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To Sleep... Perchance to Die

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Tangled lives, tainted love, and a Shakespearean twist lead to deception, betrayal, and murder. In this sexy, psychological thriller, Eurasian beauty Mai Faca plots to marry Jake Warden, a successful oral surgeon forbidden to her because of family honor. In an unheard-of scheme, fellow surgeon, Bret Manley, falls victim to Mai’s seduction as she and Jake play a cruel trick ...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Turn the Page Publishing (first published May 28th 2013)
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A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
3.5

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Mai Faca and Jake Warden are lovers. Jake is getting out of a bad marriage and will soon be free, but Mai’s parents hate Jews and Jake is one whether he practices or not. Her family would never condone a marriage between her and a Jew, so the family would kill him outright and she would be banished. She loves her family and doesn’t want to be banished. So they have to come up with some other way to be together. Enter J
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Jane
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I read this book because it was written by a neighbor and chosen by my neighborhood book club. I would rate it as an below-average murder mystery in terms of story line and writing style. From the beginning, I felt the writing was below par - including all the little catchy things they teach you in writing class, such as "The room was as dark as his thoughts". The fact that they were so noticeable detracted from the story. I glanced at one of the reviews that said this book was sexy - I think no ...more
Tammy Hastings
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads-wins
I won a copy of this book through First Reads Giveaways.

I enjoyed it. I really hated the characters of Mia and Jake. They are just totally AWFUL people with no redeeming qualities. They almost overpower the book with their bitterness. However, there are some redeeming moments, such as Bret's choice not to seek vengeance on his prison cell-mate and the tireless pursuit of justice by Bret's uncle and his 'crew' of detectives and lawyers. There were some things that didn't really flow well, however
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Todd Russell
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me check out this uncorrected proof. This novel is due out in June 2013.

Trouble abounds for surgeon Bret Manley when he is caught in between a devious love triangle. His surgeon friend Jake Warden will do anything to possess Bret's wife, Mai Faca, and she's all too happy to help him scheme and deceive behind Manley's back.

This debut novel from Donald R. Grippo, an oral surgeon, was a bit of a surprise in subject matter. Despite reading the book'
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Jennifer
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Heather
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Let me start by saying that I love this cover. I didn’t initially notice the image reflected on the eye, and I think it’s a fantastic touch. I always thought the cover was eye-catching (pardon the pun – I couldn’t think of another way to say it), but upon this little discovery think it’s that much better.

Unfortunately, I don’t think the story lives up to the cover. Not at all. It’s interesting, but so convoluted and so out there that it just doesn’t work for me. And way too much is revealed alon
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T.B. Markinson
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Real rating: 3.5

I’m a sucker for murder mysteries so when I had the chance to join this book tour I was super excited. The book starts off well and hooked me. Jake and Mia are really horrible people. There wasn’t one thing that I liked about them and it’s fun to really hate the villains. I went back and forth with Bret. I did feel sorry for him, yet there were times when I felt like he really just turned a blind eye to major warning signs. This bugged me some. But in the end, he redeemed himself
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Amberr Meadows
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lovers of medical thrillers with murderous plots, forbidden relationships, and betrayals will want to read To Sleep...Perchance to Die. Donald Grippo ties everything together in an intricately woven plot of well-developed characters you either love or hate (no in-between), perfectly-timed climax, and an ending strategically placed at the beginning that sets the tone of foreboding from the very beginning. You already know someone's going to die, and it makes you hungry to race through the pages t ...more
gautami
Two people set out to destroy another. Why? Now that is complicated. Jake and Brett are oral surgeons. Mia, unknown to Jake, chooses him to be in her life. He is much in love with her and kills for her. So much so that he traps his best friend, Bret Manley in their plotting. Mia seduces Bret, marries him. She and Jake carry on with their affair behind his back.

With surgical precision, they destroy his life. Bret ends up in jail for murder he did not compete. However, his uncle Hubie Santos is a
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Victoria Brinius
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a great medical drama that had a lot of interesting medical facts. There was also murder, a messed up couple that deserve each other and a naive man that wanted to believe Mai. Bret was my favorite character, especially when he started to realize Mai's true personality. I also liked that the author wrote about oral surgery. I could tell that he knew a lot about that subject, and his knowledge made the book more realistic. I also want to mention that the author is from NorthEast Connecti ...more
Christa Nardi
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Definitely a story of betrayal on all fronts targeting Bret Manley, who sees and believes what he wants to - that Mai is in love with him and his best friend, Jake, is only acting in his best interests. It is a devious plot that Mai and Jake device, seemingly the perfect crime. The various pieces are planned and fall into place like an intricate puzzle with Bret left in despair. Even when Bret and his uncle Hubie Santos are certain that Jake and Mai are behind the murder of Bret's neighbor, ther ...more
Dawn
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

To Sleep…Perchance to Die is a psychological thriller that is hard to put down. It’s hard to believe that this is Donald R. Grippo’s first novel.

The characters are well developed. Two of the main characters, Jake and Mai, are the kind of people that you love to hate. It got to the point that nothing they did surprised me. The other main character, Bret, is a good guy but he’s clueless and at first I was thinking that he was too trusting. T
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Angela Thompson
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very rarely does a book keep me glued to its pages to the very last page. Usually the last chapter or so of a book ties up the story into a neat little summarized package. While the author's writing style took a bit to catch my interest early on; Grippo kept the book's action and slight suspense flowing to the very end. To Sleep...Perchance to Die didn't leave a lot of loose ends--although a little mystery remained after the last page. If you enjoy psychological thrillers (and don't mind more th ...more
Heather Spergel
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I grabbed this book initially due to the intense cover and then solidified my desire to read it just with the title. This psych thriller leads you down a road of love, deception, and murder like not many books can- and in a way that didn't disappoint. I read this book in just a few days (frustratingly interrupted by my own life). This page turner was well written, packed with interesting factual info (oral surgery and jury/court case facts), and the characters felt tangible. I could picture each ...more
NaTaya Hastings
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Hmmm... I'm of mixed minds about this book. It was a pretty decent book, but the beginning (which is really an ending placed in the beginning for effect) makes absolutely no sense in terms of how the book ends, and that REALLY bothers me. I kept waiting for the book to catch up with that opening scene and make sense, but it never did. Even after I completed the book, I went back and re-read that first scene to make sure I hadn't misunderstood... and nope, it still didn't make sense. So yeah. Ove ...more
Connie
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a Giveaway through Goodreads. I actually started reading it last night and I finished it last night.

The story immediately caught my interest and I was unable to stop reading it until finished.

An excellent story and very well written. I recommend it as a MUST READ!To Sleep... Perchance to Die
Katy
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was a bit slow to start, but got pretty interesting. I wouldn't say the plot is awful - there is action, deceit, suspense, and the end was still a bit of a surprise. However, the writing was very "wrting class"esque. The descriptions seemed forced and the syntax was often choppy. I was thankful to get to the end of the book just so I could read something else. It definitely took a bit of oomph for me to force myself through the book.
Cristy Kidd
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
To Sleep…Perchance to Die is a medical thriller and murder mystery that kept me in a fairly constant state of jaw-on-the-floor-what-the-hell-are-they-thinking shock, right to the end. To see my full review, visit: http://ladyinread.com/2014/05/29/chal...
Jeanne Marie
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was my first conscious encounter with intertextuality! But don't let that worry you! His chapter quotes make for a fun read, alluding to what the reader may want to anticipate happening. Based on his academic, office and penal experiences he captured those settings very well and wove an interesting but light read!
Ingrid Davidsen
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and could not put it down. Never thought there could be such despicable, selfish, lustful people in the world but author Donald Grippo served them up on a tasty platter full of spicy deceit and a forward-moving plot that pulled me in from the start.
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Donald R. Grippo, D.D.S., practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery in northeastern Connecticut for more than 30 years. On a daily basis, the doctor encountered the patients’ fear of undergoing oral surgery and associated intravenous anesthesia. To help allay such fear he wrote, A Guide to the Guy or Gal Who Takes Your Teeth Out, a series of short stories dealing with the treatment of typical oral ...more