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Sleep No More

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  8,551 ratings  ·  540 reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Penn Cage series explores the dangers of obsession in this gripping psychological thriller.

John Waters is a successful businessman and a happy family man--but his life comes crashing down around him with one word from a beautiful stranger: "Soon." Suddenly, he is face to face with a memory from his past--of an obsession that
Mass Market Paperback, 470 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Berkley Books (first published 2002)
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Brenda It was hard getting through this book. It was my first time reading one of his books. If they are all like this I wont read anymore! I don't believe i…moreIt was hard getting through this book. It was my first time reading one of his books. If they are all like this I wont read anymore! I don't believe in paranormal! I would rather it have been his friend Cole doing this to him than someone transferring in and out of bodies! Just my opinion!(less)

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Jul 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
The great Dick Hill narrating in his prime can't salvage this Disappointing novel. 1 of 10 stars! ...more
Jonathan K
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
In many ways this does not seem like a book Greg wrote and was far below typical. Predictable in some ways, he introduced a paranormal element which I felt didn't work. Having read every book he's written save one, this is mediocre at best, and lacks everything I expect from him. Sorry dude, this is a loser. ...more
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I'm kind of a sucker for any novel or movie that Stephen King recommends. It may not always pay off when it comes to movies, but when it comes to good books, King has rarely steered me wrong. It's because of King that I discovered one of my favorite authors, Laura Lippman.

I didn't come to Greg Iles through King. I picked up his novel "Turning Angel" and was hooked immediately. Most Iles books are those that I'd classify as "books that own me" while reading them. I keep wanting to go and do other
Feb 15, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Totally predictable and what story there is gets buried by all of the poorly-written sex scenes.
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really like this author, even though sometimes the stories become so far-fetched that you would never believe these things could happen. He manages to make it plausible and suck you in to the story before he drops the crazy on you.
But this one? ehhhhh...I'm still not sure. I think the strength of his other stories are that, even with all the twists, they are still based in reality. This was definitely not.
I'm not going to give the whole plot line here but I will say that it
Beagle Lover (Avid Reader)
3.75 stars

Read this many years I showing my age by stating this?? An excellent read that kept me on my literary toes.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of Greg Iles. He writes at a furious pace, with believable characters. He's so good here that He makes the unbelievable more realistic than what would normally be called "reality". If you like fast paced thrillers with a supernatural touch, he's your guy. ...more
The Cats’ Mother
This is a stand-alone novel set in the same Mississippi town as The Quiet Game, which was an excellent thriller featuring lawyer turned bestselling novelist Penn Cage. This is an erotic thriller with a supernatural twist, and very different in style. Cage does feature here but this would be outside of the rest of his series. It feels like the author was experimenting with a different genre and hopefully then realised his mistake. I got this from Book Club and my friend recommended it and asked t ...more
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Stephen King said “should come with a red wrapper marked DANGER: HIGH EXPLOSIVES” about Greg Iles book Sleep No More. People magazine said: “Irresistible Pass-the-popcorn fun.” And somewhere in the middle is the truth.

There are three different types of books – fun books without a lot of literary merit and intelligent books that are, often, dry as toast and books that fall in the middle - well written prose with characters that jump off the page. Iles isn’t a bad writer and Sleep No More isn’t a
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is the first Greg Iles book that I have not cared for. All of his books have been 4 stars for me but this just fell flat.
lynne naranek
Jul 17, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
This book would make a good thriller/supernatural movie.

The book itself was rather disappointing, especially when the dust cover boasts Stephen King saying "This novel should come with a red wrapper marked DANGER: HIGH EXPLOSIVES."

One amusing repetition/recurrence in Sleep No More and Turning Angel is the hiring of ex-district attorney Penn Cage with one dollar here, and twenty dollars in the other tale, in order to secure attorney-client priviledge even if Mr Cage didn't really end up as the
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: supernatural
Really???!!!!?? I am having a rough spell with picking up kind of icky books. I have no problem with the basic plot of Sleep No More, however, the fact that the development of the plot took place during, ilicit coupling as another review described, was a turn off for me. (I'm trying to not make a spoiler so I know my description is weird!) I guess all I'll say is that normally, I reach a sex scene and I just jump to the end of the section or end of the page as it may be, and I feel that I can ce ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm still giving this book 5 Stars even though this story was beyond anything I have ever read. Very well written and so whacked out, even for Greg Iles, well maybe not :-) ...more
John Waters is a successful businessman and a happy family man -- but his life comes crashing down around him with one word from a beautiful stranger: "Soon." Suddenly he is face-to-face with a memory from his past -- of an obsession that he thought he had escaped. One that plunges him into the darkest depths of love and passion.... (cover blurb

On the surface, John Waters has it all -- a loving wife, a beautiful child, a successful business -- but appearances are deceiving. His marriage is in tr
Mary Jo
Sep 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Terrible! I only finished it because I’m stuck inside during COVID rules. Someone must have paid Stephan King to recommend this waste of time. A dead first love entering the bodies of people you know....get this...through intercourses. Even sex scenes are boring!!!
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: greg-iles
Grossly Engaging!!

This is my second book of Greg Iles and I’m glad that I took this book from the library. After reading his first book “The Quiet Game” where we get to introduce Mr. Penn Cage, a former lawyer and now an author who decides to go his home, Natchez in Mississippi and gets entangled in a murder of a black korean war veteran.

Coming to this book, I was totally enthralled by the writing and the way the plot is written. We get introduce to Mr. John Waters who put his wife and daughter
Susan (aka Just My Op)
I like Greg Iles as an author, and I've enjoyed all the books of his that I read previous to this one. He writes a good story and he writes it well. There are always twists and turns and it is just enjoyable entertainment.

However, this one has been my least favorite so far. There are lots of supernatural happenings, and I'm not going to tell whether the book made them real or delusions, but I didn't really care for that storyline. Sex was an integral part of the story, but the sex wasn't even se
Cathy DuPont
A couple of times I had to check the author of this book, thinking it was written by Stephen King.

I have a couple of books on my shelf by Iles but have never read him util now so didn't know what to expect. I was surprised when there were some mysterious things happening.

Before I read another Iles, I'm reading what my Goodreads friends have to say about the book.

As most everyone knows, I love mysteries, noir and hard-boiled and not quite sure if "Sleep No More" fits snugly into any of these ca
May 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thrillers
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Christopher Sworen
Sleep no More is a 2002 novel written by Mississippi novelist Greg Iles.

John Waters works in the oil industry and in his free time coaches his daughter's soccer team. One time, during practice, he meets a woman called Eve Sumner, who, as it turns out, is possessed by the soul of Mallory Candler - John's dead lover from twenty years ago. It doesn't take long until John has an affair with Eve/Mallory but the affair soon enmeshes him in all sorts of legal trouble. He has to face charges of murder,
Free Fall
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What I like about Greg Iles' books is that they start from a precarious point for the main character and then they steadily get worse.

It's as though you're slowly watching Waters' life fall apart while he stands at the sidelines, completely helpless to do anything about it. Though it ends with everything settled, for the majority of Sleep No More, Waters is buried up to his neck and surrounded by crocodiles.

Oh, Mallory. Wow. Okay, I really don't see how what she did could be possible, but the bo
Malcolm Frawley
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Greg Iles' crime novels are set in Mississippi. I have enjoyed several others but found this one disappointing. The supernatural element, while fascinating in & of itself, seems to sit awkwardly with these characters & settings. And I still don't understand what relevance the title holds. ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, novels
The most whacked book I've read in a while! ...more
Shirley Laliberte
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Forgot how much I love Greg Isles
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book hard to put down.

The premise of this book seems quite simple; a man has an affair and then his lover dies. Now, that wouldn't be interesting at all now, would it?
I think that I went into this book with eyes closed, so to speak, as I wasn't aware that there must be another reason for what has happened. I seemed to spend three quarters of this book searching for a 'realistic' explanation for an event. It wasn't until closer to the end that I fully embraced what was happening. I do think that, had I embraced such
Brent Ecenbarger
I've read a lot of Greg Iles lately on the recommendation of a co-worker, and while not all of the books have been for me I've enjoyed how he's jumped around genres a couple of times. While most of his books have fit into the thriller genre, his foray into World War II/espionage fiction were some of the better that he's read and in Sleep No More he's moved into Stephen King supernatural territory. Looking at some of the other reviews, it seems a lot of his fans didn't appreciate the switch.

Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, top-fiction
The ex from hell. As always for Iles, this book had me in it's grip till the end. He has the gift that few others have to make me turn pages. The plot premise requires you to forget the concept of disbelief altogether but I give him credit for the book being this good with that big a challenge to the reader. Still good way to have a crazy ex ruin you're life concept. The book is addictive. I had issues with the book though. The sex scenes were pure drudgery by the end of the first half and the p ...more
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Iles is supposed to be a great writer-however I was not that impressed with this book. The book starts of strong detailing the life of Jack Woods who is in a sexless marriage and has a business partner that is not really pulling his weight-they run an oil drilling company and are having EPA problems. The reader is introduced to his deceased girlfriend Mallory and Eve Sumner who is coming on to Woods and has repeated things that only Woods and Mallory would know. Then out of left field there is a ...more
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Greg Iles was born in Germany in 1960. He grew up in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He was active in a band called "Frankly Scarlet", but quit after realizing that the touring lifestyle was not conducive with his family life. Once no longer busy with the band, he turned his attention to writing.

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