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The Sleeping Doll

(Kathryn Dance #1)

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When Special Agent Kathryn Dance -- a brilliant interrogator and kinesics expert with the California Bureau of Investigation -- is sent to question the convicted killer Daniel "Son of Manson" Pell as a suspect in a newly unearthed crime, she feels both trepidation and electrifying intrigue. Pell is serving a life sentence for the brutal murders of the wealthy Croyton famil ...more
Kindle Edition, Reprint edition , 450 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Simon & Schuster
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Supratim
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This book introduces us to Special Agent Katherine Dance of California Bureau of Investigation. She is an expert on interrogation and kinesics - the study of the way in which certain body movements and gestures serve as a form of non-verbal communication.

The book starts with an interrogation scene where Dance is interrogating Daniel Pell – cult leader, master manipulator and cold-blooded murderer. Pell is serving a life sentence for murdering an entire family. Only a little girl – asleep in her
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Phrynne
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Jeffery Deaver and I enjoyed it very much. I really liked his main character, Kathryn Dance. She is strong and smart and able to out think all the baddies including the ones who were supposed to be on her own side. Most crime novels finish straight after the death or capture of the main criminal. This one went on for a couple more very interesting chapters as ends were tied up and twist followed twist to the story. A great incentive to read more of his books. ...more
Janie Johnson
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-challenge
I am not all that familiar with Deaver's work, but one thing I liked most about this book is the way that is flowed. There was none of that long drawn out unnecessary hoopla. I love that. Deaver is very good at stringing his readers along to feel as though a mystery has finally been solved. But when the reader gets comfortable with that, they discover that one mystery runs straight into another keeping the reader constantly guessing and constantly turning the pages. I also love that as well. Whe ...more
Dipanjan
May 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An absolute let-down from the stables of Jeffery Deaver. In the Sleeping Doll, Mr. Deaver starts off his series with Kathryn Dance, an expert in "kinesics" based investigation. Unfortunately, Mr. Deaver's depth of knowledge in kinesics falls totally short when compared to his expertise in forensics with the Lincoln Rhyme series.

Having said so, Kathryn Dance is a character who turns to be to be nothing more than an endearing individual, a CBI agent, a widow and a mother of two. She is nowhere clo
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Rob
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Number 1 in the Kathryn Dance series.
Kathryn Dance is a special agent for the CBI, California Bureau of Investigation, specialising in kinesics. This is the science of reading body language, used in interrogations to discern whether a interviewee is telling the true or not. Kathryn is one of the few people that can do this and so is in high demand.
Nine years ago a family is callously murdered, baring the youngest child, The Sleeping Doll of the story, by a Manson like family. The leader, Daniel
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Obsidian
I was really intrigued by the character of Kathryn Dance in "Cold Moon." Having a character that uses kinesics in order to get witnesses and suspects to open up and or confess.

In "The Sleeping Doll" we get more information on the character of Kathryn Dance. She works at the California Bureau of Investigation (think of a state office set up like the FBI) and is about to interrogate a man who murdered a family decades earlier (Daniel Pell). Pell is seen as similar to Charles Manson due to having h
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✨Susan✨
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver is a great crime novelist and the heroin in this series, Kathryn Dance, is an interesting character. I think the stand out for me in this story was the villain and the mystery behind who was the true villain.
Kathryn
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Janie Johnson and Chris Brunner
The Sleeping Doll was my first Jeffery Deaver read, and I was not disappointed. I'm on a mission now to read all of Deaver's work.

This book has so many twists and turns, several, "OH MY GOSH!" moments. I really enjoyed being surprised and shocked by many events which took place, but I also appreciated the fact with all of the twists and turns, they all made sense, fit together, and were well done.

Since this was my first Jeffery Deaver, I didn't really know what to expect. Two of my best Goodre
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Wes
Dec 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't a bad book, just overly long. It has sufficient, credible twists and turns, but ultimately, it began suffering from the very first scene when the reader infers that the prisoner (Pell) might, at some point, go after Dance's kids. Authors take note: keep the families of the investigators out of it - it's an unnecessary (re: cheap) ploy successfuly NOT used by many, many fine thriller writers. It rarely adds anything, and in this case, Deaver doesn't seem to want the plot to build its ...more
Heidi
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I've always loved the Amelia Sachs and Lincoln Rhyme series, but I think I liked Kathryn Dance just as much... I sure hope that Mr. Deaver writes another one... great mystery, suspenseful and lots of false endings... overall great read.
Johnna
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely could not put this book down. Such a riveting story about FBI Kinesics expert, Kathryn Dance
Niki
Apparently, back in 2016 I enjoyed this enough to give it a 4 star rating. In 2019, I have since gotten rid of my copy of the book, and I don't remember a single thing about it, so it gets a 2 instead.
Dem
Sep 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow.
Alyssia Cooke
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
This is the first Jeffrey Deaver book I've read and I can't say that I'll be in a hurry to find any further books written by him. Whilst the premise was intriguing, the execution left a lot to be desired and I found that the first half of the book dragged to a degree that I was forcing myself onwards. It did pick up somewhat in the second half and there were some interesting twists that I hadn't seen coming, but it doesn't save this from itself.

Deaver spends far too much time in the first half o
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Harry
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having cast aside his earlier works (he should not have republished them as they're not nearly as good as his later novels), Deaver continues to deliver following his Lincoln Rhyme series.

I would be very curious to know what happened to Deaver for him to deliver such a contrast between his earlier novels and his later ones. What turned him into such a great writer during the "in between" period? How did he develop such excellent characterization, ingenious plots after writing a number of so-so b
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Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 26/07/2007
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Recoomended for: fans of thrillers, crime fiction

I thought that this was a really really great book, it is the first book that I have read by Jeffrey Deaver and it most certainly will not be the last. Kathryn Dance was a really great character, she was interesting and wasn't like other Special Agents I have read in books, the way her mind works and the way she works things out draws you into the book. It has a fast tempo that is kept up throughout the b
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Vicki Tyley
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very readable though not his best by a long shot. However, like his other books, it’s worth reading just for the ending. Twists and more twists.
Rick
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first experience reading Jeffery Deaver and it was good, if perhaps a bit too long. The twist at the end was completely unexpected. The characters were memorable and the good guys were likable.
Tiffunee
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Special Agent Kathryn Dance -- a brilliant interrogator and kinesics expert with the California Bureau of Investigation -- is sent to question the convicted killer Daniel "Son of Manson" Pell as a suspect in a newly unearthed crime, she feels both trepidation and electrifying intrigue. Pell is serving a life sentence for the brutal murders of the wealthy Croyton family in Carmel years earlier -- a crime mirroring those perpetrated by Charles Manson in the 1960s. But Pell and his cult member ...more
Carol
The Sleeping Doll by Jeffrey Deaver starts off with Kathryn Dance, a forensic investigator being called to interview a serial killer, Daniel Raymond Pell. A forensic investigator studies the body language, verbal content and verbal tone to detect if the subject is lying or trying to deflect. Prosecution is trying to get a conviction of Daniel Pell who is being held on four counts of murder.

The accused manages to escape soon after the interview. It is obvious that he had to have help. Daniel Pell
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Arielle Walker
This isn't the best ever crime thriller. The writing is good, not great; the story is interesting but not quite nail-biting; and the characters are borderline cliché. Still, something pulls it back from being average. I can honestly say that by the end I genuinely cared for the characters and the plot twists managed to surprise me right to the last page (well, nearly). Worth reading but don't go out of your way to find it perhaps.
Betsy Ashton
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I confess to liking the way Jeffery Deaver weaves a tale. From his Lincoln Rhyme series to this start of a new series, he keeps pages turning and the reader wanting more.

I listened to the book on CD on a recent road trip. The story opens with a strong hook: California Bureau of Investigation agent Kathryn Dance is an expert in reading body language, those tiny ticks and tells that reveal what is really going on. She's asked to interview a serial killer, Daniel Pell, about another murder in which
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Tara
First, the title is stupid. It doesn't really have much to do with the story. It represents a little twist in the middle but that's about it. The book was way too long, clocking in at almost 450 pages so please don't pick this up as a book club suggestion, it was killing me! But, if you are on vacation or want to kill time, it was entertaining, a little twisty and I learned a few things (like what kinestics is). It definitely made me paranoid about my body language and how to spot when people li ...more
Jodi
Chosen from my Goodreads recommendations list, this book had the elements of a interesting story but dragged on and on. At least 3 times did I expect (and want) the book to end and it continued to add (I don't want to say twists) but additional parts that I really couldn't get excited about. If you enjoy reads that tries to tie up every loose end possible you would like this book. Oh wait! No you wouldn't because it adds an additional 4th bit at the very end that leaves things open. This book wa ...more
Gary
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 1st book in the Kathryn Dance series by Jeffery Deaver.
Kathryn Dance, an investigator with the California Bureau of Investigation and this series is a spin off from the Lincoln Rhyme books. A very good move on Jeffery Deavers part keeping his books fresh.
Betsy
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sleeping Doll is the first in the Kathryn Dance series by Jeffrey Deaver. This book is my type of book -- great plot with an excellently written character. There were twists-and-turns which kept me captivated in the story. I have already picked up #2 in the series. 4 stars
Julie
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Jeffrey Deaver and now a big fan of Dance. I love the character and her science. This book pulled me in from the start and in typical Deaver fashion didn't slow down.
Monica
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could have been faster-paced. Great conclusion!
Paul Weiss
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Introducing Kathryn Dance, an exciting new female investigator!

Most thriller fans will pick up a Michael Connelly novel expecting that it's going to be about Harry Bosch. Similarly, most Jeffery Deaver fans (and I expect there's a whole pile of crossover), will pick up one of his novels expecting a story about Lincoln Rhyme and his erstwhile lover, Amelia Sachs. So it's a very pleasant and unexpected surprise to be treated to a new heroine in Kathryn Dance, an investigator with the California Bu
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Margaret
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver needs to write faster! My brother and I have read most of his books and put him at the top of our list for mystery writers. He seldom lets us down.

Although we really like his Lincoln Rhyme stories, I also like his Kathryn Dance novels. In the Sleeping Doll Kathryn Dance is sent to interview a convicted killer, Daniel Pell, whom the media has portrayed as modeling Charles Mason. What ensues a daring escape and a landscape littered with dead bodies. Kathryn is determined to understa
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