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Sleeping Beauty by Phillip Margolin
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Dec 22, 2011

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Read on December 26, 2011

A serial killer breaks into a family home in the middle of the night. He kills the father by repeatedly stabbing him, assaults, rapes and kills a girl spending the night with their teen aged daughter who manages to escape from him. This is how the novel opens. The girl who escapes transfers to an elite school after her father's death. There, while running one evening, she hears screams and when investigating, sees her Mother's body and that of the school's Dean in the Boathouse. She also sees a teacher from the school in the Boathouse holding a bloody knife. She runs for help and manages to escape once again. Ultimately the teacher is captured, but he escapes from custody while in Court. Years go by and the plot gets even more convoluted with the passage of time. Relationships are uncovered and discovered. No one is quite what they seem to be. The narrative is riveting enough to keep you reading long after you should have stopped. It is an excellent way to spend a long weekend.
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