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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phillip Margolin Narrator: Suzanne Houston Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9780060755744
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Author Miles Van Meter is on a book tour to promote his sensational bestseller Sleeping Beauty, a true-crime account of a deeply personal subject: the attack by a serial killer that left his twin sister, Casey, in a coma. Tonight the audience waits to hear Miles discuss recent developments in his sister's case -- unaware that pieces of this complex puzzle of violence, unknown even to the author, are about to be revealed.

Six years earlier, life was much simpler for everyone involved, especially seventeen-year-old Ashley Spencer, a popular high school soccer star. Then one night an intruder entered Ashley's home and murdered her father and her best friend. Traumatized and suffering from a crippling sense of survivor guilt, Ashley is ready to give up on both soccer and life until help comes from an unexpected source -- a scholarship to an elite private school is extended to her by school dean Casey Van Meter. The school quickly becomes a haven for both Ashley and her mother, Terri. As Ashley regains her sense of self through the school's soccer program, Terri joins a writing group for adults led by Joshua Maxfield, a former literary wunderkind who has disappeared from the bestseller lists since his second book was panned by both critics and fans.

Then tragedy strikes again and Ashley has to run for her life, unaware that the key to her survival is in the one book she's afraid to read -- Sleeping Beauty.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Phillip Margolin knows how to pack in the thrills … Sleeping Beauty will keep you guessing until its shocking end.”

    Tess Gerritsen

  • Sleeping Beauty will keep you awake all night. Phillip Margolin has done it again!”

    Harlan Coben

  • “Phillip Margolin plays delicious tricks on his readers, dashing expectations, twisting the knife deeper, making the suspense really hurt.”

    Perri O’Shaughnessy, author of Presumption of Death

  • “Intricately plotted, tense and suspenseful . With unexpected twists and turns, the story moves to an explosive climax.”

    Toronto Sun

  • “Another sure winner…The twists and turns of the plot keep the suspense ratcheted up to an excruciating level”

    Library Journal (starred review) 

  • “Sends chills up the spine.”

    Orlando (FL) Sentinel

  • “Compelling…Thrills and chills in a satisfying way [that] keeps you awake and guessing.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

  • “Clever and diabolical…A must for suspense fans.”

    BookPage

  • “Even the most skeptical reader might be surprised to learn who is responsible for the mayhem.”

    Albany (NY) Times Union

  • “Margolin delivers a nifty sleight of hand…Don’t assume anything in this well-crafted chiller.”

    Fort Myers (FL) News-Press

  • “Skillfully plotted . maintains the suspense…one of [Margolin’s] best.”

    Memphis Commercial Appeal 

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcy | 2/12/2014

    " Lots of murder suspects and many plot twists made this serial killer mystery a quick, enjoyable read. I erroneously pegged one character and didn't see the final evil-doer coming. It's nice to be surprised! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Husom | 2/8/2014

    " A fast paced thriller that keeps you guessing and wide-awake reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 2/6/2014

    " Again, totally predicable, but I did enjoy the whole author signing aspect of it. It was fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilly-Anne | 1/27/2014

    " Great murder mystery with lots of twists! A great job of slowly revealing new information would cause me to question my assumptions. Loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/20/2014

    " The author leads you one way throughout the book and then changes direction at the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Macjest | 1/18/2014

    " Definitely full of twists and turns as well as some characters who you're supposed to feel sympathy for but can't because they're not very likeable. Had my suspicions as to the killers identity, but was half right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/17/2014

    " Saw the end coming, but enjoyed it still. I always like a Philip Margolin novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 1/17/2014

    " Margolin has NOT disappointed me yet. Amazing author for this genre. LOVE IT! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 1/15/2014

    " His books are pretty transparent - am able to figure out the "bad guy" fairly early on - but an ok read overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingrid | 1/10/2014

    " This book had a wonderful twist at the end of it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 12/19/2013

    " Reviewed for PW. I was nice in the review, but the book is unspeakably bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Young | 12/10/2013

    " This was the first Phillip Margolin book I read. I didn't figure it out until almost the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 12/6/2013

    " There were lots of twists and I got a little confused with the time changes back and forth. I figured out who the real killer was about half way through but there were some other things thrown in at the end that I didn't expect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 della | 11/18/2013

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Breia | 10/13/2013

    " Loved this book. Interesting plot and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 10/7/2013

    " First book I figured out who the killer was, before it was revealed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 10/6/2013

    " Real whodunit! Great story, great writing. Surprise, surprise, surprise, kept me guessing for most of the book, which I could not put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Pierce | 8/10/2013

    " I read this in less than four hours. I just could not put it down. It is certainly one of the best murder mystery/thrillers I've read in a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Swett | 8/9/2013

    " This book kept me guessing the whole way, and had an unexpected twist at the end. It made me want to check the locks on my doors "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie Zagzebski | 7/28/2013

    " excellent book. Well written and easy to follow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne | 4/15/2013

    " I am sure I have read some of Margolin's books before and thought he was a pretty good author. I was disappointed in this book, his writing style seemed immature...I doubt I will read any more of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Boni | 9/29/2012

    " Kept you in suspense throughout... did not give away the dramatic ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 9/1/2012

    " I liked this book, however it was a little predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 4/17/2012

    " I really liked the twists and turns. It seems so straight forward from the beginning but then it changes completely. I was quite shocked by the end. This book had a little bit of everything. Mystery, secrets, romance, with a psycho path or two thrown in. Very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maurean | 1/18/2012

    " Another wonderfully suspenseful tale by Margolin - one of his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mcrown3 | 1/3/2012

    " Pretty good. I just didn't want to figure out whodunit before the author wanted me to. I'll definitely check out some more of Margolin's books. This was my first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenene | 12/17/2011

    " Lots of twists and turns and I was wrong about whodunit! Fast-paced, excellent mystery!! Highly recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 8/13/2011

    " Serial killer thriller. Good page turner with plenty of twists but awfully graphic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 5/29/2011

    " It was definitely suspenseful, everyone was a suspect to me, it made the ending satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Madonna | 5/13/2011

    " Excellent mystery. Kept you guessing to the end. Everything was not at it seems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/11/2011

    " There were lots of twists and I got a little confused with the time changes back and forth. I figured out who the real killer was about half way through but there were some other things thrown in at the end that I didn't expect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savannah | 4/10/2011

    " I think this book is scary and exciting. People who can`t handle murder scenes though, STAY AWAY!! A really good book so far! I love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 3/15/2011

    " excellent book. Well written and easy to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jules | 1/23/2011

    " I read this while I was in 9th grade. I wasn't that into mystery books but this book kept me interested. I would totally read this again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/15/2010

    " This is not my genre... but it passed the time. It's an average mystery, and though it kept me reading - I had already guessed the killer mid-book... so I guess I found it formulaic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilly-Anne | 8/23/2010

    " Great murder mystery with lots of twists! A great job of slowly revealing new information would cause me to question my assumptions. Loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 7/30/2010

    " It was definitely suspenseful, everyone was a suspect to me, it made the ending satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 4/5/2010

    " Margolin has NOT disappointed me yet. Amazing author for this genre. LOVE IT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcy | 3/25/2010

    " Lots of murder suspects and many plot twists made this serial killer mystery a quick, enjoyable read. I erroneously pegged one character and didn't see the final evil-doer coming. It's nice to be surprised! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/26/2010

    " Very Good; teen escapes serial killer, only to have family members killed; she plays a key role in sending him to prison - but is it the right person?
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Boni | 12/23/2009

    " Kept you in suspense throughout... did not give away the dramatic ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 11/1/2009

    " First book I figured out who the killer was, before it was revealed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Breia | 9/14/2009

    " Loved this book. Interesting plot and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 9/7/2009

    " A fast paced thriller that keeps you guessing and wide-awake reading. "

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About the Author
Author Phillip Margolin

Phillip Margolin has written more than a dozen New York Times bestselling mysteries for adults, including Gone, but Not Forgotten; Executive Privilege; and Wild Justice. With Vanishing Acts, he achieved two new firsts—his first book for young readers and his first book with his daughter, Ami Margolin Rome.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Houston is an audiobook narrator whose reading of Phillip Margolin’s Sleeping Beauty was praised by AudioFile magazine as “riveting…worth every listening moment.”