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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (May 6 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451208765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451208767
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 19.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 100 customer reviews
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Eve Sumner has an uncanny resemblance to a long-dead woman with whom John Waters was once obsessively in love. The successful Mississippi oilman's college affair with Mallory Candler ended long before she was killed, but the mysterious Eve knows things about that affair that only Mallory could have known. That's more than a coincidence, since Eve is actually Mallory's reincarnation—or, at least, she's the corporeal body into which Mallory's restless soul seems to have migrated. Long before the bizarre denouement of this supernatural thriller--a departure for Iles, whose previous thrillers have been much more straightforward--the reader's sympathies have been engaged by Waters, a decent man whose best friend may be his worst enemy and whose past may destroy his future. Iles has many gifts as a storyteller, including ingenious plotting and solid pacing, both of which are on display here, but this foray into the occult doesn't show them off to best advantage. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Going over old territory hot-and-bothered small-town Mississippi Iles tells the story of an obsessive love that seems literally to haunt John Waters. Waters has just encountered an enticing stranger who reveals something known only to his former flame, supposedly long dead. Dare we say that when the stranger is murdered, our protagonist finds himself in hot water?
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on June 25 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because Stephen King rated it so highly on the cover, and the synopsis made it seem that it would be in the lines of a Stephen King-esque kind of 'thriller'. It couldn't be further from the truth.
The novel was extremely predictable. There was no thrill. The eroticism seemed tacked-on, cheesy, pointless and excessive. There was no kick at the end, no zing to make you afraid for your own life, nothing.
I was not given any reason to care about a single character, except perhaps Annelise, for whom I felt extreme pity, and who seemed to be created only to give us false-heartwarming feelings for the main character. I was not drawn into their world, I was never made able to see through any single character's eyes.
Halfway through the novel I wanted to burn it, but only held back because I wanted to finish the book and see if it was going to end as blandly as it began, which it did. Besides which, I needed something to read until other books came in the mail.
I grew very tired of the shameless plugs for certain brand names, and I felt like the book was intended to be more of a glorified commercial crossed with a bad romance novel. I also found his attempts at describing where buildings were, where people were going, etc was pointless. "He took this street to that street which crossed over to the other street to this building" as if for some reason I would know where all those streets were, (not having ever heard of Natchez, LA or wherever). The descriptions reminded me of a High School writing assignment.
I do not intend to waste any money on another Greg Iles novel. I cannot afford to take that kind of risk.
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I have really enjoyed several of Greg Iles' books in the past, especially Spandau Phoenix. Iles has stated that he enjoys trying out different genres. I can understand his desire to explore his creative boundaries, etc. However, now that he's tried this genre, he needs to leave it alone forever. The premise of this story is not without promise, but Iles mismanaged everything from the timing to the insultingly weak ending. I agree with another reviewer that this genre is handled much better by other writers such as Koontz and King.
John Waters is characterized as a happily married man, devoted to his wife and daughter, healthy, and in his prime. His wife has been psychologically traumatized by miscarriages. YEARS ago, she chose to forsake marital relations with her husband in response to this trauma. Yet, John Waters remains "happily married" and faithful. That premise alone was one of the most irritating things about this book for me. Why John loves his wife is a complete mystery to me. She is a thoroughly despicable person. I kept waiting for her to redeem herself in some way which never happened. When the time comes to sacrifice an completely innocent person to preserve her lifestyle, she doesn't seem to have any qualms. So when Miss I-Wanna-Have-Sex-With-You enters John's life, it's difficult to become morally indignant that a "happily married" man would full immerse himself fully in carnal indulgence and infidelity. And it's also hard to care what happens to any of the characters.
Anyway, I'm sorry I can't recommend this book on any basis, but that won't keep me from looking forward to Mr. Iles' future books.
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To enjoy this book, you first need to know what you're reading. Unlike the other books by Greg Iles, this is a supernatural thriller in the vein of Dean Koontz or perhaps the less monster-filled books of Stephen King. The plot isn't overtly original; a man's dead ex-girlfriend has come back to "haunt" him by possessing other people's bodies, causing all sorts of problems, as you can imagine. But Iles has taken a rather contrived plot and made it very readable, keeping the suspense level high and the action at a nearly non-stop pace. I found myself unable to put this book down, and that rarely happens with me these days. I read the entire book in two days and was sad when it ended. My wife reacted the same way, and she and I both read voraciously and go through half a dozen books every month while rarely finding one that grabs us like Sleep No More did.
I'll repeat, this wouldn't qualify as great literature. It's escapist fiction, but it's damn good for what it is. Take it on a plane, read it on the beach, use it to kill a few hours and you won't be disappointed.
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I'm a Greg Iles fan. However, this book was not plausible, as most of his works are. After Dead Sleep, I'm sure Iles was drawn to the topic of multiplicity within one person - what if it were possible that the will to live could keep the spirit alive forever? Living forever is an underlying thought in The Footprints of God, the book that immediately follows this one in his writing career. I've reviewed both.
Eve Sumner is exotic, and she draws John Waters into an erotic journey that takes him into his own past. John is haunted by Eve's similarity to Mallory Candler. It shows in Eve's speech, the way she walks, her self-inflicted scars, and her intimate knowledge of John and Mallory's passionate romance during their college years. Eve is Mallory, but Mallory is dead.
John goes quickly from disbelieving Eve and Mallory are one, to a man possessed by the immortal Mallory. Mallory had tried to kill John when she was alive, now she is back - but it isn't his death she wants, he is the object of her obsession. John's marriage is in trouble, and it was the lack of intimacy that made him vulnerable to Eve's sexy machinations. Now he is trapped, and Mallory is a killer who will go from body to body to get what she wants.
In my opinion, soul transference is a delightfully thought reviving subject. It can evoke provocative philosophical discussions. I enjoyed reading this book, but wouldn't do so again or go to a theater to see an adaptation of it.
Far superior books are Dead Sleep and 24 Hours, and I hope Iles returns to plausible plots. His characters, as always, are rich and deep, and he weaves the story well with them.
Victoria Tarrani
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