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Sleep No More [Hardcover]

Greg Iles
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John Waters is a successful petroleum geologist with the perfect family. Then one day his world is turned inside out by a single word spoken from the lips of the stunning Eve Sumner. One solitary word that takes him back a decade to another woman and the most passionate of affairs. Mallory Candler was the quintessential Southern Belle. But her captivating beauty and intelligence hid a dark side that John Waters couldn't handle. Mallory loved John with a deep seething passion that threatened to destroy them both, and despite his infatuation he ended their affair. Sometime later her body was found raped and murdered on a New Orleans pier. When John and Eve meet two days later at a cocktail party her parting gesture is a slight squeeze of his hand and the words "You weren't wrong about what I said; it's me John." His blood runs cold. How does Eve Sumner know so many secrets about his past with Mallory Candler? Was their first meeting cleverly orchestrated or simply fate?
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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?
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sleep No More by Greg Isles is a soulful chiller of a thriller.

When John Waters, a happily married family man, is approached by a beautiful intriguing stranger who whispers one mysterious word--soon--his life takes an unexpected turn. Suddenly everything he knows as truth and reality spirals out of control as someone from his past reappears. But it is the way that she reappears that will shock you. And it is what she does next that will chill you even further.

This novel is rather difficult to review without giving away the plot or the key mystery, but it is sure to give you goosebumps and you won't look at those around you the same way ever again. It is a mix of horror and suspense, a bit of fantastical and a ton of thriller, and overall, it's one novel you won't want to miss. Greg Isles keeps the tension taut until the bitter end. Kudos!

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif

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5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa! July 15 2002
After the success of DEAD SLEEP the author decides to try something new with SLEEP NO MORE. This book is not a sequel but a new standalone novel that includes a pair of characters from THE QUIET GAME. Before the story begins the author warns the reader to prepare for a wild ride and he is not kidding. Iles does this by creating a noir novel and placing it in The Twilight Zone.
Geologist John Waters is living a somewhat comfortable life. He lives in Natchez, Mississippi, has a successful business and a loving family. The only thing that is troubling him is that his wife is reeling from two previous miscarriages and the Environmental Protection Agency is looking hard at some of the work Waters has done. They are all regular problems that eventually will be solved. His life as he knows it will change one afternoon during his daughter's soccer game.
While watching the game he is entranced by Eve Sumner, a young real estate agent working and living at Natchez, who leaves Waters with a sense of deja vu. She sends him a signal only known to him and a former lover named Mallory Candler. What make this even stranger is that Mallory died from a brutal assault and rape that happened in New Orleans ten years ago. What is Eve Sumner's relationship with Mallory? When he finally meets up with Eve he is going to be flabbergasted with what she tells him. She reveals things that only Mallory and Waters could know and once she explains how she knows it will blow his mind.
Everything John took for granted is questioned and he becomes so obsessed with Eve that he is willing to give up his family to be with her. It is not until his family is threatened that he starts to put his life together. Things get worse when Eve's body is found strangled in a motel room and all the evidence points out to Waters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good- with just a bit too much oddness July 17 2004
By chode
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Greg Iles enchanted me frome the start of this book, with excellent characters, an ultra strange plot and most of all eortic fantasies. As the book progressed sex was all that was given for at least 5 chapters. Malorry, and johnny time and time again Iles takes the plunge into describing the sex. Perhaps he should have remebered the plot a little better. once he conquers this barrier the book begins to expand once again. If only Iles could have kept tyhe feeling alive throughout the entierety of the book. This is not his best work, that goes to the stellar Mortal fear, but it survives. A good read but dont expect too much, you won't lose sleep over it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending July 9 2004
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This book was absolutely engrossing for about the first 3/4 of the way through. Then it seemed like the author just got tired of the story and wrapped it up as quickly as possible ignoring the plot-line up until then. I was so disappointed by this book -- in fact, I almost felt cheated!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Meh. June 25 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Supernatural Thriller!
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... Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by Author Ty
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange, somewhat suspenseful, insightful. Add 1/2 star.
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 -... Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by Victoria Tarrani
5.0 out of 5 stars Greg Iles truly knows SUSPENSE!!
Whenever I read a Greg Iles book, I find myself completely puzzled on how the main character will POSSIBLY ever "make it" through the situation they're in, and this book was no... Read more
Published on June 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Greg Iles truly knows SUSPENCE!!
Whenever I read a Greg Iles book, I find myself completely puzzled on how the main character will POSSIBLY ever "make it" through the situation they're in, and this book was no... Read more
Published on June 12 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time to read
Disappointing. That sums it up. Story seems to be a psycho-sexual knock off of "Fallen" and doesn't even come close to engaging the reader. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Milan Mrvichin
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh no, not Iles.
Yes, I'm afraid it's true. Iles has resorted to the cheap writer's trick of the "supernatural" to spice things up. Whose idea was this-some agent's? Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Davy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story with a slow beginning
I read "Dead Sleep" by Greg Iles, and I do have to say that it was better than this one. The characters and plot are very strong, but I had to wait a little while before... Read more
Published on April 24 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars An experiment gone wrong
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. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Vanessa Larkspur
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but silly
Greg Iles is one of my favorite writers of crime fiction. His books are full of complex characters and plots that range from strong crime fiction to the thriller sub genre. Read more
Published on March 4 2004 by Larry
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