Sleeping Beauty

Version: Abridged
Author: Phillip M. Margolin
Narrator: Margaret Whitton
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Literature
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: May 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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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.

Reviews (2)

Sleeping Beauty

Written by Nanette on September 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book. Good story line and good characters. Found myself looking forward to riding in the car so that I could listen.

Sleeping Beauty

Written by Anonymous on October 4th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I completely forgot that I had already listened to this title when it was first released. It was almost as good the second time as it was the first. Well worth the listen, but stick with the unabriidged version if you can.

Author Details

Author Details

Margolin, Phillip M.

"For almost 25 years, Phillip Margolin worked as a criminal defense attorney in Portland, Oregon at both the trial and appellate levels. During his law career, he tried a great number of cases and even argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1974, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine published a short story he had written called ""The Girl in the Yellow Bikini."" This achievement gave Margolin the confidence he needed to begin writing books. The general public was introduced to Phillip Margolin --- the novelist --- when Heartstone was released in 1978.

Margolin has used his extensive knowledge of the law and his many years of experience in the courtroom to write a series of highly successful and popular legal thrillers, all of which have been New York Times bestsellers. His latest effort is Ties That Bind and, if his past successes are any indication, this novel will be the next great ""edge-of-your-seat"" thriller.

To celebrate the release of Ties That Bind, AuthorsOnTheWeb has chosen Phillip Margolin as our Author of the Month. Readers can learn more about Margolin's life and works through trivia questions, fast facts and biographical information, as well as links to his website, bibliography and book reviews."

Margolin, Phillip

Phillip Margolin has written nineteen novels, many of them New York Times bestsellers, including his latest novels Woman with a Gun, Sleight of Hand, and the Washington trilogy. Each displays a unique, compelling insider s view of criminal behavior, which comes from his long background as a criminal defense attorney who has handled thirty murder cases. Winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, he lives in Portland, Oregon.