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‘The Sleeping Beauty Killer’ by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
Published by Simon & Schuster, 13 July 2017. ISBN:
Casey Carter is released from prison after serving
fifteen years for the manslaughter of her fiancé. She has always maintained her
innocence and as soon as her mother Paula and her cousin Angela pick her up
from the prison she declares her determination to find out who really killed
Casey gets in touch with Laurie who
runs a television series investigating old crimes where people felt they had
been wrongly accused. She explains to Laurie that she thought she had been
drugged and when she came round she found Hunter dead in a pool of blood. It
was because she claimed that she had been out cold at the time of his murder
that she was known as the Sleeping Beauty Killer.
Laurie's friend Charlotte works
with Angela and they are both sure Casey is innocent and agree to help Laurie
prove it. It seems the majority of people believe Casey was guilty, not least
of all Hunter's father who even persuaded Casey's ex-boyfriend to write a book
about her, calling her Crazy Casey and showing her in a really bad light. However,
Laurie is so convinced by Casey and Angela's insistence on her innocence that
she starts interviewing people to appear on her show, even if there are not
many on Casey's side.
As the story progresses evidence
seems to point one way and then the other and Laurie feels that she has a great
programme to air, until people start deciding they do not want to appear after
all, why? Who has been getting at them? After a really exciting climax the
truth is revealed.
I really enjoy Mary Higgins Clark's
books and this one lived up to expectations. So persuasive were the arguments
for and against Casey's innocence that one minute I was convinced of her guilt
and the next I was sure she didn't kill Hunter. So many times, did the evidence
seem to point one way and then the other that my head was buzzing!
A really good book well plotted and
full of red herrings. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Mary Higgins Clark is the
author of twenty-two worldwide bestselling works of fiction and a memoir. She
lives in Saddle River, New Jersey, with her husband.
Alafair Burkeis a graduate of Stanford Law
School and a former Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon, she is now a
Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she teaches criminal law and
procedure.She is the author of “two
power house series” (Sun-Sentinel) that have earned her a reputation for
creating strong, believable, and eminently likable female characters, such as
NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Portland Deputy District Attorney Samantha
Kincaid. Alafair’s novels grow out of her experience as a prosecutor in
America’s police precincts and criminal courtrooms, and have been featured by
The Today Show, People Magazine, The New York Times, MSNBC, The Washington
Post, USA Today, and The Chicago Sun-Times.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love
is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.