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Miles To Go Before You Sleep [Kindle Edition]

Dennis Browne
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Book Description

A modern Wuthering Heights with a Mephistophelean twist--a narrator who bears a chilling resemblance to an evil Holden Caulfield...

Miles Spaulding is in love with Clare, but when he finds her in bed with a Greek boy, Jimmy Andreos, terrible things start to happen....a rape, a pregnancy, and many destroyed lives...

Twenty years pass. Miles and Clare see Jimmy at a restaurant--a lowly waiter! Miles plots more humiliation--but Andreos is far more than he seems, and the love triangle suddenly explodes with many surprise twists, death and a shocking climax.

"I have just finished MILES and love it...Truly, it is a wonderful novel. Sort of Catcher in the Rye meets Dangerous Liaisons." Rachel Joiner, Acquisition Editor, Turner Publishing (

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  • File Size: 385 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JN0X1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible editing September 11, 2012
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I liked this book a lot. I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for quite a few continuity errors and just plain poor editing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Sinister June 2, 2011
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Miles To Go Before You Sleep, by Dennis James Browne, is a riveting book reminiscent of Wuthering Heights with a Mephistophelean twist. It's one of those books that will keep you spellbound to the very end. With meanings on multiple levels, and multidimensional characters, this is destined to be a classic. The character of Miles Spaulding is especially the one who has the potential to be discussed and analyzed in future English literature courses.

Miles Spaulding is convinced that Clare Rothstein is his soul mate. He and Clare are childhood friends and Miles will go to any lengths to make Clare happy. At one point, Miles and Clare bring home a bird, Leopold, who has a broken leg. For Clare's happiness, he feigns putting the bird back in the nest when he has actually put the bird out of its misery. He states, "That night she gave me a kiss. On the cheek of course, she was so happy. I never told her what really happened because even years later she remembered Leopold with that big happy smile..."

Jimmy Andreos, nicknamed "the Greek," and Miles Spaulding are both after the same girl, Clare. While Miles is a rich mute, his father states, "Jimmy here is a straight A student and all-state quarterback. His father Frank and I are good friends." It would seem that Jimmy has all the attributes of the ideal protagonist; however, Miles, with all his imperfections, is the true protagonist of this story.

When Miles witnesses Clare and the Greek making love, the demon within him awakens and the story takes a sinister turn. Miles dedicates his life to revenge, stating, "Sometimes when you're wounded like that--real bad and so deep you think you'll die--it takes awhile to heal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Put Down November 9, 2012
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You won't be able to put Miles to Go Before You Sleep down. It's a very fast read filled with unexpected twists and turns, told by Miles Spaulding, a teenage psychopath who is madly in love with his beautiful cousin, Clare. Miles is also a mute and an outcast that everyone ignores. But he's like a spider waiting in the shadows, and everyone is completely unaware that he will kill anyone who offends him in the slightest way--and no one will have a clue who did it.

Even though at times I felt almost sorry for Miles, on almost every page he plots more and more incredibly devious acts of evil. And the rape scene with Clare is even worse than the one in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but Miles gets away with it like he gets away with everything else.
I read The Catcher in the Rye in high school and I can see how Miles and Holden Caulfield are alike because on one level they both seem innocent and they hate all the adult phoniness and hypocrisy in the world. But Holden is a decent kid and Miles is pure evil who lies at every turn, destroys lives. And to make it worse, everyone thinks he's their friend.

Clare and Miles' are high school cousins who live together on a big estate in Wisconsin. Clare's mother is a wealthy Jewish widow, and Miles' father is a rich British industrialist, and neither Miles or Clare can figure out why they live together--until they both eventually find out the truth.
Jimmy Andreos is a classmate, the poor son of a Greek convict and a popular jock who works as a gardener on the Spaulding estate. At first Clare makes fun of him, but then weeks later Miles comes home and catches them making love in his father's bedroom.
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