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Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Hardcover – August 1, 1997
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The title may sound familiar because a made-for-TV movie based on the story premiered last fall. Tori Spelling played Laurie Lewisohn, a gullible daughter who falls in love with a psychopath despite her mother's admonitions. From the prolog, readers know that Billy Owens is a deceitful killer, but he assumes a new identity (as Kevin Glade) when he goes away to college and meets Laurie. Charming and clever, he is able to keep her infatuated long past the initial suspicions that prompt her mother to investigate his background. Only when Kevin's obsessive behavior becomes increasingly bizarre does Laurie try to break up with him, which leads to a chilling, fast-paced finale. This is fine escapist fare, and the TV tie-in may increase interest. Recommended for public libraries.?Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
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This novel would make a good TV movie. In fact, it aired last season. From the beginning, when Billy Owens bludgeons his girlfriend, April, to death with a telephone, the reader knows he's trouble. After dumping April's body in a quarry, Billy leaves town, changes his name to Kevin Glade, enrolls in Cornell, and takes up with Laurel Lewishon. He seems to be the perfect boyfriend--too perfect, in fact, as far as Laurel's mom, Jessica, is concerned. Laurie resents Jessica's interference, but Mom follows her instincts anyway and investigates Kevin's past on her own. Meanwhile, back in Billy's hometown, policewoman Sandy Ungar has finally been able to prove that April was murdered, and she starts looking for the killer. Kevin's creepy possessiveness gets boring, and Laurie tries to break away but finds that he won't take no for an answer. The suspense comes from worrying whether Jessica's and Sandy's paths will converge, so that they can unmask Billy/Kevin before it's too late. Despite the lack of surprises, this is an effective thriller. Mary Ellen Quinn
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his personal history and quickly realizes that he is not who he says he is.
Jessica warns Laurie that something is not right with her boy friend. Laurie has already been concerned with Kevin's jealousy and possessiveness. What neither Lewisohn female knows is that Kevin has a deadly past with girl friends. No one breaks off with Kevin. He is the one who ends relationships, permanently.
MOTHER, MAY I SLEEP WITH DANGER? is a chilling psychological thriller
because the novel emphasizes one of the worst fears a parent has: the feeling of
helplessness as they observe their children dating a potentially dangerous individual. The mother and daughter are a charming and intelligent pair, and Kevin's duality of compassionate and supportive Vs obsessive and possessive behavior is brilliantly developed. Though the suspense is somewhat mitigated by the obvious thread the story line must travel, Claire Rainwater Jacobs has written a nightmare thriller.