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The Sleeping Doll: A Novel (Kathryn Dance) Paperback – June 16, 2009
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About the Author
Jeffery Deaver, a former attorney, is the New York Times bestselling author of two collections of short stories and dozens of previous suspense novels. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel The Bodies Left Behind. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, and The Burning Wire. Visit the author on Facebook or go to JefferyDeaver.com.
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"She and her best friend, Martine Christensen, ran a website called “American Tunes,” after the famous Paul Simon song from the 1970s. Kathryn Dance was not a bad musician, but a brief attempt at a full- time career as a singer and guitarist had left her dissatisfied (which, she was afraid, was how she ’d left her audiences)."
“Well, I’ll tell you. When my father was in Nam his platoon sometimes had to take out Vietcong tunnels. Sometimes they’d find booby traps. Sometimes they’d find VC. It was the most dangerous job in the war. Dad developed this fear that stayed with him all his life.”
"No. Volunteerphobia. He cleared one tunnel, then never raised his hand again. Nobody can quite figure out why exactly you stepped forward on this one.”
I will re-read parts of this book. Look forward to other works by this author.
I really found the interviews and her understanding of what was really happening to the interviewee through kinesics to be facinating, and I haven't read anything before where this was a major factor. Combined with Deavers ability to drag you in and not let you go, this is an education and well as an excursion into true darkness.
I read this 600-page book over a LONG period of time. I always keep a book in my car for when I go out to lunch between errands/volunteering, am waiting in a doctor's office, etc. This book has been my "car book" for quite some time. So was this story as compelling and intense to me as someone who read it in a day or two? Of course not. But it was still a pretty compelling story about a cult-type personality who is trying to gather his "family" back together after leaving prison, and the crimes that are commmitted along the way.
Having read this book, I still really like the Kathryn Dance character, but I felt that the circumstances surrounding this cult leader and the killings connected to him were more outlandish and unbelievable more often than in the average Lincoln Rhyme series novel. For that reason, and because of the nearly-600-page length (I'm not a fan of long books as I don't sit down and read a book in one sitting), I gave this book 3 stars vs. 4. That is not to say it is a bad book at all. It is interesting and has some several big surprises that you may not see coming. It just didn't give me the adrenaline rush that many Deaver stories do--i.e., it wasn't usually that hard to stop reading when I was done eating lunch, etc. I was never so compelled by the story that I had to bring the book in the house and keep reading.
If you haven't read Deaver before, I heartily recommend him, but I'd suggest you begin with either non-series books like The Blue Nowhere or his Lincoln Rhyme series which began, I believe, with The Bone Collector.
My only issue with this book, and it's really more of a pet peeve, was that we were constantly reminded the Kathryn is a kinesics expert. It is an obvious theme of the book and yet we were reminded of her expertise at least a few times. I felt it was unnecessary and repetitive.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely be continuing with the series.