This is the first book I have read by Greg Iles and I will definitely read his other books. Although it didn't "scare the living daylights out of me" as promised on the cover, it was
a well-done and satisfying thriller. I recommend it highly to anyone who likes this genre with some thought and originality in a book.
From the jacket "They are called the "Sleeping Women," a series of unsettling paintings in which the nude female subjects appear to be not asleep, but dead. Photojournalist Jordan Glass has another reason to find the paintings disturbing: The face on one of the nudes is her own - or perhaps the face of her twin sister, who disappeared and is still missing. At the urging of the FBI, Jordan becomes both hunter and hunted in a search for the anonymous artist - an obsessed killer who seems to know more about Jordan and her family than she is prepared to accept..."
The most appealing thing about this book to me was that it was set in New Orleans in the year 2000 (pre-K). Mr Iles exhibits a prescience when he points out that N.O. is a bowl with a levee system that is not likely to hold up if and when the right hurricane comes along. He was not the only one to note this pre-K however and unfortunately it happened any way.
This was the fourth book by Greg Iles that I have read. It is worth noting I think that each of these books has been unique. Each experience has been a different journey. There is nothing serial about any of them. I envy his imagination and I'm thankful for the books.
Greg Iles lives up to the promise of his previous bestseller, 24 Hours, with a new thriller that showcases his ability to deliver top-level suspense as well as multidimensional characterization. When Jordan Glass, a world-renowned photojournalist, happens on an exhibit of a series of paintings known as "The Sleeping Women," she is stunned to discover that one of the models--a nude who, like the other women in the paintings, looks dead rather than asleep--is her mirror image. But Jordan knows the face in the painting isn't her; it's her twin sister, Jane, who disappeared from her New Orleans home more than a year ago, and is presumed to have been murdered by a serial killer who's been snatching women off the streets of the Crescent City for at least that long. None of the bodies of the missing women have turned up, but their faces match the models in the other Sleeping Women paintings. A veteran FBI agent named John Kaiser brings Jordan into the Bureau's hunt for the anonymous artist, who may also know something about the disappearance of Jordan's father in Vietnam almost 30 years before.
This is a taut, well-crafted thriller with a nice secondary love story that's woven into the action without slowing it down. Jordan is a fascinating, many-sided character who's a little too tough to be wholly believable, but that's a minor quibble. While winning well-deserved new fans for Iles, Dead Sleep will keep his readers awake until the very last page.
Not as heart-stopping or as provocative as his later works, most notably "Blood Memory", but a well-crafted thriller written in a female first person style, which I think he brings off rather well. This is well worth a read.
I picked up this book quickly to read on a trip, and only realized later that the author was the same person who wrote THE TURNING ANGEL, which I had thoroughly enjoyed. His characters are not 'good guys and bad guys'--100% moral or 100% evil. They are the same mix that we all are, some good and some bad; each person trying to find a balance they can live with. Unfortunately the balance some people can live with means OTHER people have to die, so . . .
From back cover: They are called "The Sleeping Women." A series of unsettling paintings in which the nude female subjects appear to be not asleep, but dead. Photojournalist Jordan Glass has another reason to find the paintings disturbing...The face on one of the nudes is her own-or perhaps the face of her twin sister, who disappeared and is still missing. At the urging of the FBI, Jordan becomes both hunter and hunted in a search for the anonymous artist-an obsessed killer who seems to know more about Jordan and her family than she is prepared to accept...
I've read a few of Greg Ilses's books and none of them have really wowed me. For the most part they are well written and the plot is never too overblown, but they never deliver the level of suspense that I'm looking for. I read this one to the end, but thought that it was about 100 pages too long. I have a few more of his books in my TBR pile which I will be donating to the library.
Okay, this creepy thriller kept me up nights!!! I could barely put it down for days until I could finish it. Scary plot, cool characters and an interesting romance make this one of my top 5 favorite thrillers. (The only reason that I don't give it 5 stars is because of a little too much graphic sex. Sometimes NOT knowing every detail is better.) :O)
they are called the sleeping women ,a series of unsettling paintings in which the nude women subjects appear to be not alseep ,but dead.photojournalist jordan glass has another reason to find the paintings disturbing;the face on one of the nudes is her own-or perhaps the face of her twin sissster,who disappeared and is still missing.at the urging of the fbi ,jordan becomes both hunter and hunted in a search for the anonymous artist-an absessed killer who seems to know more about jordan and her family than she is prepared to accept
Sleep No More was my first Greg Iles book and I was very impressed but the plot and suggest it to anyone that likes mysteries and twists! The southern accent is a wonderful touch! The second one was Dead Sleep and I would suggest that also. I will definitley look for more of his books!
Jordan Glass, a photojournalist, visits a Hong Kong museum to see an exhibit of paintings by an anonymous artist that have taken the art world by storm. They are paintings of women who appear to be asleep, but it is rumored that the women are actually dead. Jordan sees one of the pictures and it sends her a shock... the subject of the painting appears to be her sister who has been missing for the past year....
This book was AWESOME! Very creepy with lots of twists and turns. Great mystery read!
A series of paintings of nude females who appear not to be sleeping, but dead. A photojournalist sees her own face on one of the paintings.
She then tries to seek the artist, and the story takes off from there.
It is a very exciting book.
Thay are called the "Sleeping Woeman, a series of unsetti
ling paintings in which the nude subjects appear to be not asleep, but dead. Photojournalist has a big reason to be distrubed by these, one of the subjects resembles her missing twin sister. At urging of FBI, Jordon becomes hunter and hunted in search of the unknown painter; an obsessed killer who knows more about Jordon and her family than she even realizes.
An interesting story line that keeps you guessing almost to the end.It starts with a twin looking at nude "sleeping" pictures of her twin that disappeared over a year before.She is on assignment in China, and someone encourages her to stroll through their art museum.The page turner begins.After this one, I had to order a couple more from this author.
When visiting an art gallery in Hong Kong, Jordan Glass is shocked to see a painting of her twin sister. The same sister that disappeared a year ago while jogging. Soon Jordan is helping the FBI solve a string of kidnappings.
This book kept me guessing and in total suspense as I tried, unsucessfully to solve the crime as the story unfolded. Why would an artist paint portraits of women who appear to be dead? Read the book and find out.
I like Greg Iles. I think he is a super writer of thriller mysteries. I have read almost everything he has written. This book is about a series of paintings that appear and which portray missing women. The plot is about the search to discover the kidnapper.
I found this book a really great read. It was the first book that I had read from this author. I enjoyed getting into the murderers head (who happened to also be an artist). I love psychological thrillers and this was definately one of them.
This woman must find her sister or her body. Clues and tips bring her to her sister's fractured family who are dumb struck by her likeness to their missing Mother/wife. She becomes a target and a bait as the subject of macabre painting. FBI and Jordan must work together to a chilling discovery. Interesting and griping adventure.
Normally I really like Greg Iles, and I suppose this was a good book, in some areas, but in others, I found it lacking. While there were interesting twists and turns, and the characters well developed, I found it rambled somewhat, especially at the end. Still, I would read Greg Iles again, as he is a talented writer and does have good stories and plotlines.