Book Review : The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

Genre : Fiction, Mystery
Page : 288 pages
Published : 15th November 2016

The fourth thrilling installment in the bestselling Under Suspicion series from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke—television producer Laurie Moran puts everything on the line to help a woman she thinks was wrongfully convicted of murder.

Casey Carter was convicted of murdering her fiancé—famed philanthropist Hunter Raleigh III—fifteen years ago. And Casey claims—has always claimed—she’s innocent. Although she was charged and served out her sentence in prison, she is still living “under suspicion.” She hears whispers at the grocery store. She can’t get a job. Even her own mother treats her like she’s guilty. Her story attracts the attention of Laurie Moran and the Under Suspicion news team—it’s Casey’s last chance to finally clear her name, and Laurie pledges to exonerate her.

With Alex Buckley taking a break from the show—cooling his potential romance with Laurie—Under Suspicion introduces a new on-air host named Ryan Nichols, a young legal whiz with a Harvard Law degree, Supreme Court clerkship, experience as a federal prosecutor, and regular stints on the cable news circuit. He’s got a big reputation and the attitude to match it. Ryan has no problems with steering—and stealing—the show, and even tries to stop Laurie from taking on Casey’s case because he’s so certain she’s guilty.

An egomaniacal new co-host, a relentless gossip columnist who seems to have all the dirt (and a surprising informant), and Casey’s longstanding bad reputation: Laurie must face this and more to do what she believes is right, to once and for all prove Casey’s innocence—that is, if she’s innocent… The Sleeping Beauty Killer will keep you guessing until the very end.

“The defendant. For three weeks, everyone in this courtroom had referred to her as “the defendant.” Not Casey”

This review began with my auntie and I strolling around a book bazaar with loaded discount scattered everywhere. We split over and she bought the book before recommending this book to me. To be honest, even without the recommendation, I would very much bought this book myself. If you have followed through this blog from the beginning you should have known Thriller is my muse in living.

To succinct the long summary, this book writes off the adventure of Laurie, a well-known producer for her reality show Under Suspicious where she re-discussed and re-investigates unsolved murder mystery cases with all possible suspects and victims on -air. She then meets Casey – a young brilliant lady engaged to the famous philanthropist – Hunter Raleigh III fifteen years ago before being convicted of murdering her fiancee. No one believes Casey claims on being innocent even after she has served her sentenced and freed from the law – Except Laurie, who is willing to take the risk to help the beautiful maiden.

At first I thought the main leads for the books are Casey since this case is all about her. How wrong was I when half of the books focused more on Laurie doing her best she could for the case even when people around her try to object her decision for the case. Turns out, this book is the fourth instalment of Under Suspicious series from The Queen of Suspense – Mary Higgins Clark and also my very first book of her.

I have to admit I pretty much adore her mystery writing.

I do not have to read the previous book to understand the characters flow. It does have some connection about one or two things with the previous instalment but it does not confuse me one bit. Like the relationship Laurie had with the show host – Alex Buckley that has been going on in the previous book but I still understand they’re an item for quite some time, I just do not know their backstory of how things escalates to current point. The introduction is pretty direct with telling a brief passage about Casey’s trial and it directly move on to how Casey tries to meet and talk to Laurie about her current state. So no beating around the bush and that’s a plus point.

Like I said, Mary Higgins writing style will never bore you. This book has a strong plot and flows very nicely. However though, even if the mystery seems difficult to solve, I personally thought that there should be more puzzles included in the story and to not make it too obvious? I do not know about the others but I kinda guess the murderer soon after I understand what is going on in the book. But it does not made deep impact on my reading process. If I might say, the story never fails to waver my decision from one side to the other. It just I can’t never shake the feelings that “Oh, here is the murderer.” whenever this person show up on the book. Intuition?

Still, I could rant non-stop about how genius the plot is.

There are no flaw and no evidence that can steer Casey away from being the main suspect.

And Laurie had to dig every proofs since fifteen year ago to find out the truth about Casey.

Does her claim to be innocence true? or does she really is the Sleeping Beauty Killer like everyone claims her to be?

Again, if asked, I would read another series of Mary Higgins especially Under Suspicious series since the story is very concrete and real. The book also have unique plot and the wordplay title is amazing, The Sleeping Beauty Killer. Don’t you feel curious about the title? I would at least peek the summary and flip through several pages to check the story. With summary like this, I will spent no time to buy the book myself. (I am regretting finding the book later than my aunt already) The reads are worth my curiosity and of course, the striking red cover is another plus point to add up the mystery vibe.

“The ones who are innocent help because they trust us. And the ones who aren’t so innocent pretend to trust us because they’re afraid of looking guilty.”

Author : Celine

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