Praying for Sleep

Praying for Sleep

by Jeffery Deaver


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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Never Game and the Lincoln Rhyme novels comes a twisty psychological thriller packed into a terrifying 24 hours...

When paranoid schizophrenic killer Michael Hrubek escapes from an institution, there’s no doubt of where he’s headed: to find the woman who put him away and to finally get his revenge.

Lis Atcheson knows he’s out there—the man who killed two of her students. He’s haunted every sleepless night ever since she testified against him. Now the nightmares are coming true. He’s watching... and waiting... and he’s going to take Lis to hell with him.

With a massive storm coming—in more ways than one—Lis can barely prepare for the dark cloud that approaches, threatening to take everything away from her in one horrifying sweep...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451466280
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels, including The Bone Collector and A Maiden's Grave. He has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story of the Year.


Washington, D.C.

Date of Birth:

May 6, 1950

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois


B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law

Table of Contents

A nightmarish 24 hours [of] harrowing suspense.

What People are Saying About This

Stephen King

Compulsively readable.

Robert Crais

Delivers a nerve-snapping climax that will keep you huddled in your chair.

From the Publisher

"Scary, smart, and compulsively readable."—Stephen King

"An entertaining thriller...palpable suspense."—Publishers Weekly

"Nightmarish...harrowing suspense."—James Paterson

"Undeniably throat-clutching."—Kirkus Reviews

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Praying for Sleep 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different from the usual Deaver book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading Deaver for over 20yrs. This one sneaked by me. This book rates with his "A Maiden's Grave". SUPERB!! What an ending. This is one book u cannot put down until u come to the end. Deaver is a master. I'm so glad I discovered him. I can read him anytime and have read sme of his books more than once. Bravo, Jeffery Deaver!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jeffery Deaver is a master at suspense and will keep you on the edge of your seat from page 1.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story, suspenseful plot, unexpected ending! FABULOUS!!!!!
phester More than 1 year ago
I bought this book years ago through a book club. It made me a lifetime fan of Jeffrey Deaver. The ending was a total shock. I am still telling people about this book today. I actually kept it all these years and read it occasionally even though I know the surprise ending. My husband does not like to read. He likes audio books. If I can not find the audio for him then I will actually read the book to him. I do not want him to miss the pleasure of this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read, I can read it again and again. The ending is the best I have ever read. Jeffery Deaver is my Favourite author.
PirateJenny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked The Bone Collector a lot, so I figured I'd grab this one. A schizophrenic escapes his hospital and goes on a search for the woman who testified against him at a murder trial some years before. Blah. I saw nearly every twist coming ages before it happened and when the "big" twist showed up, I was just "oh, okay, that makes sense" instead of "oh my god!!!" The writing was fairly mediocre. I was very glad it was a free book. It went back on the free shelf when I was done.
JimJF More than 1 year ago
Riveting. Couldn't wait for next reading session
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mrsboone4 More than 1 year ago
Jampacked with twists and turns, always coming up with something new. It seemed to drag a little in a couple of spots, but all in all was a great thriller! Mr. Deaver developed all of the key players in the book, to the fullest extent. I think the book would have been fine, without all of the extra information.
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BeckyJoBM More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept me turning the pages, not wanting to put it down.
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champgraz More than 1 year ago
This book was a bore throughout but did have a good ending. You just have to struggle for a while.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book took 292 pages to awaken me from a stupor. I was totally bored with this non stop drab, nothing happened that even made me raise my eyebrows until around page 300. I was a bit shocked that Deaver wrote this book. It lacked everything that makes his Rhyme novels so good. It offered nothing of interest. You just keep reading hoping for something to happen to spark some interest but nothing does. I usually just fly right through his books they are so good but this just never took off for me. I love how he writes his Lincoln Rhyme books and a few of his other stand alones were top notch so I gave this a 3 but it is really deserving of a 2. You will not be praying for sleep when you read this book, in fact you will have no trouble sleeping - a perfect cure for a bout of insomnia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just read that this book was a sleeper. You people are right, how can this book be put on the shelf at Deaver's home than on the bookshelves in Barnes and Noble. It did get a little monotonous for a coupl pages, where all they day was chase after the guy, but the plot line was basic and Mr. Deaver streched it out over 400 pages and did not let the reader down. The character developments are great in this book and the reader really gets inside the head of Michael Hrubeck and Lis and Owen Attechson. You begin to feel close to them, feel sorrow for them and then hate towards Owen. The endings is one of the best I have ever read in any book and it actually made me gasp and that does not usually happen when I am reading a book. The letter that confused and baffled people through the whole came together in the end and closed the book off. Mr. Deaver never lets the reader down in any of his books and this one is no exception. PRAYING FOR SLEEP is one of the best psychological thrillers around, and it was hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read half of the book, and Nothing was happening! They kept chasing the crazy guy, that escaped the mental institution.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. It was very suspenseful and the ending was unbelievable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a sleeper - where has it been? It's hard to imagine that Mr. Deaver wrote this prior to his other now famous blockbusters. In my opinion this one is at the top of his list. Deaver has a knack for keeping you anticipated and excited through the entire novel. Give us more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read...kept me on the edge from beginning to end. The New England storm added the perfect touch of environmental gloom to twenty four hours of undeniable dread. Each character was engrossing in his/her own right.