The Sleeping Beauty Killer

Written by Mary H Clarke & Alafair Burke

Review written by John Parker

John Parker is a Graduate-qualified English/Spanish Teacher, owner and director of CHAT ENGLISH, an English Language Centre in Avilés on the north coast of Spain . A voracious reader, he has particularly loved horror fiction for many years.


The Sleeping Beauty Killer
Simon and Schuster UK
RRP: £7.99
Released: July 13 2017
PBK

The story starts off 15 years ago in a courtroom as Casey Carter is convicted of the murder of her fiancé. Her apparent victim, Hunter Raleigh III, was a young socialite and philanthropist from a very well-to-do family. Only one person, her best friend, Angela has believed her to be innocent. Casey is stunned by the verdict of manslaughter and believes her life to be over.

We jump forward 15 years as Casey is released from prison. She has wasted no time behind bars and has been looking for a way to prove that she is innocent of the crime and that Hunter’s killer is still on the loose. Casey turns to Laurie Moran and the Under Suspicion TV show to help her prove her innocence. Laurie takes on the case and pledges to exonerate her. But finding the truth will be much more complicated than Laurie expects.

Laurie’s romantic partner, Alex Buckley, is back for this adventure though he is no longer the host of the show, having chosen to leave it. Consequently, we are introduced to Ryan Nichols, a Harvard graduate with a big reputation and an ego to match. Predictably, fireworks between Ryan and Laurie are inevitable. For me, part of the problem was the predictability of some of the scenes. Yes, it is a decent enough whodunit but it lacks excitement and the dénouement is rather obvious. It will find its fans and they will be delighted, I am sure. But I found it straying into “TV Movie of the Week” territory. I was really hoping for more. 



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