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

January 6, 2017 Book review 9 ★★★½

Good old Mary Higgins Clark. She was the author that introduced me to the world of psychological suspense books, and has kept up late at night reading and reading, till I found out just whodunit.  So with a sense of nostalgia, I grabbed The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clarke & Alafair Burke when I saw it in the library.

Book Review: The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair BurkeThe Sleeping Beauty Killer (Under Suspicion, #4) by Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke
Series: Under Suspicion #4
on November 15th 2016
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Suspense
Pages: 300
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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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 American crime novelist 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 fiance, famed philanthropist Hunter Raleigh III, fifteen years ago. But Casey has always claimed she was 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 is Casey's last chance to finally clear her name and Laurie pledges to exonerate her.

An ego-maniacal 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.

CRIME Murder Mystery Mystery

First Line of The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clarke & Alafair Burke

“Will the defendant please rise?”

My Thoughts on The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clarke & Alafair Burke

Somehow I just kind of stopped reading books by Mark Higgins Clark around the time that I started blogging. So I’ve missed the first few books in this series. But I didn’t leave a trivial detail like that stop me from jumping head first into book 4 of this series.

Cool Setting!

I loved the set up of this book as it’s all about the inside workings of an investigative tv crime show. Think along the lines of Making a Murderer or Serial. Seeing how they researched the story, scrutinised the files, and set about interviewing witnesses makes for an entertaining theme. It was a fun fly-on-the-wall feeling and in real life this is the type of show that I’d love to watch.

But I knew whodunit!

On the not so good side, I called the killer early on. Ridiculously early, like in the first chapter. Which is disappointing, as I wanted the story to drop in a bombshell that would send me reeling. I like my suspense novels with a large dose of suspense and a side order of twists.

However the characters were interesting (but stereotypical of any MHC book that I’ve ever read). Laurie hosts “Under Suspicion” which re-examines cold cases and I love her determination to dig deep and find the truth. She is passionate about her work and methodically separates the facts from the fiction. There are lots of intriguing snippets of her personal life which drew me in and made me like her even more.

The suspected killer aka The Sleeping Beauty killer is another fascinating character. There are hints of unreliable narrator but also hints that the unreliable narrator vibe is a red herring. I enjoyed this confusion as it raised a few doubts in my head.

Overall a pretty good read.  And I liked it enough to want to go back and read the earlier books in the series. I won’t be rushing out to buy them all asap, but I will squeeze them in someday.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clarke & Alafair Burke?

I’d recommend this to you if you like unravelling a mystery. Fans of previous Mary Higgins Clark books should enjoy as if felt very typical of other books that I’ve read by her in the past. However if you’ve never read a book by her, I’d suggest you start with Where Are The Children? as that is my favourite.


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9 Responses to “Book Review: The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke”

  1. Rita @ View From My Books

    I used to read MHC way back when, after she started writing her suspense fiction. She was a comfortable auto-buy whom I could share with my mother.

    But along the way a few years ago I stopped, for the reason you mentioned. She’s a fun read, but not thrilling or suspenseful. If you go into the read knowing that, you can count it more as a cozy.
    Rita @ View From My Books recently posted…My Weekly Update & Thoughts 1/6/17

    • trish

      Exactly Rita, and now that I’ve reset that expectation for myself, I know I’ll go on to read and enjoy the rest of the series.

  2. verushka

    I have a confession to make — MHC is an author I always meant to read but never did — and this sounds brilliant! Should I start with this one?

  3. Dawn obrien

    Ooh that’s a blast from the past! I don’t think I’ll go back to her now though, too many new authors to discover

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