I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review. All opinions are my own.
Quick Summary of To Sleep...Perchance to Die. Tangled lives, tainted love, and a Shakespearean twist lead to deception, betrayal, and murder. In this sexy, psychological thriller, Eurasian beauty Mai Faca plots to marry Jake Warden, a successful oral surgeon forbidden to her because of family honor. In an unheard-of scheme, fellow surgeon, Bret Manley, falls victim to Mai's seduction as she and Jake play a cruel trick to be together. Jake acts with surgical precision to clear the path to Mai's happiness, threatening lives including his own. In a wake of turmoil and destruction, Bret's uncle and well-known criminal attorney Hubie Santos attempts to find out if a surgeon would use his knowledge to kill.
To Sleep...Perchance to Die took a little time to draw me into the story. I had a tough time getting into the author's flow of the first several "sections" of the book. I think I was as much in the dark about the evil plans and deceit as Dr. Manley--and felt a little "left out". Once the primary plot began to form and the book's twists and turns developed, I was hooked right up to the very last page. Be patient if you do not connect immediately to the storyline. You will.
Grippo creates a well developed cast of damaged characters. Grippo picked some of the most vile characteristics displayed by human nature and created fully functional characters from them. While I despised Mai and Jake--I simply had to keep reading to simply see what they were capable of next! As much as I despised those two (and many of the books' other characters)--the few "good guys" kept me waiting and hoping for redemption (and revenge).
Would I recommend To Sleep...Perchance to Die? Very rarely does a book keep me glued to its pages to the very last page. Usually the last chapter or so of a book ties up the story into a neat little summarized package. While the author's writing style took a bit to catch me early on; Grippo kept the book's action and slight suspense flowing to the very end. To Sleep...Perchance to Die didn't leave a lot of loose ends--although a little mystery remained after the last page. If you enjoy psychological thrillers (and don't mind more than a few racy love scenes and adult themes)--you need to add this book to your reading list. I would certainly look forward to reading more from this author.
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About the Author
Donald R. Grippo, DDS practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery in northeastern Connecticut for more than thirty years. On a daily basis, he encountered patient's fear of undergoing oral surgery and associated anesthesia. To help allay such fear he wrote A Guide to the Guy or Gal Who Takes Your Teeth Out, a series of short stories dealing with the treatment of typical oral surgical problems. His resume includes working as a dentist at the Tennessee State Prison outside of Nashville and as a guard at the Hartford State Jail on Syms Street in Hartford.
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