Book Tour: To Sleep...Perchance to Die Review

I have often said that I love a good crime drama or a medical or psychological thriller.  The first novel from author Donald R. Grippo, To Sleep....Perchance to Die promised to combine many of my favorite book themes into one. I really looked forward to participating in the book tour for this book.  What is my review of To Sleep...Perchance to Die?

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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  1. So glad to hear this book had you glued to its pages! Thanks for being a part of this tour.

  2. I appreciate your review of To Sleep Perchance to Die

  3. Someone at work was talking about this book and had really good things to say about it. I prefer medical thrillers over most any other genre so I’m glad I read your review too. You should check out "Hypocrisy" by D.M. Annechino, A friend recommended it to me and it was a great read, another interesting medical thriller. Thanks again for the review.



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