Title: To Sleep … Perchance to Die
Author: Donald R. Grippo
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: Let me start by saying that I love this cover. I didn’t initially notice the image reflected on the eye, and I think it’s a fantastic touch. I always thought the cover was eye-catching (pardon the pun – I couldn’t think of another way to say it), but upon this little discovery think it’s that much better.
Unfortunately, I don’t think the story lives up to the cover. Not at all. It’s interesting, but so convoluted and so out there that it just doesn’t work for me. And way too much is revealed along the way. There’s little suspense, little tension. The reader already knows the whole story – on both sides. There’s no mystery and really no surprises, either. I supposed there’s a little bit of tension when waiting to see if Bret is able to get exonerated, but I didn’t find it enough to redeem the book.
I had a big problem with Hubie’s private investigator. I find it hard to believe he’d jeopardize his case – and ignore his own code of conduct – for this case. There’s nothing suggestion that it’s touched him on a personal level or anything. He just inexplicably bends the rules to get his result. Prior to that he seemed like a good guy, so I think that should have been better explained. Why would he do that in this case? Just being pissed off isn’t an answer – there has to be something bigger to get someone to completely throw out their self-imposed code of conduct.
Despite my issues, I found myself rooting for Bret. I hoped things would work out in his favor, and I hoped everyone involved would be made to pay for their crimes.
Source: E-copy obtained through NetGalley.
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