Author Miles Van Meter is on a book tour to promote his
sensational bestseller Sleeping Beauty, a true-crime
account of a deeply personal subject: the attack by a
serial killer that left his twin sister, Casey, in a coma.
Tonight the audience waits to hear Miles discuss recent
developments in his sister's case -- unaware that pieces of
this complex puzzle of violence, unknown even to the
author, are about to be revealed.
Six years earlier, life was much simpler for everyone
involved, especially seventeen-year-old Ashley Spencer, a
popular high school soccer star. Then one night an intruder
entered Ashley's home and murdered her father and her best
friend. Traumatized and suffering from a crippling sense of
survivor guilt, Ashley is ready to give up on both soccer
and life until help comes from an unexpected source -- a
scholarship to the Oregon Academy, an elite private school,
is extended to her by school dean Casey Van Meter. The
school quickly becomes a haven for both Ashley and her
mother, Terri. As Ashley regains her sense of self through
the school's soccer program, Terri joins a writing group
for adults led by Joshua Maxfield, a former literary
wunderkind who has disappeared from the bestseller lists
since his second book was panned by both critics and fans.
Then tragedy strikes again and Ashley has to run for her
life, unaware that the key to her survival is in the one
book she's afraid to read -- Sleeping Beauty.
With its blend of dizzying plot twists and thrilling
suspense, Sleeping Beauty shows Phillip Margolin at the
very top of his form.