While My Pretty One Sleeps Book Summary and Study Guide

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27-year old Neeve Kearny finds herself caught up in the disappearance and murder of columnist Ethel Lambston.
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Ethel, it seems, was on the verge of publishing rather damaging and scandalous information that would rock the fashion world. It is a world that Neeve herself is no stranger to, as she owns and operates her own fashion boutique on Madison Ave.

No one would ever really admit they liked the abrasive and opinionated Lambston, but Neeve does feel sorry that the woman has met such a terrible end. Neeve was Ethel's go-to-gal for her wardrobe purchases and fashion consulting, and it is this very fact that makes Neeve a danger to the killer.

Further complicating matters is Neeve's father, Myles, retired US Attorney and ex-police Commissioner. He has never gotten over the murder of his wife, Renata, which occured many years ago when Neeve was a child. The man suspected of the crime, mob boss Nicki Sepetti, has served his time for other offenses and has been released. It is a constant torment to Myles that Renata's murderer was never brought to justice; that he could never prove Sepetti was responsible. With Sepetti out of prison, Neeve knows Myles fears she could be harmed, and is frustrated by his unfounded worry.

But a hit has been called on Neeve - contracted by someone desperate to ensure evil deeds remains buried. With the hired assassin stalking Neeve's every move, perhaps Myles' concern for her safety isn't so unfounded and paranoid after all...

In 'While My Pretty One Sleeps', lots of tantalizing red-herrings are dangled before the reader, but they will not be able to guess the shocking and twisted motives of the actual murderer until the final pages!
The review of this Book prepared by tesubcalle

This story takes place in the ladder climbing industry of fashion. Set in New York, up and coming designer Neeve Kearny faces the death of her friend/customer Ethel Lambston, a renowned fashion critic who reportedly has unearthed negative information about many New York designers. Faced with the task of looking into the woman's death, and why, Neeve is confronted with memories of her own mother's brutal murder, her father's distinct paranoia that the same fate awaits her, and the possiblity of a blossoming love intrests.
The review of this Book prepared by Lauren Casarez

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 15%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 35%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   frozen Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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