Berkley, Aug 2003, 7.99, 368 pp.
The entire Seattle metropolitan area is terrorized by the serial killer the Violator especially since his last victim was Sharon Myer, a cop working the case. Residents wonder if the police are not safe who is from this night stalker who, come midnight, snatches females from their bed. Even The Morning After no longer feels safe.
Police Chief Kate Townsend directs Sharon's partner Russ Sadler to work with forensic artist Jennifer Nash as a homeless person witnessed the latest homicide. Russ does not want to work alongside Jennifer, nor her with him as both still reels from the torrid affair they had that ended in two third-degree burn victims. As their love reheats, Russ refuses to play as Jennifer dumped him two years ago even while both struggles to focus on catching the Violator before someone else dies.
Though the bookstores are flooded with a rash of serial killers (must be the acid free paper), WHILE SHE WAS SLEEPING is an exciting police procedural romance due to the electricity generated by the lead couple. The dichotomy of love and animosity rings so real that the audience will comprehend how difficult it is for Russ and Jennifer to team up though that is what is needed to capture the Violator. Suzanne Forster writes a strong romantic suspense that will enthrall her vast audience.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner