by Suzanne Forster

August 2003
ISBN: 0-425-19120-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Three redheads, all women, have been kidnapped at midnight while they are sleeping. All of them are held and tortured for three days before they are left drugged in city parks, dressed only in paper examining gowns. The fourth victim, Sharon Myer, isn't that lucky. She was the main detective investigating the Violator case and is found dead after her abduction.

Russ Sadler, ex partner of Sharon, is now the lead detective of the Violator case. Police Chief Kate Townsend calls in sketch artist, Jennifer Nash, to help with the sole witness in providing a sketch of the Violator.

Jennifer Nash is a forensic artist who has broken several big cases for the FBI. She is also the ex-fiance of Russ. No matter how Russ objects to the idea of involving Jennifer in the case, Kate turns a deaf ear to him.

Russ and Jennifer were engaged once and just before the wedding, Jennifer left a message on his voice mail, and then left Seattle. Seeing Jennifer again unlocks all of the emotion and bitterness that Russ has tried to hide all these years.

While She Was Sleeping has a mysterious and confusing plot. The motive of the kidnapper is not clear through the story. There weren't any hints or evidence to disclose the identity of the Violator, and the relationship between Russ and Jennifer is a mystery and appears unstable all along. However, the final surprise came from the true identity of the sole witness and itís hard to figure out what this is all about until everything is explained at the end of the tale. An average read for a romantic suspense.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Rose.

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