Book Review: Fear Dreams by J.A. Schneider, RGS Media, March 28th, 2016; 240 pages. May Contain Spoilers.
by Leigh Holland
Fear Dreams is a tense, psychological, thrilling mystery. It has the atmosphere of the films “Dominique” and “What Lies Beneath”. The tension builds at a steady but palpable pace. As you delve further into the story, the tension builds, layer after layer, until finally things come to a head and all is revealed-but with a surprising twist.
Written in the third person narrative style, the book follows two central characters, Liddy and Kerri. Liddy is recovering from mild amnesia, a broken rib, and an injured leg after a car accident. Liddy can’t recall anything about the night of the accident, nor does she really want to remember. But her mind won’t let sleeping dogs lie. What Liddy tries to shove away by day surfaces in symbols and fragmented nightmares by night. Liddy fears she is slowly losing her sanity as the dreams begin to enter her waking consciousness.
The major characters are well developed. My favorite character was Kerri because I felt I could relate to her sense of justice. She is a champion for victims who everyone else has given up on; wants justice for victims of violence, especially women brutalized by men, and truly believes in the mission to “protect and serve”. Liddy crosses Kerri’s path when Liddy realizes she has drawn a picture of a missing girl, thinking she saw her on the street. Kerri is the cop assigned to find the missing girl. Together, they work on finding out her fate.
I truly enjoyed this book. Its foray into the depths of an amnesiac recovering her memories was fascinating. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries and/or psychological thrillers.
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