Review: Fear Dreams

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Book Title: Fear Dreams
Author: J.A. Schneider
Series: None
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Date Read: 07/05/16
Pub Date: 03/28/16

4.5 STARS (Rounded to 5 on Goodreads)

Liddy Barron, an artist, was injured in a hit-and-run accident that left her with recurring nightmares, partial amnesia, and an increasing obsession in the disappearance of a coed named Sasha Perry. Was Sasha murdered? Insecure and nervous, Liddy’s turmoil grows as she begins seeing ghostly images. Her husband Paul tries to help but suspects it’s just her imagination…while intuitive Detective Kerri Blasco, also obsessed with young Sasha’s disappearance, senses that Liddy may have a key to solving the case, and tries to unravel the shocking truth of what really haunts her.

Well, that escalated quickly; what a breath taking ride that was! This is my first experience with Joyce’s work but certainly not my last. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I knew the book was fairly short, but the reviews were all high star ratings and I just couldn’t pass this one by. I’m pleased to report that it was as exciting and enjoyable a read as I had hoped. Unfortunately, I was so engrossed in this one that I forgot about collecting quotes along the way! This book came out to 218 pages (per my kindle) and was surprisingly well-developed for its size.

The POV switched back and forth between Liddy, an artist who was recently in an accident and is struggling to gain her memory of that dreadful night, and Kerri, a detective investigating the disappearance of college student Sasha Perry. The two stories seem unconnected at first, but as the story builds, they slowly become intertwined and have you holding your breath until the conclusion (but more on that later). I liked the characters overall; sometimes I just wanted to smack Liddy over the head with one of her paintbrushes but overall sympathized with her. Here is the second book I’ve read this month to feature a protagonist involved in a slow descent into madness. Or is she crazy? That’s the question throughout the book. Is Liddy hallucinating things or is she really seeing all the things she questions? Kerri was a great detective; I would like to see a follow up book (maybe a new series?! pretty please?!) with a new case and getting to know her personal life a bit more. 🙂

This was a book that drew me in from the first page and was dubbed the infamous “unputdownable”. I kept trying to sneak away from all the festivities this July 4th to squeeze in more of this story! If time had allowed, this was easily a one-sitting read. The author knew just how to draw you in, building on the massive suspense and questions slowly and meticulously. I was worried toward the 50% mark that she was going to take the easy road out with the ending, but she didn’t. I pieced together a few aspects, only because there are limited characters to choose from, but overall was surprised by the ending and who was involved in which parts of the mystery. I had a “WAIT WHAT?! OH NO WAIT WHAT NOW?!” moment which was fantastic! The ending might be a little tricky in who accepts it well; I was content with it, but it was unexpected. Sorry that’s so vague but NO SPOILERS!! 

Thank you so much Joyce for my copy and I’m looking forward to your next book!! (slowly chants *series…series…SERIES!!*) 


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