Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams–of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after too many pets, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before having children.
Dead Dreams is really the first YA suspense thriller I’ve tried. I tend to stick to paranormal books as I like an other-worldly edge to my fiction, but I thought, hey, expand your horizons, so agreed to review this book.
The protagonist Brie as a character was great, someone that I think that most readers would relate to, although toward the end of the book she does make some truly awful mistakes and comes across as losing a few IQ points along the way! The suspense had me hooked and it kind of came across as a Single White Female meets Agatha Christie novel. And I did read it within a couple of days.
The end was a bit of a let-down, as it seemed to not really answer many of the questions is posed through the story, and it felt a little rushed.
From a writer’s perspective, I’m not sure, looking at the ages of the characters (and their situations), that I would put it in the YA category – maybe more NA if a bit of spice was added in. There were huge chunks of the books that didn’t propel the story forward and some of the scenes were a bit bland – although I could put that down to my addiction to the supernatural which affords its authors much more in the way of scene setting, characters and prose to play with.
The front cover is lovely though, although I’m struggling to put it in the context of the book itself. So as lovely as it is, it might prove a little misleading to potential readers.
Overall I’d give Dead Dreams 3 out of 5 stars – if you’re into thrillers and mysteries pick it up and let me know your thoughts. If you’re not, pick it up anyone as its still worth a read.