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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 4, 2020
This <b>3.5 Star</b> thriller had some perfectly creepy moments.
Paul is returning to his hometown after a 25 year absence. He is not excited about his return due to a horrible incident which is foreshadowed from page one. He is only back to visit is dying mother and plans to leave as soon as he can.
Meanwhile, Amanda, a police officer, is looking into a murder which seems eerily similar to another one twenty five years earlier.
As Paul spends time in his small village, he is continually haunted by the past. The story of what happened slowly unfolds and we learn that Paul had a friend who was fascinated with dreams, particularly lucid dreams. This friend, Charlie, had their group of friends write their dreams in a journal and as they began to share their journal entries, things started to get a bit weird. It all led to an awful event which effected Paul for the rest of his life.
As Amanda continued her murder investigation, she eventually made contact with Paul and their stories converged. Could the present day murder be related to Paul's incident from twenty five years ago?
<b>WHAT I LOVED</b>
I love my Brit Lit and this book takes place in a small town in England. I loved the Audible versions narration. I could listen to someone in a British accent discuss <i>pulling a jumper out of the boot because there was a chill in air</i> all day long!!! Love the jargon.
The twists were great. There was one in particular that literally took my breath away!!! Holy CRAP!!! It was one of the best twists ever. I won't say more but it changed the way I saw everything in the story. There were a couple other good ones, but that one blew me away.
The concept of dreams and lucid dreams is such an intriguing idea, loved that.
<b>WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE</b>
I had trouble connecting to the book. I don't know if it's just me right now or the book, but I had to restart it twice before I could get into it. Once I got into it, there where some very absorbing parts but other parts were slow and just kind of dragged. We spent too much time reflecting on Paul's past, living in his head and focusing on some insignificant details. It lost me. It look me a long time to get through it. The last third, when the twists started happening, went much faster.
Paul and his father were never close. In fact, his father wasn't a very nice person; critical, a tight wad and cold. Not out rightly abusive though. But I couldn't get past the fact that Paul didn't make the trip to his hometown for his fathers funeral. He was still living in England but skipped his fathers funeral because his hometown held bad memories??? I had a hard time liking Paul after that. He LOVED his mother. Wouldn't a decent son show up for his mother if nothing else?
This book had some fantastic parts but the slowness in the beginning and middle put a damper on things for me. I would, however, say that it's worth reading for the twists alone.