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Phantom Dreams [Kindle Edition]

T. K. Harris
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Book Description

A scorned serial killer on an old vendetta.

An FBI agent who has been chasing monsters for too long.

A woman whose nightmares start invading her waking life.

FBI Special Agent Jack Matthews finds himself on yet another serial killer case, having barely recovered from the last disastrous hunt. Still stiff from a gun shot wound in his leg, under investigation for a botched job, and having lost his fiancée when she walked out on him, Jack is beginning to wonder if it isn’t time to move on to something new. But, for Jack, these cases are personal and he can’t say no.

Marketing specialist Kathy Gilliam leads a fairly boring life. If she’s not working or caring for her ailing father, then she is doing whatever it takes to avoid going anywhere near crowds of people. Her few distractions include her friend Margo Longfellow, occasional hiking trips, and her increasingly alarming dreams of women dying.

As her nightmares cause her to begin to doubt her sanity, the media releases news of the “Coast-to-Coast Killer” and Kathy discovers her dreams may be related. In a moment of panic, Kathy does something that places her on the FBI’s “persons of interest” list. Suddenly, her life is set on a collision course with Jack who must decide if Kathy is the killer or destined to become a victim.


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      This serial-murder thriller hints at the supernatural.

      Kathy's recurring bad dreams seem to be getting more frequent and more explicit. At the behest of her psychiatrist, she starts sketching the dreams, only to find that her sketches have an uncanny resemblance to victims of the Coast-to-Coast Killer that she later sees on TV. Co-narrator Jack, an FBI agent on the serial killer case but short on suspects, is happy to entertain Kathy's testimonial after she reports her premonitory abilities to the police. There's also the perspective of Tom, the elusive, misogynistic serial killer, who seems to suffer from multiple-personality disorder. Redolent of The Eyes of Laura Mars, the taut narrative unfurls an appropriately unsettling though vague sense of Tom's condition, mixed with a clearer sense of his location. Jack, haggard from his job and disenchanted by FBI bureaucracy, nonetheless radiates charisma and empathy. The details of Kathy's life unfold with patience: Her dreams merge with reality at a believable pace, then, as expertly plotted by the author, doubt sets in while readers and Jack begin to question the reliability of her perception. By skeptically referencing its supernatural element--"Think we've got an actual X-Files case here?" asks Jack's sidekick--the story adeptly tightens the suspension of disbelief...

       Smart, suspenseful and disquietingly believable.

                              - Kirkus Reviews

From the Author

I am excited to move from publishing short stories in magazines such as Woman's World, to having my first novel published!  It has been a long and winding journey and I'm so glad it's done.  I am excitedly working on my next novel and hope to have it published by end of 2013.  I hope you enjoy Phantom Dreams.  You can post comments and suggestions on my Facebook page here at:  facebook.com/#!/tk.harris.568?fref=ts .

Product Details

  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615827829
  • Publisher: Indie; Second Edition edition (July 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008I4R1FM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mesh of Genres December 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Rating: 3.5 / 5

Phantom Dreams by T. K. Harris begins in the mind of a serial killer, then the FBI agent tracking him, and finally the woman who dreams about the killings.

Kathy Gilliam is a twenty-nine-year-old single, work-a-holic, with an ailing father. She lives alone and up until recently has nightmares she can't remember. However as the stress over her father's declining health and an important account looming at work begin to exhaust her, her nightmares become more frequent and more vivid.

At the urging of her primary physician Kathy seeks the help of a psychiatrist who advises her to keep a notebook beside her bed to write down the dreams. Several sketches later, Kathy realizes that the faces from her dreams match those of murder victims of the Coast-to-Coast killer that are splashed across the news. Feeling that she is losing her mind, she tries to ignore it. But Kathy eventually finds herself at the local police station telling her story. However, instead of being of help Kathy may find herself a suspect, or the next victim.

The novel has suspense and mystery to it, which many will enjoy. The description is full of many sights and scents. It takes place mostly in the spring in the Southeast (Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama) which I am familiar with so it feels realistic in that way for me.

Kathy and Agent Matthews' characters are just ok for me. However, the serial killer's mind is entertaining in that he is completely insane. His conversations with the "other" person in his head are shocking. What I found interesting is that the reader doesn't know which of the two is the "real" person and which is just the voice in the head until the end.

When I first started reading this, I thought it was a straight crime thriller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom Dreams April 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Phantom Dreams is a chilling tale of a vicious killer and a woman whose dreams are haunted by the cruel murders of beautiful young woman. Will she be next?

Kathy is a busy executive experiencing mounting stress, no personal life, and her father's ill healthy only compounds her struggles. If that wasn't enough for one person to deal with, Kathy has been having violent dreams that always result in the death of a woman. When Kathy recognizes the women from her dreams on the news she tries to help the police, but then she becomes a suspect. Can the FBI catch the real killer before it's too late?

Phantom Dreams is an eerily captivating thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat, yet keep you yearning for more. T.K. Harris is a talented writer and her ability to hook and reel in readers is evident from the chilling opening scene. The story is filled with many twists and leaves readers unsure of what's coming next. The surprising outcome is perfect for this supernatural mystery.

I highly recommend picking up a copy of Phantom Dreams.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Draws you in February 18, 2014
By heather
Format:Kindle Edition
The plot draws you in and the characters are well developed. Sometimes you can get lost, because of three different points of view. Overall I enjoyed the book. Hunting a serial killer with a little bit of supernatural in it is a great idea. I can't wait to read another one from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read February 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a gripping novel with characters who are relatable and the storyline is impeccably written. You are drawn in from the start. I loved the style of this book - being written from 3 different points of view. As you go along you start figuring out who did it...but it may not be as obvious as you think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good story October 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a copy by GMTA Publishing to give an honest review for Phantom Dreams.

I loved this premise. It's written in three parts. First through the killers point of view. The second part through the FBI agent searching for him and third through the woman dreaming about the killings.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially being in the head of the killer. I think T.K Harris has done an amazing job. Her characters are well developed and you absolutely have no idea who the killer is at the end. I've had a couple in mind as I went along in the story, but was far off.

The pacing of the story did slow down towards the third part, but still it was a really good story told.

I wish T.K Harris all the best with Phantom dreams and everyone that loves a good mystery, mixed with Paranormal should read this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story! August 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought this was a great story. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. Her characters are so life-like they almost walk off the page. I can't wait for more! Make sure to check out The Lottery Winner and Run by T.K. Harris as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Paranormal Romantic Suspense September 11, 2013
By Janet
Format:Kindle Edition
Phantom Dreams by T. K. Harris is a well told suspense paranormal in three parts - it takes place first in the mind of a serial killer, then from the FBI agent tracking him, and finally in the woman who dreams about the killings. The characters were quite compelling, as was the premise. The novel was superbly plotted, with twists and turns, and no telegraphing of the ending - in fact I was sure I had solved the mystery at so many points during the story that I finally gave in and just enjoyed the ride!
The hero and heroine were well drawn, but TK Harris showed real mastery in voicing the serial killer. Trying to interpret his inner conversations was quite an effort, but well worth the trouble.
I wasn't sure, at first, about the paranormal aspect, but the author makes good sense and I was able to appreciate the character and root for her happily ever after. The light romance did not take away from the suspense, it actually moved the story along. The pacing was a bit uneven, the first 2/3rds seemed a faster read, once the heroine was the focus, the novel slowed down for me. I didn't stop though! The author kept my interest throughout.
*I received my copy from LibraryThing.com in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it soon became engrossing and I loved it! This story full of suspense
Although this seemed to be slightly "weird" at first, it soon became engrossing and I loved it! Read more
Published 11 days ago by LAWonder
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists
I would highly recommend this book. It has a lot of twists and turns that will keep you interested. Th book flows very well and connects each page to the following.
Published 4 months ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read - hard to put down.
Excellent writing! A good story that definitely gave me chills. The story was full of interesting twists and turns that kept me turning the pages. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story
I'm not really sure why I love this book....I think that I knew all along that there was a supernatural connection without it ever being focused on. We all have dreams. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lorri jones
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable mystery with a paranormal twist
Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed the book. When I first started reading it I had a hard time getting into it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carrie F. Shepherd, Author
4.0 out of 5 stars Phantom Dreams
I loved this book!! The genre is not one that I particularly read much, but from the beginning, this story grabbed me and I could not put the book down.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom dreams
Amazing story. this kept me on the edge of my seat. a real page Turner. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.
Published 6 months ago by k.bowers
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
very smooth writing and interesting story line.I enjoyed the characters very much.the ending was a little far fetched but all in all a very good read
Published 6 months ago by laura
4.0 out of 5 stars Phantom Dreams
I thought this book was interesting and moved at a good pace. No major twists but well orchestrated ending. Definitely will read more from this author.
Published 6 months ago by Nmk
5.0 out of 5 stars PHANTOM DREAMS
The book is slow to start--no gripping first sentence or paragraph--but well worth the read. The only annoying thing I found was that the chapter headings took up an entire page,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Vickie Bolton
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More About the Author

T.K. Harris was born long, long ago in a galaxy (known as California), far, far away and promptly shipped unceremoniously out of the country to spend the next several years living in the Netherlands (in a cupboard under the stairs). Upon return to the U.S. at the ripe old age of 8ish, Harris spent the next several years in a variety of states growing up (sort of) to become a software engineer and IT manager, traveling and living in even more states as well as other countries.

Harris has been writing since childhood and, through the years, has had several short stories published by various magazines, including one in Woman's World. Phantom Dreams is Harris's first published novel.

Harris currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado as a Solution Manager and APP/DEV Solutions Architect and is in the final draft of the next book: The Gillespie Five.

Find out more at:
http://www.tkharrisonline.com.

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