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Albert’s life is like a nightmare. It’s always been this way. Years of violence and crime has made him tough and mean and hard. Failure stalks at every turn and it feels pretty darn lousy.
The juxtaposition of these two completely separate and unrelated stories gives “Dreams And Nightmares” a strange sense of discontinuity but it works. As the book switches from one story to the other, the reader is taken along on two different rides at the same time; one, a soft and cozy fantasy where things are happy and hopeful and the other a dark and dangerous adventure where nothing goes right and death waits for the slightest mistake.
When the two stories finally collide, as the reader knows they will, it is nothing less than magnificent. The fact that the collision is expected does nothing to diminish the drama of the event. This is writing at its best. As she did with her previous book, “The People Next Door,” Ann Werner has crafted a wonderful story full of adventure and intrigue and sure to hit the mark for any reader. “Dreams And Nightmares” is a total success on every level.
When Decker's dreams turn to nightmares, she prevails so triumphantly that you'll want to cheer her on and shout for joy. DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES is a unique, colorful, action-packed thriller that left me with the elated feeling I get at the end of a great movie.
By Ann Werner
Published July 19, 2011
In the first two chapters we meet two distinctly different characters. Decker, who dreams of being a successful writer, meets her live-in boyfriend at a fancy restaurant at his request, expecting a marriage proposal, and gets instead, an awkward statement that he is leaving her for another woman and moving to Chicago. Her devastation soon turns to elation when her manuscript is accepted and she receives a check for $100,000 and a contract with a top literary agent.
At the same time, we meet Albert, a career criminal who, in a bank robbery gone horribly wrong ends up in prison again. The author keeps us guessing as he plots to escape by getting sent to the infirmary, and his hope that his girlfriend and his cousin will understand his coded message asking for their help.
I liked that the book was unpredictable. I knew these two characters must have some connection, but there seemed to be none. I didn't want to put the book down - afraid the clues I was looking for were just ahead in the next chapter or two. All strands come together in an unexpected way which will keep the reader guessing right up to the last chapters. I was not disappointed, but I'll save the ending for the next reader to discover. It was well worth staying up late to finish this book!
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I love that the story wasn't predictable. I thought it would be as I was reading it, but I was completely wrong about how things ended up. I like that. The writing had a great flow and the descriptions were great. I would definitely read another novel by Ms. Werner.
I got this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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