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Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer (Nightmares Trilogy Book 1) by [Carlton, Demelza]
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Book 1 of 3 in Nightmares Trilogy (3 Book Series)
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"Demelza shouldn't be allowed to publish a series without all of them being ready for sale. Simple as that. It should be against the law." - Colleen Bratley

"I loved it. So many twists and turns, it's dark and gritty, and definitely keeps you wondering what happened. The secrets in this novel pile up quickly and the suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat." - Andrea Michelle

"Like riding a rollercoaster to the top and then BAM! You are flung over the side and chaos has taken over." - Momma Says Read

"Pure genius, that's all I'm saying." - JT Chapman

"Paced for suspense, this book delivers." - Nimjim52

"This book has bits of everything: suspense, action, mystery, romance. Can't wait to read the next one in the series!" - Jalpa Pandya

"This book had me spell-bound. A great read which will keep you engaged until the very end." - Sophia Gampton

"This book goes well with spicy tuna sushi and hot jasmine tea because it has a lot of kick that needs to be soothed, just like Caitlin. I look forward to reading the sequel." - Athena, Greek Goddess

"More twists and turns than your Granny's knitting basket. A rollercoaster ride of thrills, chills and suspense. It is a testament to the dogged determination of the human spirit; lust, trust, loyalty, revenge, justice and forgiveness." - Amazon Customer

"Smart, haunting, thought-provoking, insightful, thrilling, and even amusing at times. Ultimately, this book was just downright riveting." - Kevis Hendrickson

"Kudos on a well written marvel." - Prism

About the Author

Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1059 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lost Plot Press (July 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E7KTEEW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,406 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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So I have been sitting on my hands (and mind) for just over 24 hours now, trying to think of the proper way to review this book. It is very difficult for me so I will just break it down.
1.) Demelza Carlton is a fantastic writer and has an amazing way with words. She knows her way around tension and can bring it straight out in a book like this one
2.) The realism with which the memories of brutal rape and torture were alluded to just enough to make Caitlin's trauma palpable
3.) The idea behind the plot of this book is excellent. The beginning of the book started with enough mystery and confusion that I was able to immediately immerse myself into the story.

Now:
4.) The character Nathan is a scumbag. I could not find a single redeeming quality in him or a single thing that would, were I to meet him in real life, endear me to him. This greatly disappointed me as I believe he was supposed to be somewhat of a hero figure (though not THE hero). I kept waiting for his character to grow, to progress, to do something besides be the sleezeball he was.
5.) Caitlin, while Demelza was able to draw me in and feel sorry for her, was perhaps the most unbelievable trauma survivor I have read in a very long time. I don't do spoilers so I can't say much, but having some second hand experience with this topic, I can say that she is nothing like a character in her position should have been. And, she did not grow through the story, she remained stagnant and then at the end, she warped. There was no in between
6.) The end was rushed - and if it wasn't, it certainly read in a rushed manner. The flow for the most part was great. It crept along with suspense and intrigue and tension and then, suddenly in the last 2 chapters, it just went into fast forward mode and left holes and questions.

Overall: 3 Stars.
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It took me a while to figure out how to write this review. There was something about this book that made me pause. It wasn't until I'd reflected on it for a while that I figured out what it was that jolted me. Over the past few years, I've been reading a lot of books written by indie authors. Incidentally, I've also found myself losing interest in reading fiction. It wasn't because the indie books I read were crap. I usually do a good job of avoiding the dreck out there. What it all boiled down to was I just wasn't having a whole lot of fun reading and was unable to put my finger on the reason why.

Until now.

Most of the books I've been reading have been well-written with intriguing concepts and interesting perspectives. However, there has been something lacking with most of them. Something that this book had that the others didn't.

A soul.

The books that grab my attention the most--the ones that keep me turning pages and not reaching for the TV Remote, are the ones that have something to say. It makes no difference what the subject matter is: whether it's a book about laser sword wielding warrior-priests, a book about a mother grieving over her dead child, or a book where stuff blows up every other page. What matters is that the book stays with me long after I finish reading it.

Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer has a soul and that's part of what kept me turning pages. I found this book to be smart, haunting, thought-provoking, insightful, thrilling, and even amusing at times. Ultimately, this book was just downright riveting and held my attention the entire time.

My only complaint about this story were the internal monologues of Nathan.
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This story behind this book is actually a bit disturbing, but it's so well written I was captivated.
I especially liked the depth of the main characters, they really came alive for me. Also the suspense was good, it was written from the perspective of Nathan, a conflicted bloke trying to help Caitlin while trying to deal with his own issues, so you felt like you never knew the whole story, or what was going to happen next, but couldn't wait to find out!
A very good horror thriller.
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Demelza Carlton's `Nightmares' is an exceptional piece of work. Dark and gritty, it will send shivers down your spine and slowly capture your heart as Caitlin's Nightmares unfold. The current popularity of Supernatural and Paranormal fiction makes it very easy to forget that monsters don't just exist in the shadows of imagination - they can be much more real.

How well do you really know your neighbourhood policeman, or that nice couple across the road? That man who stopped to ask you for directions - what does he do in his spare time? The answers could be the death of you.

When Nathan Miller finds a girl left for dead on a darkened beach, he makes her a promise which he fights tooth and nail to keep, regardless of the cost.

The opening chapters feature Nathan and an unconscious Caitlin in a hospital room; under surveillance and with guards at the door as Caitlin re-lives the horrors she was subjected to via violent dreams which only Nathan seems able to vanquish.

After Caitlin awakens, he becomes her lifeline, her safety net, confidante and friend. Nathan is keeping his promise, but he's also keeping a lot of secrets...

The plot of `Nightmares' has more twists and turns than your Granny's knitting basket and will keep you guessing long after the last line has been read. It is not simply a rollercoaster ride of thrills, chills and suspense. It is a testament to the dogged determination of the human spirit; lust, trust, loyalty, revenge, justice and forgiveness.
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