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- Book 1 of 11 in Dreams & Reality (11 Book Series)
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Tortured Dreams is a mystery thriller by Hadena James. It tells the story of a self-professed sociopath, a magnet for violence prone to attracting the attention of serial killers. She's recruited by a US Marshal Serial Crimes Tracking Unit to pursue a murderer who kills using medieval torture methods.
I like the premise of the book, and in parts Hadena's prose brings to mind Jeff Lindsay's Dexter series, particularly with the thought patterns of the book's first-person narrator.
Unfortunately this cadence is pervasive throughout the course of the book, seldom varying, and the uniform short and punchy sentence structure grows tiring upon prolonged reading. I found myself taking frequent breaks, not because of the gruesome subject matter, just because the way the prose plodded along.
It reads very matter of fact, even in the way the characters speak, and the dialog doesn't entirely ring true. This is especially the case considering the varied extreme personalities presented. They all end up speaking with the same "voice".
I also found it somewhat difficult to connect to the characters, to the point where I was ambivalent regarding their fates. It wasn't that the protagonist is a sociopath, but rather that she didn't quite ring true as genuine. She seemed to me as a vehicle for the movement of the plot, rather than a character in her own right.
Despite these flaws Tortured Dreams isn't a terrible book, and if you're a big fan of sociopathic protagonists or serial killer thrillers you'll enjoy it.
Having said that the characters were so interesting and different at the same time. The topic matter was so different and unique to anything I had read for a while, being about various torture devices and their use in medieval times and of course now in the present. It was also about a woman who just seems to attract would be rapists and serial killers and even manages to kill some of them! It really shows psychopaths and mentally fractured people in a different light and on the trail of a serial killer. Aislinn is such a fascinating character and I would love to learn more about Malachi and his secrets as well as learn more about the rest of the team! Definitely worth picking up!
I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I have to say, I was intrigued by the story, and it pulled me along nicely. I found myself liking the main character, in spite of the type of person she really was (in real life, I'd probably dislike her a lot if I ever met her). Despite a couple times when the story dragged a bit, I wanted to keep reading.
I'm not sure if the book is set in the future or in a kind of alternate reality, but it plays off the increasing number of serial killers in our society. In my opinion, serial killers were always around. It just wasn't as easy to track them down in the past centuries, and there wasn't the news coverage to publicize it as easily. However, the theme in this book is it's an increasing number, a kind of de-evolvement of the species, and it's an interesting theory. Since the story is obviously about serial killers, there are some graphic details in the book. It's easy to gloss over them - again, because of the personalities in the book and the sociopathic tendencies of some of the characters - but I wouldn't say this book is for anyone who is squeamish.
There was a lot of talking and I didn't always find the dialogue believable, but considering the personality types in this book, I won't say it really takes away from the book. I wasn't always sure who was speaking, since a lot of times there were conversations in a group and they went back and forth quickly without a "she said" or "he said" to help me figure it out. I found myself having to go back and reread more than a few times in order to try and figure it out.
I do have this major criticism: the book needs a good proofread by a copy editor.Read more ›
Each of the characters was likeable in their own way. Hard to do with a bad of misfits, sociopaths, psychopaths and steroid abusers. Even as Aislinn is creepy in her frank accounting of her life, her knowledge of torture implements, and the way she handles each new experience, she's strangely endearing. With each new facet of her personality revealed I found myself liking her more and more. She tries, in her odd way, to make connections with the world around her. While she's not looking for best friends she can function in the real world to a certain degree.
The only issue I had with the book was I felt certain sections were too "tell-y" and not enough "showy". I don't know if it's the short sentences or the fact that Aislinn doesn't really have emotions, but some parts seemed very choppy, like, `I did this, then this happened, and then I did this.' However, I'm leaning more towards the second reason since a lot of how I relate to characters and the world is through the character's thoughts and emotions.
Regardless, that fact did not stop me from devouring this book. James does a great job of sucking you into the book and what started out as a few minutes reading ended up being hours because I had to finish the book. I wanted to know who the killer was, why they were killing people, and why they chose medieval torture methods to do it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a BB freebie... Had higher hopes for a better read. Definitely learned all about torture devices. Ending was weak.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Even though I am not usually one for first person narratives, this one hooked me in. The idea of a functioning sociopath is intriguing, and how she deals with her bizarre life is... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Quadeus
I must be one of the few who did not like this book. The characters were flat, the plot was hard to follow, and it just didn't flow well. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Renee
I was sceptical since this book was free on Amazon but I was pleasantly surprised. I couldn't put this book down.
The book was very graphic. I don't think I will read any other of this author's books. Reading Bout how torture devices work is not my style.Published 13 days ago by Ashley's Mom.
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