Book Review: ‘Fear Dreams’ by J.A. Schneider

Fear Dreams

Title: Fear Dreams

Published: 28th March 2016

Publisher: RGS Media

Author: J.A. Schneider

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JASchneiderAuthor

Twitter: @JoyceSchneider1

Synopsis:

Liddy Barron, an artist, was injured in a hit-and-run accident that left her with recurring nightmares, partial amnesia, and an increasing obsession in the disappearance of a coed named Sasha Perry. Was Sasha murdered? Insecure and nervous, Liddy’s turmoil grows as she begins seeing ghostly images. Her husband Paul tries to help but suspects it’s just her imagination…while intuitive Detective Kerri Blasco, also obsessed with young Sasha’s disappearance, senses that Liddy may have a key to solving the case, and tries to unravel the shocking truth of what really haunts her.

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A mystery or detective novel. This one is both and so much more. Take a ride on this suspenseful journey through the lost memories of Liddy.

The story starts a few months after Liddy’s accident – one that she can’t really remember how it happened. A drunk driver hit her after she ran out into traffic. Her husband Paul says they were both really drunk, had a fight and then she ran off. With having no memory of the event she has no reason to doubt him. Even he says his memory is fuzzy due to the booze. Her road to recovery is taking an unusual turn though. Physically she is getting better but emotionally she is way off. Dreams of water, fear of loss and a mysterious girl seemingly asking for help are putting a strain on her psyche. Her shrink keeps getting her to go back to the night of the accident because as soon as she unlocks what’s been too painful to see she will remember everything. Much to the annoyance of a certain person though. The killer could be closer than you think.

Detective Kerri Blasco is a strong character that doesn’t ever want to give up on a case until she catches the person responsible. Especially with Sasha’s missing person’s case. Even though it would not usually be a case she’d deal with, her being a homicide detective, she just knows she has to do something. Her gut is telling her that there is more to it than meets the eye. This girl who had her whole life ahead of her planned out goes missing and everyone just thinks of it as a runaway case. With no new information coming in the case gets closed to a point leaving Kerri the only person taking the lead. She just needs that one clue that will open up new avenues. She just didn’t expect it to come from a drawing.

While Liddy is out at a café with her husband Paul and best friend Beth waiting to check out a new apartment she finds herself with her sketchbook in hand drawing people as they pass. One glance is all it takes to capture someone. The first drawing is good but it’s her second one that catches Beth’s eye. Liddy insists she saw her pass the street but now can’t recall. It’s not until the next day Beth remembers why the girl looked so familiar and that’s because it’s the missing girl Sasha. Unsure what to do at first with her drawing she soon makes her way to see the only detective on the case Kerri. At first she thinks she will be laughed out with her story and drawing but something about her makes Kerri insist she stay and explain more.

This picture and Liddy’s reference to water keep popping up seemingly creating clues to follow. When a friend of Sasha’s is back in town and shows some new pictures Kerri starts to get the break she has been after. She feels a connection with Liddy and gets a feeling that she is a key to unlocking what really happened to Sasha.

Soon suspicion is set at Liddy’s husband Paul’s friends’ door – Ben and Carl. The fact that Paul has a boat that they have all used at some point and that Ben was caught up with a prescription fraud case involving Sasha soon gets more pieces to fall into place. You get a certain vibe about Ben and Carl that you just know something isn’t quite right. Even to a point with Paul. He is a very cleverly thought out character who knows how to play certain ways. He can act the doting husband wanting to help Liddy out with her pain one moment but then flip into a bit of an asshole when he has had a few too many to drink, seemingly to blame her for all his troubles.

The way the story plays out you are being pushed into thinking certain people could have had something to do with it. Many start acting jumpy but it holds out on the big reveal until the end. You are just hanging on for the ride willing Liddy to let her mind open up and remember what’s been hidden. After a traumatic event memories can become hidden until you are ready to remember them. In remembering though she could be putting herself in danger, lets just hope Kerri can get there in time. But if not her then perhaps someone else who has decided to keep a watchful eye on Liddy can keep her safe.

Her shrink had it right all along. The moment she unlocks the past she can see through to a better future. Best read as a one day sitting as I think it helps build the tension more. Great read that will have you gripped throughout. Mystery, intrigue, suspense, this book has it all. So check it out now.

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5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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