This is a creepy book that you will not be able to put down - one reason being you will be utterly confused by the ending, wondering long after the final page is read what the heck just happened and what it was all about. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying In Dreams, a good horror read from author Shane Christopher.
The story involves the search for a monster serial killer who gruesomely murders five strangers in a dark basement room. Seems these five strangers were inexplicably drawn to this shadowy location because they all were having dreams – eerie dreams in which they witnessed one of the other victims in danger. But they were all strangers…
Enter Detective David Rodriguez, a thoughtful guy with a lot to prove. Now he’s teamed up with some hotshot young detective named James, and the two of them must find the killer before he - or she - strikes again. Enter Mari Kinsella, a pretty reporter with a lot to prove. She has her own reasons for going boldly into dark and shadowy places, and eventually she and David meet and decide to work in tandem…sort of.
As they draw closer to finding the identity of the killer and to each other, they, too, begin having those strange dreams in which they see others in danger. And they begin to wonder if perhaps the killer is drawing them deep into some bizarre web that will end just like it did for the other five “strangers.”
In Dreams holds you in its grip from page one, but unfortunately, once the killer is revealed, it starts to unravel, offering slim connections that don’t seem strong enough to feel as real as the first two-thirds of the story. I found myself shaking my head wondering what the connections were the author was so intently telling me existed, and the ending left me hanging.
But I did enjoy this book, even read it while cooking dinner so I wouldn’t miss anything. I did miss something, as mentioned before. But I still got the wits scared out of me.