Title: Wake to Dream
Alice Beaumont is running out of time…
Plagued by sleep disorders since her childhood, Alice had grown accustomed to the nightly dreams that terrorized her. She woke up in strange places. She was paralyzed by fear and hallucinations. She screamed each night at unseen specters and evil faces.
When her sister, Delilah, goes missing, Alice’s dreams take on new meaning. A link between reality and fantasy, Alice understands that her dreams hold the key to the mystery of her sister’s abduction.
A hooded woman…
A mysterious and dangerous man…
And a doctor who is determined to help her fit together the broken pieces…
Alice has no choice but to peer deep into the recesses of her mind to discover the clues that will lead her to truth. On a race to save her sister, Alice runs a dangerous maze between the nightmares that haunt her and the monster that waits for her when she finally wakes.
*This title deals with disturbing themes that may be a trigger for sensitive readers.*
Author: Lily White
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Four Crows
Published by Self Source: Author
Published: October 11, 2016
Genres: Drama, Psychological Thriller
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If Lily White is good for one thing, it is coming up with books that are darn near impossible to write reviews for without giving away the plot. Wake to Dream is her latest creation that yes, fits that very mold. However, I will do my best to give an honest review without revealing the secrets I have discovered.
I’m not going to lie and say I loved this book. In fact, I spent the first 60% hating it. Not the plot, no the plot was completely diabolical. Alice is quite the character. Her story lures you in, grabs you by the throat and drags you into the labyrinth of her world. The world she has with the ‘mysterious and dangerous man’. GAH! Then there is the ‘doctor who is determined to help’. Honestly, his constant insistence drove me bonkers. Same room, ask question, harp harp, harp. Now that I have finished the book of course, all of it makes sense, but at the time I’m wondering what the whole point of it was. And while I am on the subject of bonkers, hello triggers! There are so many disturbing things going on that if you get upset over violence of any kind, don’t even bother.
So why did I struggle so hard for most of the book? The constant pendulum of the story telling. One minute Alice is with the doctor and I’m absorbing (or trying to) what is going on there, then BOOM it switches to Alice with the dangerous man and that bit of WTH. It was a constant switching of gears. Doctor, dangerous man, doctor, dangerous man, repeat, repeat. Drove. Me. Nuts. I came real close to giving up several times but I had my faithful Lily-ite buddy kicking me to push through and finish. Which of course I did. (Thanks Steph), so keep that in mind if you struggle with it as well. Just keep reading.
The ending is just in one word: Unpredictable. Let me just warn you now, if you attempt to take note to predict the ending, just forget it. There’s no point because this psychological thriller is going to mess with your mind. I think readers who dive into this latest masterpiece by Ms. White are going to love this book. It’s definitely one that will linger in your mind.