The first thing you should know is that I am not a huge fan of the genre of horror in general. Nonetheless, I was willing to put that aside in order to read this book simply because I know that Victoria Valentine is a superb writer and an accomplished author who knows how to write a story that grabs her reader and draws him or her in. Not only did this book grow on me, it surprised and delighted me, and made me begin to change my mind about the genre. So if you enjoy erotic thrillers, suspense, murder, intrigue and horror, with a touch of the supernatural, then this should be your very next read.
“Sweet Dreams” is the second novel in the author’s “Dreams” series, with “Love Dreams” being the first. Make no mistake; this is not a sequel to “Love Dreams”, per se. Rather, it picks up with the life of one of the characters from that book several years later. This book is nothing short of a heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat ride that is chilling right from the start and only gets more chilling as the book goes on. We meet Leo Gibraldi, one of the characters from “Love Dreams”, but here he has grown into a sexy, thoughtful and provocative assistant DA in Baltimore. When Gina, another character from the first book in whom he had more than a passing interest, is brutally murdered, Leo becomes driven to hunt down her killer. When the killer goes on to commit more murders, each more gruesome, sadistic and puzzling than the next, two things happen: first, Leo’s character develops and takes on new dimensions, as he hunts this psychotic serial killer. Second, the reader can’t help but become more and more intrigued and curious as to what makes the mind of this monster tick, and what drives him to commit such unspeakable and horrific acts. The author carefully layers the clues for the reader, building to what you know will be a dramatic climax, leaving the reader impatient for more.
I thought “Love Dreams” would be hard to top, but Victoria has done it here. I can only imagine the heights she will achieve with her next book, “Bad Dreams” and I, for one, cannot wait to read it!
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