Book Review: Fever Dream by J.J. DiBenedetto

30 May

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Title: Fever Dream (Dream Series, Book 9)

Author:  J.J. DiBenedetto  

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Blurb

Dr. Sara Alderson isn’t used to her patients dying for no reason. When a young boy succumbs to a mysterious illness that defies all her efforts to treat it, she refuses to accept defeat. 

After two months of questions, Sara has attracted the attention of powerful people who don’t want their secrets uncovered, and will go to any lengths to make sure they stay hidden. 

Now, time is running out for Sara to unravel the mystery before anyone else falls victim to the illness. And before her career, her family and her freedom are taken from her by enemies she doesn’t even know she has. 

Fever Dream is the ninth book of the Dream Series.

My Review

 

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I read the first four books in this series, and I plan on reading the next four, but I ran out of time. I had committed to posting this review so I had to skip ahead to read #9. I like the premise of these books but Sara does a lot of rambling in the first two and I was almost ready to give up (I couldn’t imagine 7 more books with her rambling) but I really liked the third book, so I decided to keep on going. 

Fever Dream is my favorite book in this series so far.  It’s full of drama and Sara has a mystery to solve before she ends up in prison for something she didn’t do. She and her friends and family are a formidable force when they’re pushed too far. And being able to go into others’ dreams helps, too.

I still can’t believe how dumb Sara can be sometimes when she’s such a smart person. It’s finally been confirmed that I’m not the only one who thinks that. From one of Sara’s dreams: “‘You are the dumbest smart person I’ve ever met,’ Lydia says, sighing deeply. ‘You’ve got all the pieces. But you refuse to put them together.'”

I really enjoyed this book. It refers to things that happened in previous books but it also stands alone. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series that I haven’t read yet, including the last one that hasn’t been released.

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 About the Author

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J.J. (James) Dibenedetto‘s fans would swear he’s got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing into the minds of others and often wonder if his stories could possibly be fiction. He enjoys suspending disbelief with suspenseful paranormal tales that are a perfect blend of reality meets fantasy.

His popular Dream Series continues to delight readers with each and every exciting installment.

Born in Yonkers, New York, he currently resides in Arlington Virginia with his beautiful wife and a cat he is sure has taken full advantage of its nine lives. When it comes to the cat, he often wonders, but then again it might just be his imagination.

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About the Dream Series

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What if you could see everyone else’s dreams?  That’s the question Sara has to wrestle with in the Dream Series.  We first meet her as a shy, bookish college student who doesn’t think there’s anything extraordinary about herself.  And then the dreams start…

Over the course of the series, Sara learns to live with these supernatural dreams and all the trouble they plunge her into.  At the same time, she grows from a student to a practicing doctor; and from a single girl to a wife and mother.  But every time she thinks she’s got everything figured out, life – and her extraordinary dreams – teach her that she’s always got more to learn…

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College junior Sara Barnes thought her life was totally
under control.  All she had to worry
about was her final exams, Christmas shopping, applying to medical school – and
what to do about the cute freshman in the next dorm with a crush on her.  Everything was going according to plan, until
the night she started seeing other people’s dreams.

 

It’s bad enough that Sara is learning more than she ever
needed to know about her friends and classmates, watching their most secret
fantasies whether she wants to or not.
Much worse are the other dreams, the ones she sees nearly every night,
featuring a strange, terrifying man who commits unspeakable crimes.  Now Sara wonders if she’s the only witness to
a serial killer – and the only one who knows when and where he’s going to
strike next.

Dream Student is the first book of the Dream Series.

My Review

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Between adjusting to life as a newlywed and trying to
survive the first month of medical school, Sara Alderson has a lot on her
plate.  She definitely doesn’t need to start
visiting other people’s dreams again.  Unfortunately
for her, it’s happening anyway.

Every night, she sees a different person and a different
dream.  But every dreamer has one thing
in common: they all hate Dr. Morris, the least popular professor in the medical
school, and they’re all dreaming about seeing him – or making him – dead.

Once again, Sara finds herself in the role of unwilling
witness to a murder before it happens.
But this time, there are too many suspects to count, and it doesn’t help
matters that she hates Dr. Morris every bit as much as any of his would-be
murderers do.

Dream Doctor is the second book of the Dream Series.

My Review

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Dr. Sara Alderson can deal with eighty-hour workweeks as a
resident at Children’s Hospital.  Dealing
with crises in the Emergency Room or the OR is second nature to her.  But now she faces a challenge that all of her
training and experience hasn’t prepared her for: Lizzie, her four-year-old
daughter, has inherited her ability to see other people’s dreams.

After Lizzie befriends a young boy on a trip to Washington,
DC, and then wakes up in a panic that night because of a “bad funny dream,”
Sara knows exactly what it means: her daughter is visiting the boy’s
dreams.  Complicating matters is the fact
that the boy’s father is a Congressman, and he’s dreaming about a “scary man in
a big black car” threatening his Daddy.

Unraveling a case of political corruption and blackmail
would be hard enough for Sara under the best of circumstances.  But when she has to view everything through
the eyes of a toddler, it may be an impossible task.

Dream Child is the third book of the Dream Series.

My Review   

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Dr. Sara Alderson didn’t think she had a problem in the
world, when she walked into the office for her first day as a partner in her
own medical practice.  And then the
police showed up and arrested her for a crime she couldn’t possibly have
committed.  Twenty four hours later,
after a horrifying day and night in jail, Sara comes home a different – and
completely broken – woman.

Clearing her name is her first challenge, but that’s nothing
compared to the task of rebuilding her shattered psyche.  And the only way she can do that is with the
help of the supernatural dreams, the same dreams that have nearly cost Sara her
sanity – and almost got her killed – in the past.

Dream Family is the fourth book of the Dream Series.

My Review

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After nearly a decade of visiting other people’s dreams,
Sara Alderson thought she had made peace with her supernatural gift.  Until one night, while watching her husband
dream, she saw someone else watching him, too: a mysterious woman in a red
dress.

 

The woman in red keeps appearing in the dreams of Sara’s
husband and his co-workers.  Sara doesn’t
know if this mystery woman is trying to steal her husband, drive him mad or something
even worse.  All she does know is that
now she has something she never imagined: a nemesis.  And the only thing more dangerous than a
nemesis who shares her ability to step into other people’s dreams, is one who
knows far more about that ability and how to control it than Sara does.

Waking Dream is the fifth book of the Dream Series.

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Dr. Sara Alderson is heading back to college for her
ten-year class reunion.  Her husband and
two of her children are coming with her – and so are her supernatural dreams.

 

One of her old classmates is becoming more frantic with
every passing night.  Sara can’t see his
face, but she can see everything else in his dreams, and he’s coming closer and
closer to committing a desperate act to try and save his business.  Sara’s the only one who can save him, and his
family – if she can figure out who he is and what he’s planning in time.

Dream Reunion is the sixth book of the Dream Series.

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Dr. Sara Alderson thought she was securing her and her
family’s future when she moved them to a small town in New York and took a job
as Chief of Pediatrics at the local hospital.
Unfortunately, things aren’t going quite according to plan.  For one thing, she has enemies at work who
resent her from the moment she sets foot in the hospital.

 

For another, she’s visiting the dreams of an old man who’s seeing
nightly visions of a storm that will wipe out the entire town.  He’s convinced that the visions are true –
and as winter closes in, Sara is starting to think he might be right.

Dream Home is the seventh book of the Dream Series.

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Thanks to her unique ability to step into other people’s
dreams, Dr. Sara Alderson has solved murders, unraveled conspiracies and saved
lives. But when a crisis hits close to home, even her supernatural gift might not
be enough to avert disaster.

On a family vacation to Paris, Sara’s fifteen-year-old
daughter Grace disappears without a trace. The only way to find her is through
Sara’s dreams. But her gift has taken an unwanted vacation, and without it,
Sara has no idea how to rescue Grace. In a foreign city, with no clues, and her
dreaming talent failing her for the first time, Sara must figure out another
way to find Grace before it’s too late.

Dream Vacation is the eighth book of the Dream Series.

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4 Responses to “Book Review: Fever Dream by J.J. DiBenedetto”

  1. jburns58 May 30, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    Those seem like great stories!

  2. J.J. DiBenedetto May 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

    Thanks for reviewing my books, and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them!

    What you say in this review is definitely true, Sara is often her own worst enemy!

    • sleepygirl2 May 30, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

      She is! When I first started reading the series, she drove me crazy, but I eventually got used to it. In fact, if you asked my husband, he’d probably say she’s a lot like me…smart but sometimes so clueless!

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