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Lucy Lowell was on the jury of the agonizing trial of a serial killer. A reoccurring nightmare of a girl being carried into the woods sent her to seek the help of Dr. Alex Delaware, a psychologist. Dr. Delaware believed it was more then just a nightmare. Alex's friend, Detective Milo Sturgis, looked into old police records. There was an unsolved missing persons report from about the same time they expected the dream to have taken place. The photo of the girl matched the girl of Lucy's dream. The further they explored the dream, the more complicated things got. Dr. Delaware had numerous theories of how things went down that summer twenty- one years ago. However, with each step closer they got to figuring out the mysteries of times past, things got more and more dangerous. Little did Dr. Delaware know this one dream would uncover a year full of mysterious murders.
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This was an exciting, fast paced novel. There are many twist and turns; it keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end. Kellerman did an excellent job with this action-packed novel.
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This book is about Dr. Alex Delaware trying to help a 20 something girl, who wa a juror in a murder trail get past her nightmares. He realized through hypnosis, that the "nightmares" are in fact something that took place at her estranged fathers cabin over 20 years ago. In trying to find out the turth, they discover, along with the help of Detective Stergis, that at least one murder, maybe more has taken place becasue of what happened 20 years ago. Many twists and turns, that conclude with a great and appropriate ending. I have read almost all of the Alex Delaware novels and find it hard to put any of them down until I am finished. This book is no exception. A must read!!
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 25%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 25% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   relative    -   chronically deranged person Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   psychiatrist investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for missing person Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor    -   psychiatrist Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Forest?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   touching of anatomy    -   orgies Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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