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5.0 out of 5 starsKeep them coming
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2018
I have just finished this book and found out the next one is the last according to the little segments of leave a review and you can find the next book here. NOOOOO I don't want this one to end. I am thoroughly enjoying this series. It will be a great one to re read later down the line when I have nothing else at hand. Off to get my last book in the series.
I guess sometimes we have a need to blame the ills of society on TV and the violence or perceptions created and portrayed thereupon.. But that would be the easy way out. For example, the TV program of Dr. House is about all kinds of mysterious, even esoteric illnesses that are next to impossible to diagnose. From that we gain a perspective that any such illnesses are often misdiagnosed or people die from illnesses that need not have been fatal. Fever Dream deals with just such a scenario when Sara Alderson has a young boy, Michael, die on her from an unknown cause. Two years ago she saved his life. Now she does not even have a clue what caused him to die. But she is determined to find out, asking lots of questions. And in the process stepping into a nightmare that would shake up the town and endanger her family once again. Fever Dream is quite an astute title, fitting the hair raising contents very well as the story races to a nail biting finale. Whew! Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 starswhen your life and career are on line...
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2015
When Sara loses Michael Marchetti, she is devastated. She can't figure out what he had to cause this and with all of the tests done, nothing makes sense. Sara starts digging to see if she can figure out what poor little Michael had. When his mother Connie gets sick as well and has similar symptoms, Sara tries everything she can do to save her. Luckily, Connie's regular doctor comes back from vacation and knows exactly what the problem is and treats Connie. With Connie on the mend, Sara wishes Dr. Ellison was here back in December so that Michael could have saved. Sara keeps dreaming about the Attorney General, Edgar Spinner. She can't figure out what is relevant with invading his dreams though. When Sara finds out that someone is trying to look into her past and dig up her criminal records, she contacts her attorney, Alex, from nine years ago to help. Will Sara figure out what is going on before it's too late? People are after her and they're out for blood. And it's not just her that's being targeted, they are going after her family and friends to try and intimidate her and draw her out. I have to say, after all these years, it doesn't seem like Sara has really grown up or gotten smarter. You would think as a person ages, they mature a bit but it seems sometimes she still acts like that College student we met in the first book. And usually when she dreams of certain people, they are relevant to something that is going to happen, yet Sara is again slow in putting the pieces together. It's like it's her first dream ever where she doesn't understand what is going on.
J.J. DeBenedetto has an extremely unique writing voice, so much so that you almost feel like you're living the story along with the characters. Writing in first person, present tense for the most part (except Sara's dreams), is not seen a lot and now I wonder why. It's very personal. In the case of the Dream books the reader feels extremely connected to Sara, the protagonist and dreamer. Even if you haven't read all nine books, the author writes enough backstory to fill in the gaps. In Fever Dream, Sara's strange ability to see other people's dreams seems to make her a magnet for trouble and this story had a fresh twist I didn't see coming merging two plot lines eventually. What medical anomaly is affecting Sara's patients at the tiny hospital she runs? The dreams weave in and out of the story, giving her clues, making her crazy and ultimately leading Sara down a slippery slope that you wouldn't think a small town doctor could survive. DeBenedetto's story is filled with familial anecdotes that counteract the paranormal aspect of Sara's dreaming, giving the reader an anchor as the story unwinds. Sara's children, parents, husband lead quiet lives, do family activities, have appointments, school meetings, are boringly normal as the matriarch of the family juggles a high-powered career and the enormity of seeing the future and past in her dreams. Between the suspenseful scenes, we welcome hearing how Brian makes dinner and puts the younger children to bed while Sara slips into a sexy nightgown to wait for him. It's life. Normal life. But with a twist. You don't need to buy into the paranormal aspect to enjoy these books. The author does such a sneaky job of inserting the supernatural into his books that by the time you finish reading Fever Dream, you won't even realize you've read a paranormal. Love this cover! Loved the book! Well done DeBenedetto!
4.0 out of 5 starsKindle Copy for Review As a series of patients keep ...
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2015
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As a series of patients keep dying at the hospital for no real reason, Sara starts to dream about her previous successor. As her dreams further grow, she finds that she has stumbled across something that the higher ups wants to keep secret.
.Timing is running out when the police is once again paying her visit but this time she was oaf the office. On the run this time with her younger daughter Stephanie cam she find the answers before she is thrown again in jail.
Another moving story this time her youngest daughter is involved.