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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Iris Johansen returns with a new suspense thriller guaranteed to keep readers turning pages all night long, an adrenaline-laced shocker that pits a mother and son against a killer who's the stuff of nightmares.

If you close your eyes, he'll get you. Sophie Dunston knows all too well how dreams can kill. As one of the nation's top sleep therapists, she specializes in the life-threatening night terrors that her 10-year-old son, Michael, suffers from. But she is also an expert in another kind of terror, the kind that can turn a dream life into a living nightmare in the blink of an eye.

Someone is watching. He's a shadowy figure from out of her darkest fears, and he hasn't forgotten her. In one shocking moment of violence, he'd shattered Sophie's world forever and left her with only one thing to live for: her son. But the nightmare isn't over for Sophie Dunston. It's just begun. He's been waiting. Sophie was supposed to die the first time around, but fate intervened. This time he'll make sure that not even a miracle will save her.

It wasn't a miracle that saved Jock Gavin, but it was pretty close. A semi-retired hit man, commando, and jack-of-all-deadly-trades, he knows what Sophie is up against, and that she'll need help. But the man he's chosen for the job is as unpredictable as he is dangerous. Matt Royd is a wild card, hard, cool, merciless, and putting him into play changes the game completely. But to whose advantage?

Sophie will soon find out. She will have to trust Royd because she has no choices left. Because the boogeyman haunting her dreams is all too real and he's on the hunt again. Because the nightmare he's got planned for Sophie won't end when she wakes up screaming. It won't end. Ever.

©2006 Johansen Publishing LLLP; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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"The danger increases tenfold as the hunters become the hunted in this suspenseful tale of nightmarish evil." (Booklist)

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If you liked the old Batman shows you'll LOVE this book. EVERYTHING is SOOOOO over dramatized that it's hard to get into. It was so hard to listen to that I just didn't get what the story line was anymore. I had to quit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • jj
  • 04-15-07


I usually enjoy this author but I was really tired of hearing "shut-up". I gave up about 2/3 of the way in.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Pamela
  • Raleigh, NC, USA
  • 01-26-07


Iris Johansen is one of my favorite authors, and as I've come to expect this novel as always out shines the last with lots of intrique and twists in the plot. Anyone who enjoys her work will not be disappointed and if you have never read one of her novels this would be a great one to read first.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not Johansen usual writing!!

Could not wait until the end, I have read all her books and there is something missing in this one, more like one of the romance novels

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynn
  • Hollis, OK, United States
  • 08-20-11

Very good book

I listened to this several times. Loved it. Good story and plenty of twists and turns

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I accidentally chose this book...

I thought this was going to be an interesting book with intrigue and action. Zero of either! There was so much build up but nothing ever happened! The so called sexual tension was sophomoric and tedious. Damn would someone just kill someone or something!? I think the author should leave the special forces styled assassin BS to someone else and stick to describing naked hunks unabashedly lounging about the undersexed landscape while the heroine continually tells him to "shut up".

This book made me look forward to my next root canal.

I will say that I was digging the narrator's Scottish accent.

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  • Wendy
  • Katy, TX, USA
  • 09-17-06

Loved it!!

Great book....not surprised. Iris Johansen is always great. Loved the characters....couldn't wait to find out what happened next.

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Typical Johansen - Easy Listening, Fast Pace

Sophie Dunst, a dream expert and her son Michael are being targeted by killers, all after they both witness Sophie's father gun down Sophie's mother and then kill himself in a crazed mental state that was completely unlike his usual state (a "killer dream" maybe?) When it becomes clear that someone wants Sophie and Michael dead, they go into hiding with the help of Royd, a handsome protector. Diabolical plot, erotic charmer, beautiful leading lady, what more do you need? Pretty good summer listen.

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  • Orvetta
  • Kingsland, GA, USA
  • 09-08-06

Killer Dreams - WOW

Wow!! This was a GREAT book!! I would never expect less from Iris Johansen though!! It kept me going to where I didn't want to stop, cuz I wanted to know what was going to happen next! As always, thanks Iris Johansen for your wonderful imagination!! Happy reading!

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  • Mrs. REP
  • 12-10-07


This is not a good example of the romantic suspence genre! The main characters are cardboard cutouts and have lots of unlikely contradictory conversations. The story is partially set in Scotland where the characters are all called MacDuff or MacTavish or suchlike and the author appears to be unaware that Scotland Yard isn't actually in Scotland.
Also the narrator has to be in the running for the worst Scottish accent ever!