Sleep Tight / Rachel Abbott
Synopsis – A carefree young woman is stalked – without her knowledge – by an obsessive-compulsive control freak. After a quick succession of major life crises, the freak comes to her “rescue.” Then her life really goes to hell. The freak builds a psychological prison of isolation, threats, and complete control under the guise of a housewife’s dream life. And she must measure her every breath under her abuser’s eyes… until she finds the thinnest chance to escape. Will she escape her abuser with three young children in tow? Will her abuser hunt her down and take his rage out on her? Or will he take away what is most precious in her life?
Reaction – The plot was overly drawn out in relation to the action. Even so, this story had high suspense throughout. A number of subplots made the story more interesting, but they kind of fizzled out at the end. A dark mood, but with a saccharine ending, in my opinion. This is a book for a long, dreary, rainy night.
Recommendation – You’re taking your chances with this hit and miss book which renewed my will to live.
Intuitions Nightmare / Ashley N. Pearce
Synopsis – A teen starts having bloody nightmares. Worse yet, she keeps passing out. Even worse, her friends die off. And still even worse than that, she can’t distinguish between her nightmares and her waking life. Oh my god what is happening to everything in her life?! Why is everything so very utterly horrible and so very frighteningly nauseating?! Why is her life and everybody’s lives spinning completely and violently out of control like they are all cogs in some mad, demonic, wind-up toy which Satan himself has wound up and let loose on a seemingly innocent and unsuspecting populace?!
Reaction – My guess was this book was written by a teenager (it wasn’t), maybe 14 – 16. A bit rambling, definitely single-theme focused, and absolutely histrionic… and spot-on with the teenage concerns and interactions. At times I felt I was reading a parody of completely self-obsessed, the-world-is-ending teen storytelling. A few of the more extreme adjective- and adverb-laden passages were entertaining. A quick read aimed at pre-teens.
Recommendation – I guess some people would find this book worthwhile in some universe somewhere.