Fab cover but the plot just lost me and the main character was so naïve and gullible that I couldn’t connect. I read this book as part of a blog tour however I have waited until the tour was over to post my review. So for all those wondering if participating in blog tours means you sugar-coat your review, then my answer as you can see below is NO, definitely not.Dead Dreams by Emma Right
Published by Right House Books on 6 Aug 2013
Genres: Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
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Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams--of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for?
Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.
“It started on warm April afternoon.”
My main thought is that the main character was so naive that she practically begged to be scammed and I had little sympathy for her. She advertises for a flat-mate to share her apartment and ends up with Sarah. First off Sarah is aloof and condescending and I would have no interest in spending anytime with her let alone fall in with any scheme she proposes.
I also found the plot hard to understand, it was convoluted and it took me a while to figure out what exactly Sarah wanted Brie to do and even longer to figure out why. I ended up rereading that part of the book a few times. I was even more lost trying to understand Brie’s motivation for going along with it. I can understand a huge part of the motivation is financial but would that really be enough to abandon your family. Brie has a family who care (her mother even brings around food to ensure she eats correctly), maybe a little on the smothering side but at least they love her and it should have seemed harder for Brie to walk away from them.
Also Brie was at least savy enough to do a little bit of snooping and investigating into Sarah however she didn’t follow through on any of it. There is obviously faint warning bells going off in her head but she ignores the signs. Did no one ever tell her that if something seems too good to be true then it probably is!
So I wasn’t getting the plot or Brie’s motivation however the suspense was built up nicely and I was eager to see what was really going down. At least something was working for me, right? Wrong! I should have bottled that eagerness as no answers were given! One of the most interesting parts was Brie’s dreams however they aren’t explored or explained in this book so you can only guess as to their meaning. And then it ends in a huge cliff-hanger.
I really wish authors wouldn’t do that, it feels like a cheap plot devise to get you to buy the next book. I feel like a broken record repeating this but every book should have a beginning, a middle and an end. Not a beginning, a middle and a ton of unresolved questions, it just makes me feel there is no point to the book. Even in a series, a book should entertain on its own merit and not be totally dependent on you finishing the series to get any form of enjoyment.
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Who should read Dead Dreams?
I can’t recommend the book right now. Maybe when the series is finished and you can read from start to finish, then it will be an entertaining psychological thriller. Maybe. I can’t say I’m interested enough to find out.