October 17, 2016 by Evelyn Summers
Alice Beaumont is running out of time…
Plagued by sleep disorders since her childhood, Alice had grown accustomed to the nightly dreams that terrorized her. She woke up in strange places. She was paralyzed by fear and hallucinations. She screamed each night at unseen specters and evil faces.
When her sister, Delilah, goes missing, Alice’s dreams take on new meaning. A link between reality and fantasy, Alice understands that her dreams hold the key to the mystery of her sister’s abduction.
A hooded woman…
A mysterious and dangerous man…
And a doctor who is determined to help her fit together the broken pieces…
Alice has no choice but to peer deep into the recesses of her mind to discover the clues that will lead her to truth. On a race to save her sister, Alice runs a dangerous maze between the nightmares that haunt her and the monster that waits for her when she finally wakes.
This title deals with disturbing themes that may be a trigger for sensitive readers.
“I’m not crazy, you know? I’m not. I just know things, dark things, sick things…really bad things.”
This is an extraordinarily difficult review to write, because there is very little I can really discuss without giving away spoilers – though you should know, it’s an absolute mindfuck, right to the very end. Every time I thought I had it figured out, things changed, in a distorted reality and one story told from three varying perspectives and cognitive abilities.
Her tears had turned him on, but it was the small fight she’d attempted that had pushed him into a mindless, toxic fervour.
It wasn’t the easiest book to read, and much of it required a lot of concentration, but White has written something extremely clever and absolutely fascinating here, and I found it refreshing to read a dark book with more focus on the psyche than, as referenced within the novel itself, the typical Stockholm Syndrome trope.
“He was dark enough that he overshadowed my light, and the nightmares couldn’t find their way.”
If you’re looking for dark erotica, this isn’t that kind of book. But if you’re looking for something challenging, utterly disturbing and actually quite terrifying, this is the one for you. And though it may be the first book I’ve read from White, there is no way it’s going to be the last. Welcome back.