A My Chronicle Book Box review of Sweet Dreams by Tricia Sullivan.
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Publication date: 21 September 2017
Charlie is a dreamhacker, able to enter your dreams and mould their direction. Forget that recurring nightmare about being naked at an exam – Charlie will step in to your dream, bring you a dressing gown and give you the answers. As far as she knows, she’s the only person who can do this. Unfortunately, her power comes with one drawback – Charlie also has narcolepsy, and may fall asleep at the most inopportune moment.
But in London 2022, her skill is in demand. And when she is hired by a minor celebrity – who also happens to be the new girlfriend of Charlie’s lamented ex – who dreams of a masked Creeper then sleepwalks off a tall building, Charlie begins to realise that someone else might be able to invade dreams…
My Chronicle Book Box Review:
This book was included in the November 2017 Science Fiction and Fantasy My Chronicle Book Box.
Charlie has an unusual, and she believes unique, gift; she can enter people’s dreams and uses her ability to help people having nightmares. It is not without it’s drawbacks as she also suffers from debilitating narcolepsy (a condition I had very little knowledge of before reading this book) and this has severely impacted her life. Having lost her home and her job, Charlie is now a live-in carer for O who makes for a rather odd landlady but supports Charlie in her therapeutic dream hacking business.
Charlie is tough with a rather sarcastic sense of humour and is trying to make the best of things however they take a rather dark turn when one on Charlie’s clients (who is also the current girlfriend of her ex boyfriend) dies while Charlie is with her in her dreamscape. It seems Charlie is not unique after all and now she is in danger because another much less benevolent person is also able to infiltrate dreams, including Charlie’s.
I really enjoyed this book even though I found the idea of someone infiltrating your dreams when you are at your most vulnerable i.e. asleep, rather creepy. It was clearly Tricia’s intention that when reading it you should feel just a little on edge and it was done very successfully. The book was paced really well so that I read it in a very short time given it is a lengthy book. Overall this was an intelligent and interesting read with some good action scenes and sarcastic humour.
Highly recommended for SF and mystery lovers! Just maybe not right before bedtime?
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