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Dream Detective
Lucy Weaver, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

Everyone said my brother died from an accidental heroin overdose—and I believed them. For a while. My life was pretty normal until Dex left me. But then suddenly, I was having weird dreams about other people who had died—and not the ones who passed from natural causes. I couldn’t figure out what was going on at first, but then I met Jude, the sexy, ice-blue-eyed private investigator who rescued me when I was abandoned in Vegas by my best friend. Now, he’s offering to train me up and be his partner—and help me figure out exactly what my dreams mean. But will it help me find out the truth about Dex’s death? And will I be able to maintain a professional relationship with a guy I’m finding harder and harder to resist?
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: After the sudden death of her brother, Dex, Malaya begins seeing other people's deaths in her dreams--including her brother's, which is beginning to seem suspicious after all. And after a coincidental meeting with a (sexy) PI named Jude, Malaya's life gets a lot more complicated as she is sucked into a plot involving those she cares about the most--a dangerous game that she and Jude must navigate as they continue to navigate their feelings for one another. 

Prose: Weaver's prose gets the job done with fast-paced, old-fashioned storytelling--engaging the reader, and making them want more.  

Originality: A PI and his partner/girlfriend trying to solve an unusual case while also trying hard to resist their feelings for each other--while not terribly original, it's engaging and great fun. Malaya's abilities add a layer of freshness to the story. 

Character/Execution: The chemistry between Malaya and Jude is undeniable (and even outright smacks the reader in the face at times), however, their dynamic adds both interest and suspense to the story. Villains are deserving of somewhat more development. Nevertheless, this remains a deeply entertaining page-turner of a novel and readers will undoubtedly be anxious for the next book.

Date Submitted: April 07, 2022

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