Since the publication of Hidden in Dreams one week ago, reader reviews have been pouring in. I’d like to share several of them. Excerpts of reviews posted by bloggers include a link to the full review — I hope you’ll visit their blogs and leave them a comment.
Let’s start with a review that gives a good overview of the plot:
Mary Kay Moody
Dr. Elena Burroughs, an accomplished psychotherapist, finds her credibility and career threatened by her public stance on dream interpretation. But that expertise is precisely what makes her the linchpin in finding the meaning of a series of nightmares troubling people from far corners of the earth. If the global financial catastrophe foretold in the dreams is true, time to prepare is short.
With no choice, her role goes from investigator to participant in a mystifying, harrowing journey trying to discern truth and manage terror. Countless lives hang in the balance.
Mid-book I wondered if occasionally Elena did not take the threats she faced seriously enough. I also wished for a few sections to ramble a bit more. (Can you tell I was enjoying this read?) But when I finished, I realized that every word, nuance, detail works in service to the story–the totality of the craftsmanship not realized until the end.
Bunn has woven an intriguing story where stakes relentlessly mushroom until it reaches a perfect ending–finally allowing you to catch your breath. And he’s done what many authors don’t–written a tale both rich in its characters and riveting in its plot. Hidden in Dreams is a sequel to Book of Dreams. Bunn deftly weaves any required information from the first into the second, and each can be read independently.
I’ve been an avid reader of Davis Bunn’s books for over 15 years and read most of his 40+ books. Hidden in Dreams ranks near the top of the list of my favorites. He is, in my mind, a master craftsman in the contemporary fiction world.
My husband, Ed, also read Hidden in Dreams. It was a page-turner that he felt he lived rather than just read. While he had one unanswered question at the end, he thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Three-time Christy winner Bunn’s terrific follow-up to his series debut is a suspenseful page-turner with a touch of the paranormal and plenty of memorable characters and exciting action.
Once again, Davis Bunn has outdone himself. For readers of his first book in this series (Book of Dreams), be aware that Hidden in Dreams is doubly intense. Bunn is a master of “waste not, want not” mentality. Every page, every paragraph, every word is filled with meaning and tension.
Hidden In Dreams surprised me. I have long been a fan of Davis Bunn’s books so I wasn’t startled by characters so real you expect to see them on the nightly newscast or teaching a course at the local community college. Same can be said of the strong plot, believable relationships, and the deft inclusion of spiritual elements–readers of Davis’ books have come to expect no less.
Fact is that this book scared me more than I expected and certainly more than some of the darker and more macabre books I enjoy so much. Perhaps it was the realism of the housing crisis or the very real specter of unrestrained greed that kept my heart pounding long after the final page. As a Floridian, the underlying theme of rebuilding after the loss of your house, your job, your identity quite literally hit close to home.
They say that you need to really understand a subject before you can explain it easily and with a minimum of words. It’s obvious that Davis truly understands not only the corporate and financial backdrop to this book but also the emotional setting so well that the action never drags and the reader’s connection to the story never breached.
If you’ve read Book of Dreams, the first in this series, you will recognize several of the characters within Hidden In Dreams although quite a few of the twists and turns are related to people you assumed you knew well. If you haven’t read Book of Dreams, I have to admit to more than a little jealousy that you will have the chance to circle back and read it as well. It’s not necessary but then again, when is eating two desserts ever really necessary?
So Simply Sara
AMAZING! This book is soooooo good. I honestly got more than I had hoped for with this one!
I loved how Bunn intertwined the characters’ Christian faith with the scientific facts, economic issues, and notion of foretelling. These elements combined to create a very compelling, almost frightening, thought-provoking tale.
If I would not read another book this summer, I know that Hidden Dreams has provided me with far more than I ever get out of most summer reads. I am going to be telling everyone about his one.
This book will keep you immersed in the suspense, the unusual events and a dangerous but satisfying ending, including some romance.
Tammy’s Book Parlor
I liked Book of Dreams but Oh!My! Hidden in Dreams is an incredible read. So real! So true to life! And so pertinent to today’s headlines.
Christian Bookmobile, Sidney W. Frost
In Davis Bunn’s sequel to The Book of Dreams, Dr. Elena Burroughs has taken a teaching position with the Atlantic Christian University in Melbourne, Florida.
Rachel, the sister of Elena’s best friend Miriam who had died the previous summer asks for Elena’s help. Rachel’s company, SuenaMed in Orlando, is about to release a new ADHD medication for children and adults, and they are experiencing problems related to dreams. A number of those testing the medication are having the same dream about a disastrous worldwide economic downturn.
Elena talks to Reed Thompson, the president of the Atlantic Christian University, a former economic expert with connections in federal government. She also talks to Jacob Rawlings, an ardent critic of her dream theories, who has a patient who is having the dream, and who now believes Elena is correct about what she has said about foretelling dreams.
Elena has the dream. The same one the others had. Included is a strong urge to warn everyone about the pending economic downfall. Since the urge to warn people is so strong, they wonder if telling the public may stop the dreams. At the insistence of Rachel, and the support of Reed and Jacob, Elena becomes the spokesperson for the dreamers. Soon there are more dreams in which the situation worsens. Some banks begin to fail. There is a debate over whether or not the dreams could be messages from God, since, it is argued, only God can see into the future.
You will need to read the book to find out whether or not the dreams are spiritual. Luckily, that won’t take you long. This fast-paced book is designed to be read in one sitting.
Though this is a sequel with references to The Book of Dreams, it stands alone and is quite enjoyable without knowledge of the information in the first book.