By Stacey Shannon, Written Creations, LLC
My entire life I’ve had vivid dreams. Sometimes I am active in my sleep as well. There have been some times when I’ve woken my husband up screaming at the top of my lungs or yelling for him to “Watch out!” When I’m pregnant, my dreams are even more vivid. Sometimes I wish for a night without dreams just so I can feel more rested when I wake up.
So when I got a chance to read the latest book by Davis Bunn, Hidden in Dreams, I was interested. I’ve read books by Bunn before. What I like is that he’s a Christian author without being super preachy. He uses modern settings. He writes books that are intriguing and thrilling. They keep me turning the pages time after time.
This latest book was no different. In fact, when I was near the end I had an evening I planned to read for 30 minutes before bed. However, I stayed up an hour later because I just had to finish the book. That’s the kind of book I like. I also had moments while reading the book that took me time to get back to reality because I was so into the fictional world Bunn created. I call that good writing — and I’m sort of picky about writing. I can’t turn off my inner editor.
Hidden in Dreams is actually a sequel to Book of Dreams. I was told you don’t have to have read the first book for the second one to make sense. I haven’t read the first book, and I can say that is true. I had no trouble understanding this book at all.
The story centers around Dr. Elena Burroughs, the world’s foremost expert on dream analysis. Bunn uses the current economic crisis and weaves a story of dreamers all around the globe have the same dream foretelling great global financial ruin. There are many twists and turns and controversies in the book.
Just when I thought it was headed in one direction, it took a turn to another direction. I like that. That keeps me reading. In fact, I don’t want to say much more to ruin the suspense of the book. (This is coming from someone who doesn’t read book jackets before reading a book because I want to be completely surprised by a book. Of course, this doesn’t always work out well!)
It was definitely a page-turner and well worth the read. It’s also a pretty quick read. With a nearly 3-year-old daughter, I don’t have as much time for reading as I used to and I think I finished this book within about a week. Pretty remarkable around here these days! I was left wanting more.
And it has left me continuing to think about my dreams. I’m not the only one. Just today in perusing Facebook before getting on task and getting my work done, I read two posts about dreams from others. Dreams are universal. I think we all wonder at some point what dreams me. I’ve kept a dream journal in the past. Sometimes that helps dreams make sense. I’ve had dreams over the last few weeks where I was sobbing because something happened to my husband. I realized this week it’s probably because we’re talking with our insurance agent right now about life insurance. My subconscious is dealing with those fears that are there whether I sit and dwell on them or not.
If I were to rate Hidden in Dreams, I’d give it a four out of five stars. I’m knocking one star off just because sometimes the challenges faced by the main character were just too many. However, I’m hoping there will be a third book in the series. I’d definitely pick it up!
What’s hidden in your dreams?
Stacey A. Shannon, M.A., is a freelance journalist who has had more than 800 articles in various local, regional, national and international publications. She blogs bi-weekly about motherhood and life at www.writtencreations.com/blog
*This review was originally published on Stacey’s blog. Reprinted with permission from the author.