Review of FALLING AWAKE by Jayne Ann Krentz (see her website)
G. P. Putnam's Sons, November 2004
Dream researcher Isabel Wright has her perfect job--analyzing dreams made by lucid dreamers--until the death of her institute's founder throws her out of work. If that isn't bad enough, one of the dreamers contacts her and tells her that another dreamer has gone rogue, using his dream talents to stage a series of murders. Isabel has been waiting her entire life for her 'dream man' and she recognizes Ellis Cutler as that man, just as he recognizes her as the 'tango dancer' of his own lucid dreams. But could he have gone over the edge, as even his boss and best friend suspects? Because Ellis is convinced that a dead man is out to kill him.
Author Jayne Ann Krentz (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of novels by Krentz) combines romance and suspense to deliver an exciting thriller. The lucid dreaming concept adds interest to the story, providing a connection that allows Isabel and Ellis to connect very quickly as well as giving structure to the plot. Isabel in particular is an entertaining character, filled with quirks (she bought a houseful of expensive furniture for the dream house she doesn't own, for example), but with a good-natured goodness that makes us cheer for her successes.
I would have liked to see a bit more attention to the adventure and a trace of romantic conflict, but Krentz's writing is so compelling that you can almost overlook these. FALLING AWAKE is the kind of story that grabs you and keeps you reading.
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