This novel is a bit outside of what I usually read. It’s pretty much strictly suspense … so if you like intense cop shows, this might be a read you’d be interested in.
As always, here’s the back cover, followed by my review for Dream Within a Dream.
He may be the key to solving one of the greatest unsolved art heists in history
Trudi Coffey hasn’t seen Samuel Hill in weeks. Then the FBI shows up asking about him. After a strange encounter with an armed man demanding her help and an attack by a member of the Boston mob looking for someone named Dream, Trudi manages to find Samuel–or rather, he finds her. He’s made some pretty powerful enemies, but right now his full attention is on protecting Dream from the mob. Because Dream has something they want–the map to the location of artwork stolen from the Gardner Museum during the infamous 1990 heist.
With danger closing in from all sides, Trudi and Samuel will have to call on all their allies to keep Dream safe and discover the identities of the people who have been hunting down Samuel. The real questions are, whom can they trust? And who will make it out of this alive?
There’s a lot of really fun elements in this book. A thick, layered, story line for starters. But as a stand alone, well … it probably stand better with it’s first 2 books. This is the third Coffey and Hill novel and I felt a bit cheated for the first bit … since I hadn’t read the first two books. So I recommend you start with book 1. Your welcome.
This book is for the cop show fans out there. Yes, there was some faith elements, but not a whole lot. I personally like a bit more faith-wise in the books I read.
The action scenes were great, it’s no surprise that one of the co-authors (Mellissa Kosci) holds a black belt, and that came through loud and clear. Loved that.
Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill are formerly married, now divorced, and their story made me sad. I found that a bit odd for a Christian Fiction novel. Trudi is a detective, Samuel ex-CIA. My favorite character in the book was Eula, Trudi’s assistant … and I’m still waiting for Trudi to purchase her a birthday present or fess up that she never did buy one for her in … Boston, I believe it was.
As for Dream, the only POV in which we switch to first person, at first I didn’t know what to think. But sure enough, over time, I grew to like this character and cheer him on. The character development that went into Dream was so well done.
I’ve read other reviews on this book about the ending not being what they expected. Some reviewers were pretty upset.
But, honestly, I have a feeling the ending to A Dream Within a Dream is not quite what it seemed. There was a lot of possible forshadowing happening and if there’s a reason to book up book 4 (should their be one), it would be to prove my theory true.
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you my hunch without spoiling the book for you.
I’d give this novel a 4 out of 5.
About the Authors
Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at PopFam.com, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide, including Annabel Lee and The Raven. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike now writes full-time.
Melissa Kosci is a fourth-degree black belt in and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo. In her day job as a commercial property manager, she secretly notes personal quirks and funny situations, ready to tweak them into colorful additions for her books.
Note: I received a copy of this book complimentary from the publisher for my honest review.