REVIEW. SWEET NIGHTMARES. BY ZIZI COLE

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Nightmares aren’t always figments of our imagination.

Alexandrea Cooper moves back to her hometown, Ravensville, after a ten-year absence.
She starts adjusting to life back home again, when her parents are brutally murdered.
There are no suspects and Alexandrea tries to cope with the grief of what has happened, when suddenly her sleep becomes plagued with nightmares of her parent’s killer.
She quickly realizes that there’s more to her world than she originally believed.
She’s reunited with her high school sweetheart, Jake, and the nightmares intensify. Attempts on Alexandrea’s life twist her life as she knows it.
In a race against time, can they stop the killer before it’s too late?

This is zizi’s debut novel and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely. The author takes you on a journey that to begin with reads like a physiological thriller. The lead character Lexi Is disturbed my dreams about her recently murdered parents. Feeling alone is the home town she left so many years ago, Lexi confides in the only person she can her cousin Mia.

The story progresses slowly at first easing the reader into the characters and the time line of the events It was great to have a few lead characters rather than just one. Their individual personalities really brought the story to life.  My interest really peaked when the fantasy element entered and became the dominant part of the story. I found the subject matter original, I haven’t read a book like this one before.  There is plenty of character development and back story; it’s not a long book but it is full of action, mystery and magic.

The love story element was a nice touch and I felt added to the adventure.  Jake, lexis love interest was a really interesting character with a past of his own and secrets that are forced into the open. it was great to have something more to him then just being the leads eye candy. It was a real pleasure uncovering his personal story. In fact, there are so many interesting links between the characters, it really gives the book a richness.

I understand that this is the first part in a series and that was reinforced in the epilogue. It is a really good read with plenty of detail and an original idea. I am really looking forward to the next one, this is a new author to watch.

4.5 stars

Amazon SweetNightmares

At the time of this review Sweet Nightmares was Available on kindle and kindle unlimited. Paperback to follow.

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