The Sandman is seventeen-year-old Nora’s closest friend and best-kept secret. He has to be, if she doesn’t want a one-way ticket back to the psychiatrist. It took her too long to learn not to mention the hooded figure in her dreams to her mother, who still watches Nora as if she’ll crack. So when Nora’s friends start mysteriously dying gruesome deaths in their sleep, she isn’t altogether surprised when the police direct their suspicion at her. The Sandman is the only one she can turn to for answers. But the truth might be more than she bargained for…
For the last five years, the Sandman has spent every night protecting Nora. When he hid the secret to the Nightmare Lord’s escape inside her dreams, he never expected to fall in love with her. Neither did he think his nemesis would find her so quickly, but there’s no mistaking his cruel handiwork. The Nightmare Lord is tired of playing by the rules and will do anything to release his deadly nightmares into the world, even if that means tormenting Nora until she breaks.
When the Nightmare Lord kidnaps Nora’s sister, Nora must enter enemy territory to save her. The Sandman is determined to help, but if Nora isn’t careful, she could lose even more than her family to the darkness.
(Please note: This story contains vivid death scenes.)
Misters Sandman, bring me a dream…
You know how the famous song by The Chordettes goes.
But in DREAM KEEPER, dreams can turn into something else to put it mildly. For Nora, meeting with the Sandman in her lucid dreams is great, until the Nightmare Lord enters the scene. Then her life spirals out of control, as her friends die unexpectedly and other creepy things happen. Yikes!
So, because of that, this novel isn’t for the faint of heart, not that it’s super-dark or anything. The beautiful prose takes us places: Vivid descriptions, deep thoughts, and very engaging. Imagination is through the roof with a unique dream world.
The story is told from two points of view: The sandman, and Nora. To be honest, at first I liked Nora’s better, then I switched to the sandman, until I realized I loved both voices!
Overall, an engaging novel with beautiful prose that takes to a unique dream world, among other things.
5 out 5 thumbs up!