This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Courtney Parker, Narrator. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Sweet Nightmares by Zizi Cole
Narrator: Courtney Parker
Series: The Damned Series #1
Genres: Contemporary, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Publisher: Bella Tulip Publishing
Source: Courtney Parker, Narrator
Length: 6 Hrs, 6 Mins
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble ◊ Book Depository ◊ Audible
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?
Nightmares aren’t always figments of our imagination.
Sweet Nightmares grabbed my attention from the start. The horror elements in this book were tightly twined with suspense and a little romance too. I was immediately horrified by the story unfolding as well as chilled to the bone trying to figure out why it had happened. I immediately had a sense of foreboding that had me immediately engaged with this story.
Alexandrea Cooper’s family was brutally murdered and somehow Alexandrea, aka Lexi, was intimately aware of how the murders took place even though she was asleep at the time. Unable to deal with what Lexi thought to be the truth had her shutting down and shutting out everyone who wanted to help. It was bad enough that she was carrying around guilt but Lexi was also being plagued by nightmares so horrific it made me a bit squeamish to listen to.
At the end of her rope, Lexi finally confides in her cousin Mia about what has been happening and what Lexi believes to be true. Thank God Mia has an idea of what has been occurring and she helped Lexi to see the truth of the matter. The truth though did not set Lexi free as she was still plagued by the nightmares but in reality, they were not actually nightmares. Lexi was experiencing dream jumping, Freddy Kruger style, by a twisted and sick psycho who wanted Lexi all for himself. This stalker entered Lexi’s dreams and manipulated them using the blackest of magic.
As the nightmares intensified, Lexi was guided by a paranormal spirit to help her learn more about her mother’s past and her heritage in order to combat the evil that had entered her life. With the help of her cousin and her high school sweetheart, Lexi was able to put the pieces together and figure out what she needed to do to end this living nightmare. Lexi was plunged into a race against the clock that pushed her to the ends of her limits and beyond.
All I can say about this story was wow! I listened to the audio version of Sweet Nightmares and the narrator, Courtney Parker, was amazing! I felt that the characters, voices, and inflections with which she spoke were very realistic and I was so drawn into the story that I became unaware that it was being narrated. It felt as if I was listening to actual people discussing the story. The combination of the storyline and the Narrator made this an amazing experience for me.
The only thing that did not work for me in this story was that I felt that the story was happening to young adults not adults closer to their thirties. The mannerisms, how the characters reacted and handled situations, were closer to what I would expect from much younger adults. Overall, Sweet Nightmares was a nightmarish tale that definitely had my creep factor on high! I highly recommend this story to readers who were fans of Nightmare on Elm Street, this story will resonate with you!
*Thank you to Narrator Courtney Parker for this Audiobook of Sweet Nightmares*