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Killer Dreams

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  4,587 ratings  ·  199 reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Countdown returns with a knock-out suspense thriller that pits a mother and son against a killer who's the stuff of nightmares.

If you close your eyes, he’ll get you. Sophie Dunston knows all too well how dreams can kill. As one of the nation’s top sleep therapists, she specializes in the life-threatening night terrors that her te...more
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Published (first published 2006)
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I'm giving this book 3.5/5 stars. I haven't read a Iris Johansen books in year. She's a good writer. She knows how to write catchers.

She has pulled me in with that mind blowing prologue. The prologue introduce one word and that word is "What!"

This book is about a dream therapist name Sophie. She has a 10 year old son name Michael. He suffers from night terrors, because of something that happend 2 years earlier. See prologue! Michael wasn't the only one affected by something that happend two yea...more
Brenda
I'm a huge Iris Johansen fan and always devour her books! This book I found boring and predictable...like her heart wasn't into writing it and she was forced to put words down on paper just to satisfy her publisher. I hope this was just an aberration and not a sign of things to come.
Mark
Feb 26, 2008 Mark rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: People who like non-exciting books
Recommended to Mark by: Some girl at the book store raved about Iris Johansen
OK... I read about 150 pages in and gave up. Very lame book. Nothing happening in it and even when it should be exciting, it just isn't. It doesn't help that the whole idea of the book is ridiculous, but I do like Stephen King and he has written some good books from silly ideas.
Tina
The only thing I liked about this book was the prologue and just maybe a few of the first chapters. It seemed to go down hill from there. I skimmed through most of the book just to get to the end.
Ellenjsmellen
That's the second Iris Johansen book I read (the other was an Eve Duncan novel) and I think this might be my last.
joyce lynn
i must have checked the wrong book onto my list. i AM reading this one, i'm just not LISTENING to it!

anyway, this one definitely grabbed me!! w/in a few pages of the prologue, as much as i hate how it takes me down, i was ALMOST wishing my body would crash w/ a flare-up so that i could just lay in bed and read til this book was done!!!

i can't, but ...

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carried this blasted book around w/ me so that every time i had 2 inactive seconds,...more
Alysha Speer
Man, I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was superbly written. The action is so intensifying---really fast paced, like the DaVinci Code. The main character, Sophie, is a really neat person to me. She's reluctant to trust, but once she does, she puts her full faith in you. She suffers from guilt at the drop of a hat. And because of her help with the formula for REM-4, two evil men names Sanbourne and Boch are both out to kill her.
Her son has night terrors. Her husband is remarried, and then murdered. The polic...more
Sunni
I did the audio of this book and I will say the reader is great. But NOT the book. After a knock your socks off prologue it quickly dissolved into predictability and bad dialogue. The protagonist is annoying and naive, with dialogue that begins by parroting everything back to others and asking a lot of ridiculous "why" questions...you know the "why can't I go home?" or something like that, when being pursued by professional killers. She reminded me of a whiny kid.
Stu
Not much to say about this one. The Heroine was so obnoxious it was hard to even finish the book. If I had been the guys protecting her I think I would have left her at the side of the road and kept on going!
Madisyn Stufflebean
This book was a fantastic read. I usually don't read murder-mystery type books but from the very first chapter this book was interesting. Beginning with the main character, Sophie, she is a sleep therapist with a lot on her hands. From the beginning *spoiler* her own dad guns down his wife and tries to next go after Sophie and her son, then kills himself. Two men will help Sophie to uncover the answer as of to why her dad would do this. There is a lot of detailed, cruel deaths within the book as...more
Jennifer
I picked up the paperback version from the library because I like scary stories and the cover and blurb on the back seemed to promise that. (A woman and child running through what looks like a forest in the dark, and the font of the book title almost looking like it was written in blood, only black in color.) The prologue DID grab me. An event that I promise you won't see coming knocked the socks off me and I thought a great story was in store. Instead, the story didn't seem to match the cover a...more
Gina
One heck of a novel, as far as I'm concerned.

First, all the locations in the novel were great. I liked the diversity.

Royd's character didn't really surprise me in a novel like this, but I liked his mischievousness and sense of humour.

I liked Sophie. She may have felt responsible for what happened to Royd, Joch and the rest of the men, but you could tell she had a great head on her shoulders and a compassinate heart.

I felt something between Royd and Sophie right off, but it was more subtle.

Then t...more
Maria Cox
Blurb:
Sophie Dunston, is a lab doctor a chemist. Sophie’s son Michael suffers from night terrors brought on by a horrible incident that killed two people. Jock Gavin is a friend who’s helped both Sophie and Michael live with the night terrors. Matt Royd is a mercenary, ex SEAL hired to investigate a pharmaceutical company conducting dangerous experiments the company Sophie used to work for.

**Spoilers, sorry**

I’ll start off with saying that I’m disappointed with Killer Dreams after reading severa...more
Afsana
I enjoyed this book

Though there was certain formula parts of the book i.e the women in trouble, or needed to help and being forced to work/request help from a tough, ex seal and authorative guy and though at first they do not get along and resent each other they can't help but fall in love and want to be together

The idea of mind control and thus humans being used against their wills as weapons is a fascinating idea and so it made a good story

So the story is sophie duntston produces a medication...more
Deana M
The beginning of this book was a little slow going, but once I got in to it, I truly enjoyed it. Sophie Dunston witnessed and was a part of a horrific incident that would ultimately change the lives of her son, husband, mother and father, and herself. Sophie created a drug that would help people who suffered from night terrors and insomnia. The drug worked well, until her boss decided he needed to make the drug more potent so he could control the minds of his subjects. Sophie would not go along...more
Mary Nguyen
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Armando Dela Cruz
'Killer Dreams' is my first Iris Johansen, and I'm quite underwhelmed by her work. I've heard a lot of good things about Johansen so I literally pulled her off the shelf once I got the chance. But as it turns out, Johansen is those one-hit bestsellers who had one excellent novels and the rest of her works won't come even with it. In this, a mother of a boy with night terrors find herself entangled with the dangerous world of hitmen and agents on the quest to take revenge with the murderer of her...more
Sarah
"Killer Dreams" started out very swiftly and jolted me right to the edge of my seat. Sadly, it did not maintain this startling and suspenseful feeling for me. The premise was terrifying, and the creations of the main character were in fact deadly. However, I felt that I did not get a good look into the work the main character, Sophie, did, but rather followed her around as she struggled to protect herself and her son with the aid of some of her less lethal "creations". Overall the book was enter...more
Cogito_ergo_sum
2.5 stars.
Even though I liked it, but not enough to ever read/listen to it again.
I listened to this book on audio, and didn't read it. So, my perception will be different than usual due to:
-how well the narrator read the book
-whether I liked the narrator's voice
-speed. I read way faster than listening, and can speed read through boring bits. I couldn't do that while listening.

Okay, so now for my review. I liked how the characters had personality. The plot moved forward and was a bit out there t...more
Christy
Jan 23, 2008 Christy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a could suspense.
When it comes to mystery thrillers I love the work of Iris Johansen. She writes such fantastic thriller novels, I can hardly put them down when I get a new one. The character development is always impeccable and impressive considering most of her novels tends to have 4 or 5 strong characters.

Sophie Dunston is the main gal in "Killer Dreams". She is a strong, independent woman who is divorced and have a ten-year-old son who suffers from night terrors. His name is Michael and he has been sufferin...more
Pamela
Jan 10, 2014 Pamela rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: suspense fans
Recommended to Pamela by: no one
This book is graphic and rough. I almost marked it a 3-star because of how graphic it is. But Johansen always keeps you on the edge of your seat. Many of the characters can be found in her other books, but I do not believe her books to be a series.

This one is about the doctor who developed the drug used to brainwash the assassins. And the destruction of the men who financed and controlled the drug. Hmm... guess was a spoiler. Sorry. But I did not tell anything about how Dr.Sophia stays alive. S...more
Ajoque
3.5 stars for this one, a very interesting and entertaining suspense novel. Although you are made aware of the bad guys right from the start, Johansen keeps you wondering how they would eventually be taken down. I enjoyed the plot and thought she did a great job of creating an elaborate yet believable scheme. The chemistry between the characters were also very well written. Especially Sophie and Michael's mother/son relationship, she also did well in creating something more than just sexual tens...more
Cherry-Ann
This book was great. Fast paced..I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Not too many characters to make the story confusing, fun, sexy leads, and romantic scenes that leave a bit to your own imagination. Wonderful.

I was bit sceptical at first about wasting time with this book based on the poor reviews on Amazon but my gosh, what a turnabout. I loved this story unlike, unfortunately, Eve Duncan's stories by the same author. I'm always a bit perplexed though at author's rating of police forces - i...more
Sheri
Killer Dreams (Iris Johansen)
Suspense
Sophie Dunston is a researcher in sleep problems/sleep terrors etc. Her son also suffers from sleep apnea and terrors. She is trying to rid him of these terrors. But she has a secret past, a secret that could kill her.

Enter into her life is Matt Royd, unpredictable, ruthless and dangerous.
It seems he may be her only choice to stay alive, she must trust him it is her only change at survival. When her sons life is in danger, she moves forward with Royd to uncov...more
Susan Clark-cook
I like this author and usually become quickly engaged in her story and characters. This book was, for me, a small disappointment in that it read sluggishly and I didn't find it engaging me in the usual "what's up" that are in her books. I almost put it down without finishing it but then decided I must see if the ending would save the book or pique my interest in this book more than 3/4 of the way through did not.
I was not particularly happy with the ending or this book in general, and I don't co...more
Julaine
Typical Johansen. Hot, capable, sexy, expert killer-trained man protecting strong woman in a predicament. He wants sex - so does she - although they pretend to hate each other. But, of course, he loves her also so he controls himself until she decides to ask for it, because he knows she will. Even tough they are both pretending to use each other. He protects her and helps her carry out whatever mission/vendatta she has, because, of course, it is his mission/vendatta also. She doesn't trust him,...more
Mandy
Not my favorite Iris Johansen book. I don't understand why she can't have a stand alone book from the Eve Duncan series. To me the book would have been better without the mention of Eve Duncan and creating a reason to bring Jane and Joe into the story.
Wendy
I just love Iris Johansen books. This one in particular I could really relate to. I like the use of real people with real past baggage and not some virgin 20 something meets Prince Charming scenario. I like the scars, flaws and dynamics of these characters. I also like Johansen's use of characters in supporting roles within other books. I got to glimpse a reference to Eve, get a little back story on Jane, see how Joe can work his magic and got to meet a few new people along the way that I want t...more
Judy A
Iris Johansen has been writing thrillers since the 1980's and I've read quite a few of her books so the plot is somewhat familiar to me but overall she delivers a good suspense novel with twists and turns throughout. I liked the mix of politics and suspense. Also, Sophie's job as a top dream therapist add a lot of intrigue to the book. She escaped death the first time around and loses everything except for her son and he is what keeps her going. Sophie Dunston and Matt Royd romance was predictab...more
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Johansen began writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great success. She had seventeen consecutive New York Times b...more
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He looked at her, stunned. And then he suddenly exploded into laughter.
"God, you're a formidable woman"
"No, I'm not. I'm soft, remember?"
She slammed the door behind her.”
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