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Killer Dreams

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  5,486 ratings  ·  224 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
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Bantam (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
Feb 26, 2008 Mark rated it 1 of 5 stars
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.
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
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 ...


carried this blasted book around w/ me so that every time i had 2 inactive seconds,
I'm a huge Iris Johansen fan and always devour her books! This book I found boring and 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.
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.
That's the second Iris Johansen book I read (the other was an Eve Duncan novel) and I think this might be my last.
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
In this powerful stand-alone thriller from Iris Johansen, this one would make you sleep with the lights on. Dr. Sophie Dunston is a sleep therapist who specialized in night terror--something her own ten-year-old Michael suffered from. She knew all about dreams that kill in the shape of nightmares. Someone was watching them, someone from her deepest fears who haven't forgotten about her. In a shocking world of violence, fate intervened to safe her life, while this monster wouldn't stop and try ag ...more
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
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
Dale Safford
If you want a snotty, self-centered main character, you have her here in Sophie. And the other main character, Royd, who I sure liked at first, became a nag about sex. The book synopsis builds the book up to be different than what the story was.

Sophie is a doctor who was once involved with work for Sanborne, but Sanborne became an evil researcher who wanted to manipulate people. Now Sophie is involved with other work, but Sanborn is after her in insidious ways to force her to come back to contin
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" 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.
The only thing I liked about this book was the kid, how awkward Royd was, and how loyal Jock was. They made my heart melt. Sophie, on the other hand... I think a male would have been better. And still have Royd love said male. I think that would have been epic. But, I am bias, so maybe not. It certainly would have gave another layer to this book, where everything else kinda... flopped. I will continue to read Iris Johansen's books, though. Give her another chance to "wow" me. She has done so bef ...more
I really felt like I was going through this kind of stuff just not as intense. This is freaky! I hope I never go through any of this. I usually don't like women authors because they aren't as graphic but this was really good!
Another author I really enjoy reading as I never feel cheated or let down. Suspense level is good and characters are well developed. Plot concept is different and added a nice layer of complexity and intrigue.
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
Donna Beard
Intense book! Loved the characters.
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
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
Maria Cox
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
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
Ashland Mystery Oregon
Complicated, suspenseful international intrigue - a big drug company wants to build supermen, but development is stalled. Some supermen regain their conscience, protecting the innocent researcher and her child, and others keep killing until killed. Quick weekend read, enjoying the sun in the midst of classic, dark and tragic Irish Johansen.

--Ashland Mystery

"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
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
i lilekd this. it was surprising to see joe quinn and jane mcquire popo in this book from the eve duncan series. a bad guy is trying to taint water to have mind control. sophie has to work with a previoslu brain washed man to catch the bad guy. she has a son michael who suffers from night terrors and she is trying to solve that. she is a scientist butt the bad guy wants her for her brain.
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Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her 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 su ...more
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