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When Dreams Bleed by Robin Cain
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Mar 13, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in March, 2010

Complex describes the novel, When Dreams Bleed by Robin Cain. Complex characters with complex relationships are threaded through lies and deception. The plot weaves a gripping story where people and events are not what they seem on the surface.

The book tells the story of Frank Campelletti's messy relationships with two women, Sadie and Citra, and the sad consequences that arise from the choices all three make. Their secrets lead to mysteries, violence and tragedy.

The story that unfolds on the pages is self-assured, artful and well crafted, but the characterizations are the true prize of this book. The author has created some authentic people, full of flaws, lies and bad choices. There are bold plot choices that truly resonate emotionally.

I had some quibbles with minor plot threads left unaddressed or that end abruptly, but none of these issues formed any gaping holes in structure. Overall, the book flows smoothly, engages your interest and you are inescapably drawn into the lives of these characters and all their troubles. I can happily recommend this book.

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