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Waking Dream

(Dream #5)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  23 reviews
“Oh, God! We can hurt each other. Whatever we do to each other in the dream, we’ll do it to ourselves for real…”

When her own dreams are visited by a mysterious woman in a red dress, Sara realizes she has something she never expected: a counterpart, someone outside her family who shares her talent to see other people’s dreams.

When the woman in red keeps showing up in other
Published August 21st 2013 by J.J. DiBenedetto (first published August 20th 2013)
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Waking Dream is the fifth book in J.J. DiBenedetto’s Dream series. Set two years after the harrowing events of Dream Family, it portrays a pleasingly settled world where Sara and her husband move into their first real home, and their children continue to grow. Readers starting the series with this novel will find a cool blend of family drama, intriguing mystery, and a climax of rousing terror, while those familiar with the series will delight in seeing the characters (and children) grow. Sara is ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is highly addictive and does need to be read in order for complete understanding. We follow Sara on her journey from meeting her husband to having their first children. Sara has the ability to dream walk, which can sometimes be a nightmare. Each book entails a different dream by a different character. These stories are highly addictive, the only downside is they tend to jump a year or two in between. Definitely worth the read!
InD'tale Magazine
“Waking Dream” is a fantastic mix of paranormal dream walking, contemporary every day events, and suspense as Sara tracks down the woman in red while juggling a new house, kids at school, holidays, and her own practice.

Read full review in the 2014 April issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ooh nice twist, someone else has Sara's powers, dreams have just got a whole lot more interesting, especially as this other person seems to be targeting Brian's dreams. Completely obsessed with this series. ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Sara is constantly learning new things about her gift. This book was intense as you wait to see if she is going to figure out if she can figure out what is going on and save her family!
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fifth book in the Dream series by J.J. DiBenedetto. Mystery and drama combine for an entertaining read.
Lenore Sagaskie
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sara, Brian and their family which now includes Grace, newly adopted, move into their first home. Sara slips into a dream of Brian’s and sees a mysterious woman in a red dress and realizes that she there is someone else who can visit other people’s dreams. Sara find the dream woman intruding many of Brian’s dreams and also the dreams of Brian’s boss Adrian. She discovers that the woman may be extracting information from their dream
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have read the other books in this series, you know the whole background of Sara and her family. Sara has the talent of "walking" into people's dreams. In this fifth book, she and her husband Brian are now new homeowners with 4 kids and a dog and all of the stressors that go with all of their hectic schedules. What really throws them for a loop is when Sara is in one of Brian's dreams and finds another dream walker, a woman in a red dress with her own devious intentions. Sara decides to fi ...more
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

Waking Dream is the fifth book in the Dream Series. I listened to the first two books, Dream Student and Dream Doctor, and they were okay but I liked the third book, Dream Child, the most. The fourth book, Dream Family, was my least favorite of the series because Sara, the main character, was so pitiful rather than her usual strong self. Since I feel like I know Sara and her family by now, I was still looking forward to reading the nex
Mary Lou Hoffman
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received from: J.J. DiBenedetto (in exchange for an honest review)/ Blog Tour

“Waking Dream” is the exciting fifth novel in the “Dreams” series.
Dr. Sara Alderson is once again using her abilities to dream walk in order to solve a mystery that includes military espionage and seduction! She has also learned that injuries received in the dream world, will exist in the real world when she awakes. There is another dream-walker intent on
Julianne Redmon
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better and better!

This book had an entirely different element to Sara's gift. As usual, her dreams give her clues to a mystery she must solve. However this mystery is of great personal importance to not just herself, but Brian as well. There are a couple of added dimensions in this story that they discover together and take Sara's gift to a much deeper level.

The dreams are so vividly described in this one that I literally had chills reading them. Everything from
Perry Martin
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waking Dream is the fifth book in the Dream series. Sara is back with her husband Brian the kids and a new foe.
She also has a new narrator Pam Dougherty. Pam keeps the tone and pace of previous narrators. Her voice was close to other narrators so I easily heard Sara's voice in Pam's performance.
JJ DiBenedetto writes a story that can stand alone but also is part of bigger picture. So many authors retell previous books to catch a reader up and add chapters to the book, JJ does it gracefully and wi
Niki Driscoll
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Once again we jump farther into the lives of Sara, Brian and their children. Both of their careers are going well, their family is thriving and their love is just as strong as the first time they met. This is a gripping storyline with some unexpected twists and turns. Someone else can enter dreams and they are using that gift to do bad things. How do you stop someone when a dream is supposed to be a dream and if you are hurt in the dream does it happen in real life? There is a lot of soul search ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Sara dream hops into her husband Brian's dream, she sees the lady in the red dress disappear as soon as Sara notices her. Who is this woman and why is she in Brian's dream? Sara starts to see her more often, and it's not just in Brian's dreams. When information on Brian's project start to get leaked, will Sara and Brian find out who is doing it? If it's the lady in the red dress, what does she have to gain. The men on Brian's team claim that they haven't told anyone. But when Brian's boss d ...more
Sherri Malia
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Amazing Read in the Dream Series
After reading the first four books in the series & then this one, I’m feeling like I’m part of their family now. I’ve watched Sara & Brian grow from college, to married with children and owning their own home. And dealing with everyday stress that comes along with it. With this one, there is a little mystery thrown in. While Sara still enters others dreams, she now finds herself entering the dreams of Brian co-workers who are working on a high priority, to
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
I have had the honor of beta reading this whole series and all I can say is it just keeps getting better and better with each book. Change that...I can say a lot about this book and series!!

However, this book has mystery, romance, intrigue. It really pulls at your heart strings for sure. It keeps you guessing from start to finish. Just when you think you know what is going to happen next, it takes you down a whole other path which is awesome!

This is book 5 and is best if read in order because
Sara always assumed her special gift was something only her family experienced. However, when her dreams take her into Brian's work world, she discovers a lady in a red dress has the same gift. Unfortunately, this stranger is using her powers for harm, leaving a trail of pain. Sara must figure out who this woman is and how to stop her, before her family is hurt.

The author has created a unique and fascinating plot that keeps readers intrigued through each story. The page turning suspense of this
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book in the "Dreams" series.
We fast forward in this book, and find Sarah and Brian with a much larger family, a full house. Sara finds that she is no longer the only person who is walking into other peoples dreams. This is a BIG shock in itself, but it's much worse when she learns that this new dream walker, the lady in red, is not a good person and that what is happening in the dreams can be happening in real life.
Sara has to figure out who this woman is, what she wants, and l
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the concept of the story. What happens in your dreams can hurt you or someone else. It's a very interesting subject. This is the fifth book in the series, but you can catch up quite quickly if this is the only book you read. There was not a lot of action during the first part of the book, but still awesome story telling. Once it really heats up, it's hard to stop listening to it!

The narrator did an awesome job! It was very clear know who was talking, even when the young children spoke. Sh
These books continue to thrill me. Sara Alderson and her powerful, mysterious dreams keep me coming back for more each time.

This book has more than just Sara's family dreaming. There is a new, threatening dreamer. This is a threat not only to Sara and her family but to Brian's career.

I spent most of the book pondering with Sara about who this mysterious threat was. Not only did I not expect the ending, but the new abilities that Sara discovered with the dreams were completely fascinating.

I hope
Stephen Walton
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last in the 5 book box set the continuation of Sara's life is a good read. Both enjoyable and exciting the story line gets quite complicated in its finale. I like this writer because his books are easy reading and he doesn't have to rely on erotica or bad language to get his meanings across. I would advise anyone to read these books in sequence to get the best out of them and thoroughly recommend them for your reading shelf. ...more
Raquel Auriemma
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And the fun never ends! This is such a neat series. I highly recommend it.
Get my review from InD'Tale Magazine. ...more
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J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve university, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then.

He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera,

Other books in the series

Dream (10 books)
  • Dream Student (Dream, #1)
  • Dream Doctor (Dream, #2)
  • Dream Child (Dream, #3)
  • Dream Family (Dream, #4)
  • Dream Reunion (Dream, #6)
  • Dream Home (Dream, #7)
  • Dream Vacation (Dream, #8)
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