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Life is But a Dream

(A Nursery Rhyme Suspense #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  30 reviews

Praise for Life is But a Dream: "Another great read!"
"It was so good, so intriguing that I practically devoured it!"
"It kept me turning pages."

When danger lurks in your sleep...

dreams aren't real
unless they are
when someone wants to watch you drown
you better pay attention

Sage and Marlow are reunited in this second book of A Nursery Rhyme Mystery series. When Sage's dreams m

Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published March 20th 2015 by La Plume Press
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Rachel Morgan
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lee Strauss kept my brain working as I attempted to figure out the mystery in this second Nursery Rhyme sci-fi suspense novel! Marlow and Sage are reunited, but an extra layer of complexity is added, because in THIS universe, Sage doesn't know Marlow. The chemistry's still there between these two characters, though, and they'll have to pair up if they have any hope of figuring out who's behind these mysterious dreams.
I like the fact that this series is made up of complete novels, yet I'm still l
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. Just when Marlow thought his life was going to get back to normal, weird dreams and suicides start happening. And come to find out, Sage is experiencing the same dreams. Will they be able to solve these strange deaths before more lives are at risk…including their own?

I absolutely loved book one of the Nursery Rhyme Suspense series. So when I was given the chance to read this one I was on pins and needles until I had a free moment to start it. This really is a
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After losing her room mate and best friend Teagan to a serial rapist and murderer earliers in the year, Sage is in a very dark place. She dreams of a canal where she "sees" other college students walk right into the water and die. The police think they are suicides, but Marlow, her friend is also having the same dreams. What can they mean? Why can't she stop these people from going to the canal? Will Sage join them or can Marlow help her get through this and find the answers to the killings? Or ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I am loving this series by Lee Strauss! With all the hype surrounding Fairy Tale retelling this is a breath of fresh air. I can't wait to see what happens next. I hoping for a romance between Marlow and Sage. After we find out why so many students are committing suicide by drowning. lol ...more
Jennie Lindstrom
I have read this book and listened to the audiobook, and I would absolutely recommend both. The Marlow and Sage mysteries keep you guessing as you try and figure out the mystery. This second book in the series continues the story between Marlow and Sage, except that in this world Sage doesn't know Marlow. This adds to the twists and turns and provides an interesting story line as Sage and Marlow are connected through the dreams they are both having. They have to navigate this connection, while t ...more
Anne Rightler
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Second in the Nursery Rhyme Suspense series by Lee Strauss, Life is But a Dream sends Sage and Marlow on another hunt for a killer. This time instead of a parallel worlds connection, the connection is their dreams. Can they figure it out before more students are dead? Good suspense and of course, a little romance to sweeten the pot! I listened to a library copy of the audiobook and the narrators, Reba Buhr and Roger Wayne, did a great job telling the characters' story, making for an enjoyable li ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first book in this series, I wondered what could possibly happen next. This book had the same characters and some of the things that happened in the first one were brought up throughout, but it was so different. I loved the first book and I loved this one too. Starting the third book now.
Kimberley  O’Malley
I didn’t read the first book, so not sure if I missed anything.
Found it jumped around a bit too much for me, but perhaps I was expecting something more along the lines of her Ginger Gold series that I absolutely feel in love with, but I’m going to read the first one and see if I warm up more to this series.
Candy Laine
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy something unexplained, a hint of paranormal, or maybe even alternate universes, you will enjoy this book. Sage is depressed. Marlow wants to help. She dreams of a time they were hunting for her best friend together, he knows that they lived through it in another reality. How will they keep her safe when everyone she dreams of drowning ends up dead!
Brian Jones
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another page turner

Lee Strauss has an unbelievable imagination. Couldn't stop reading and what a great villain with red herrings galore. The end just leaves me wanting more of Sage and Mars ( Marlowe) adventures
Eleanor Doherty
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was excellent. Type of read you can't put down. Unfortunately I have to sleep ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice story

This is obviously geared toward younger readers. I didn't notice that until after I got going but it was good other than he thankfully brief text conversations.
Jennifer Seamon
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. I like how they switch between marlow and sage . Makes for great storytelling .
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Good, not great. Love Marlow, Sage annoyed me at times. 3.5 stars really.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Still an entertaining series to walk to despite the YA aspect. Couple of plot points tease the next in series.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lee Strauss is got me hooked on her writing. Loving the Sage and Marlow series, started reading late last night and just finished this one. On to the 3rd book.
Teresa Collins
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I purchased the three box set but instead of doing a review on the box set I wanted to do an individual review for each book. As I said in Gingerbread Man, I stumbled upon this series thinking it was my normal murder mystery genrè and was very pleasantly surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, also. The writing is tight with appreciable twists and turns. Now that I'm used to the POV changing every chapter it is enjoyable. (It was a little confusing in Gingerbread Man until I got used to it.) ...more
Molly Smith
Initial Thoughts: I had forgotten how quickly I can burn through an audiobook. Life is But a Dream is another gripping and fascinating young adult mystery. I really enjoyed the continuation of Marlow and Sage's connection - and how it appears to be changing. It seems there are more than just the time jump quirk and I'm interested in seeing what happens next. There were a few twists in this one that I didn't see coming that were utterly surprising. I continue to enjoy the dual narration of Reba B ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Another pleasant read about Sage and Marlow. The storyline is clever, as always. My only complaint is that if you haven't read the books in order, there's not enough information to completely fill in the gaps. So.... read them in order and you'll love them! ...more
Shannon Rasche
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lee Strauss once again gives reader's a nail biting adventure with Marlow and Sage. The suspense is ramped up bit by bit, forcing you to turn the page. Strauss also masterfully weaves in intriguing psychological elements as well.

I absolutely adore Marlow, and I had to know what would happen to my favorite nerd as he deals with being in love with a girl he believes is out of his league. Of course things can't be simple for poor Marlow, and a string of deaths on campus bring he and Sage back toget
Montzalee Wittmann
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Life is But a Dream by Lee Strauss is another great thriller. This is the second book in the series but you don't have to read the first one to get caught up. Everything is explained to you so jump right in. You will want to read The Gingerbread Man, the first book, because it is an awesome book! This book has Marlow and Sage trying to find out why students from the campus are all walking into the water and dying. So many twists and turns and so many unexplained things, keeps you going to see ho ...more
Sally Hannoush
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Gingerbread Man- the first book in this series- and downloaded this one right away! I was so excited to keep on reading. Let me tell you- this one was even more mysterious than the last book, in a different way. Can humans really use more of their minds than we think? A drug induced drug is a perfect cover for planting ideas in someone elses head. This would make a lot more sense once you read this incredible story. It's worth the read and the last paragraph will have you ...more
Katharine Showman
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if your dreams start to come true? How will you save people for whom you have feelings? What if someone else is having similar dreams? Can you two work together to solve the mystery? Will you be successful? Marlow and Sage have to find out how to stop the "drownings." The real revelation will shock you. Lee Strauss gave me this book and later asked if I would review it. I wanted to be on the editorial team to be the first ones to read her next book. I had to read the first two ...more
Bonnie Dale Keck
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: strauss
Kindle Unlimited, but I received it free somewhere for the first 2 then went on to KU to get the A Nursery Rhyme Suspense - Books 1-3: A Marlow and Sage Mystery Thriller set which include Gingerbread Man then Picked up A Nursery Rhyme Suspense - Books 1-3: A Marlow and Sage Mystery Thriller set from KU so GingerBread Man, Life is But a Dream, Hickory Dictory Dock, and also Twinkle Little Star: A Marlow and Sage Mystery Thriller (A Nursery Rhyme Suspense Book 4) and read this one as well. I Spy w ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked it but not much than the first part. Sage knid of annoyed me or it just that she likes someone else other than Marlow. I mean I'm team Marlow so.. yeah I want her to like him. My guess was correct who it could be. I had my doubts from the beginning :D
Got to knowm more about what is actually happening but there are even more questions. Am excited for the third part.
Lori Mills
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book

I actually read the first book in this series, The Gingerbread Man, first because I downloaded it for free. It was on my tablet and could not do a review. However I really liked it because of the parallel universe. This one brings back Sage and Marlow for a wild ride. I will be reading the third book now.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This is the second installment of the "A Nursery Rhyme Suspense" series. It was so good, so intriguing that I practically devoured it! I love that there are different POVs and I love the blend of genres contained within.  
My rating was four stars. I would have given it five but I found too many errors, which is strange because nobody else has mentioned it.  
Kim Paulus
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book, a second in the series, kept me on my toes and up at night as I tried to figure out who done/or was doing it! The mystery was profound up until the last chapter! The third book in this series is gonna be great too! Can't wait to continue the journey with characters. ...more
Patricia Mccammon
Dec 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
I received this as a free book. This was the second one in the series. I think for someone that likes reading about parallel worlds, and multiple personalities, it is probably a good book. This is not my favorite type of reading however.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The second episode is very well written. I have my own suspicion of who the bad guy/gal is but I don't want to say right now. ...more
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