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Fear Dreams

(Detective Kerri Blasco #1)

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  780 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Liddy Barron, an artist, was injured in a hit-and-run accident that left her with recurring nightmares, partial amnesia, and an increasing obsession in the disappearance of a coed named Sasha Perry. Was Sasha murdered? Insecure and nervous, Liddy's turmoil grows as she begins seeing ghostly images. Her husband Paul tries to help but suspects it's just her imagination...whi ...more
Paperback, first edition, 218 pages
Published March 28th 2016 by RGS MEDIA
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
Well, that escalated quickly; what a breath taking ride that was! This is my first experience with Joyce’s work but certainly not my last. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I knew the book was fairly short, but the reviews were all high star ratings and I just couldn’t pass this one by. I’m pleased to report that it was as exciting and enjoyable a read as I had hoped. Unfortunately, I was so engrossed in this one that I forgot about collecting quotes along the way! This book came out to 218 pages ...more
Linda
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was provided a digital copy of Fear Dreams by J.A. Schneider for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity.

Watercolor visions.

Beads of color begin to travel and to intrude. Oh, so slowly at first, blending and separating hues into a paradigm of sensations for the eye. Elements of light and dark focus into corners best not ventured into. And yet, the mind knows no limits.

Liddy Barron is a talented book cover artist living in New York City. She's been sidelined because of an automobile acc
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Alan Cotterell
Not a bad start

Only 3 stars for this one. Would love to give more based on future books in the series, that I have read, but for me nothing much happened in first 80% of the book. All the excitement was in last 20-30 minutes.

Also as a first book in the series, there wasn't enough about the main character Kerri for me. She was almost an afterthought. As said earlier book 2 is very good, and book 4 is superb. I will be reading the 3rd one at some point, hopefully it is better than this one!
Brenda
Three months after the terrible hit and run accident which had left Liddy Barron on crutches and with severe amnesia, she continued with horrific nightmares. Her husband Paul was at his wit’s end trying to help her to heal – her physical injuries were gradually improving but it was the mental trauma which wouldn’t let her – them – be at peace.

Relaxing at a café on one of her first outings since the accident, Liddy idly sketched passers-by. She was a prolific artist and only needed a glance to d
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Mimi Marten
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
The title says it all. The lethal combination of dreams/nightmares and fear of realities. This psychological thriller is full of suspense, twists and turns. The author is very crafty and keeps you guessing all the way to the end.

The main protagonist, Liddy, is an artist recovering from physical and psychological traumas from a car accident. Her husband is very supportive, but works long hours, leaving Liddy alone for long periods of time. Liddy is struggling with memory loss, and despite all the
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Nicki
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fear Dreams is a intreguing mystery that hooks the reader in from the first sentence until the very differant surprising ending.

Liddy Barron a talented artist has recently been released from hospital after a hit and run accident in which she sustained damaged ribs,a broken leg and memory loss due to concussion.She is in a cafe with her best friend Beth when Liddy draws a sketch of a young girl that she insists has just walked past the cafe.When she shows the sketch to Beth her friend is sure tha
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Bandit
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, confession...I hate with passion the books that feel the need to describe what they are in the most clichéd ways. Is it really the most thrilling of all thrillers? Would I not be able to tell that from reading a description alone? Do I need to be sold that blandly and aggressively on a book? Anyway, outside of that and the fact that it's a series, this one got good enough reviews to pique my interest. Plus it was free. Huge bonus, much more inviting that those descriptors. And it turned out ...more
Angela DeSilva
I received this book today as a Goodreads giveaway prize! Awesome I love Goodreads. I enter for new books every day at midnight and check my email to see if I won anything at the same time. Its so much fun getting free new books in the mail!!!!
Alicia Huxtable
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good thriller

Just when I thought I had it all worked out....nope. Then the second time......nope. I was not expecting the actual killer at all. Great story that was well paced with enough twists and turns for a case of whiplash
Sarah
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Fear Dreams felt like a mixture of genres. For one I loved the ghostly aspect of it but it also felt like a story of mystery and suspense mixed with a psychological thriller with a crime series thrown in for good measure.

It certainly makes for some intriguing reading that starts off steady then picks up speed until before you know it, your hurtling towards the end.

Liddy is still recovering from a pretty horrific road accident. Physically she is on the mend but mentally she seems to be losing it.
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Linda Strong
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Liddy Barron is being stalked by a ghost.... or is she?

Liddy was severely injured in a hit and run accident that she doesn't remember. Even a few months afterwards she still has memory loss, night terrors, and the absolute knowledge that the ghost of a missing woman is trying to tell her something.

The biggest problem she has is that no one really believes her, Her husband, Paul, says it's related to the severe concussion she had.

When she goes to Detective Kerrie Blasco, lead investigator in the
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Uvi Poznansky
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Here is a thriller that leaves an impact, just like the previous books (in the Raney & Levine series) which I have read by this author. FEAR DREAMS grabs you by the guts and evokes strong reactions. Its main character is artist Liddy Barron, who is trying to separate nightmare and reality, after being injured in an accident that left gaps in her memory. She calls on her art to help her place into context not only the crime but her own role in it, as well as the roles of the other characters. ...more
Sophie Bristow Harris
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely thrilled when the author, J.A. Schneider contacted me to ask if I'd like to read and review her first standalone novel.
"Fear Dreams" is a psychological thriller with a dash of supernatural drama eased in.
For fans of her "Embryo" series - which is absolutely brilliant - you will recognise the police Kerri and Alex in this, it is great to get more background on them both.
"Fear Dreams" is a suspenseful read, I was kept glued to my iPhone and iPad for a few nights, some of the scene
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Miriam Smith
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbc
I was well into this book from the very first page, interesting and intriguing, the storyline had me guessing all the way through with a twist at the end I definitely didn't predict. It was ghostly and chilling at times. It is described as a "shocking psychological thriller" - I wouldn't quite describe it as that but it was a good thriller and well worth a read. The writing style takes a bit of getting used to but doesn't effect the story - I did really enjoy it and would recommend!

Thank you to
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Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
I couldn't get on with Fear Dreams if I'm honest. I figured the way it was going very early, and the supernatural element just didn't work for me at all. The writing is fine, and I can see how the plot was meant to be, but it just didn't do anything for me I'm afraid.
Won't be reviewing on the blog!
Karen B.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016, e-book
One of the best psychological thrillers I have read in the past year! I am a fan of Schneider's Embryo series but this book just stands above all of them. It is well written and enthralling. The only reason it took me so long to read was because of physical problems I had.
Liddy is a young artist who awakens with terrible nightmares; usually involving water, drowning and a young woman. Liddy is recovering from a hit and run accident three months earlier and has gaps in her memory regarding the a
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J C Steel
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fear Dreams opens in the aftermath of an accident, one that has left Liddy, a talented designer and artist, with a damaged memory and psychological trauma. Her husband, working a scientific breakthrough, is increasingly distant, stressed, and rarely available. When Liddy sees a news broadcast concerning a cold murder case, the face of the murder victim begins to show up in her dreams, in her sketches, and in the corner of her eye across the street. In conjunction with her post-accident trauma, L ...more
Mistress  #darklings
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well...Wow! What a truly breathtaking journey the reader is taken on in this brilliant, fast paced psychological thriller. Now, i say psychological thriller, but that doesn't quite do it the justice it deserves. Yes, it is that but it is actually so much more also. This story when reading it, has the feeling of touching on the paranormal genre as well. It cleverly encompasses both and does so successfully, all credit to the author here.
The story starts around an injured artist called Liddy. Lidd
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Melanie Lewis
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Fear Dreams is an enjoyable book, but I think calling it a "shocking psychological thriller" is being overly charitable. The story revolves around Liddy, who has lost her memory following an accident and her sightings of a missing girl. Now, I did enjoy reading it, but I knew what had happened by the third chapter. It was interesting to read to see how the author was going to make all the pieces of this jigsaw drop into place. This is done by suspending any form of reality and moving into the re ...more
Pat
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the author for sending me a free copy of this book to read.

Liddy Barron is an artist recovering from a nasty accident. She cannot remember the accident and what led up to it and is plagued by nightmares. Liddy takes her sketchpad with everywhere she goes. One day she is having coffee with a friend and draws a girl that walks past. Later it becomes apparent that the girl she had drawn has been missing for some months. Liddy then starts to see the girl everywhere. Is she slowly unravelli
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Janeandjerry
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FEAR DREAMS

This was a great book and turned out being not who I first thought it was but at least Liddy was able to help Sasha at the end...
M.A. Comley
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I’ve read anything by this talented author and it won’t be the last I can assure you.

This was a thriller that made you think and search for clues, and it kept this reader glued to her Kindle.

Painter, Liddy has recently had an accident which has a devastating affect on her life. She’s looking for an apartment in New York and this is where the plot becomes sinister. I’m not one for spoilers, you’ll have to read a copy to see what I mean.

Enter Detective Kerri Blasco and he
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Madelon
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes there are things in a book that connect to the reader on a personal level that actually have nothing to do with the story. Nevertheless, it creates this unintended intimacy between author and reader. This happened to me while reading FEAR DREAMS. When my daughter was an infant, I had a downstairs neighbor named Liz who also had a daughter a couple of months younger than mine. The girls grew up together, started walking and talking together. My daughter called my friend Lidz. One of the ...more
Linda Abbott
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fear Dreams is an intense and gripping psychological thriller. From the first pages, I could not put it down – to the point of doing an extra twenty minutes on my recumbent bike without even realizing it. Wow. There is never a lull in this fast-paced story.

The book opens with a nightmare that has haunted Liddy since she was hit by a drunk driver three months ago. Her physical and emotional recovery has been tough, but Liddy, an artist, is anxious to get back her life back. Her husband Paul and b
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Vanessa Wild
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book has many glowing reviews, but I'm afraid it didn't really grab me. I didn't like the writing style - I found it quite disjointed and jerky. Some of the sentences didn't seem finished, almost as if there were some words missing. The plot was very transparent. I'd had my suspicions about what really happened very early on, so I had to continue reading to see if they were correct. They were! It also very much reminded me of a film I watched a few years ago and this helped with my deductio ...more
Susan Angela Wallace
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fear Dreams By Joyce Schneider is a psychological thriller read.
A harrowing psychological thriller about a troubled artist, an intuitive detective, and a missing coed... Liddy Barron, a painter, was injured in a hit-and-run accident that left her with recurring nightmares, partial amnesia, and an increasing obsession in the disappearance of a coed named Sasha Perry.
An fantastic read with great characters in loved the story too. Kept me guessing who and why? Highly recommended. 5*. I voluntarily
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Tammy
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I struggled to connect with this book. I forced myself to finish since I have had a string of not so gripping books. This got a ton of great reviews so I was wondering what I was missing. It grabbed me for a short while at around 70% and lost me again at 90%. I did finish but this just wasn't my cup of tea I guess.
Paula
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liddy is injured in a hit-and-run accident and has amnesia for the time period surrounding the event. She plans to get back on track with her artwork and uses it to help her healing process. Her best friend, Beth, notices that one of Liddy's drawings has a striking resemblance to a missing girl named Sasha. But that's impossible because Liddy was drawing people who passed on the street...at least she thought she was. Plagued by nightmares and visions in mirrors and windows, Liddy starts to think ...more
Stephanie
3.5 stars.

This is for my paranormal mystery lovers. While this wasn't my favorite mash up you can't beat a free book from Amazon and it was pretty entertaining overall.
Sarah Greenwood
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A mystery or detective novel. This one is both and so much more. Take a ride on this suspenseful journey through the lost memories of Liddy.

The story starts a few months after Liddy’s accident – one that she can’t really remember how it happened. A drunk driver hit her after she ran out into traffic. Her husband Paul says they were both really drunk, had a fight and then she ran off. With having no memory of the event she has no reason
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