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Between the Dreaming and the Dead

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Jake Austin finds himself standing in the middle of a dirt road, looking at an old farmhouse with no memory of how he got there. It isn’t the first time he’s been somewhere and not remember how—but it is the first time he’s woken up alone.

Valley Draper has lived in the farmhouse for as long as she can remember. It might be haunted, but nothing comes without a price. When t
Published September 13th 2018
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Montzalee Wittmann
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A world questionably real or maybe something other!

Between the Dreaming and the Dead by Kelly Martin takes the reader on a trip to a house where the few occupants don't always see each other, they can feel those they can see, and sometimes they are not able to be seen at the same time when they are in the same room! Very intriguing paranormal story! Are some ghosts, are all ghosts, or is something else going on? Such an incredible story! Keeps the reader guessing!
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The queen of twists has done it again

Kelly Martin knows how to hook you and reel you in. This book has so many different twists you don't see coming. Can't wait to see what springs forth from Kelly's mind next
Lisa P
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captivating ghost story

Very twilight zone/ outer limits feel to this story. I liked how things pulled together - the oddities presented at the start of the story make sense the further you read.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wowww, I LOVED this book. So many twists and turns. If this would be a movie it would be a BIG blockbuster for sure. If you wright such books than you must be a very talented great author, great job Kelly Martin xx
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stayed up till 2 am to finish this book.

Simply said, I really liked it.

Could be because it was a wonderful book, or it could be the two glasses of wine I drank, since i am not a regular drinker.

Either way, it was good!
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow...just wow. What a roller coaster ride that was and when you finally think you figured it out the plot takes another turn. This is why I Love Kelly Martin. She is an absolute genius!
Pat Eroh
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely a fantastic read! I was gripped in the story immediately and could not put it down. With characters that I care about and a story that haunted me long after I finished reading, this story has so many twists that my head is still spinning. Awesome writing!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Heather Bane
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had me hooked from beginning to end. Full of twists and turns. The author is a great writer and did a wonderful job on the story. There’s suspenseful and creepy moments. I highly recommend reading.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jill M Atchison
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Book

Took a bit to get into the book. But when I did I didn’t want to put it down. Have read other books by the author and even though this was a bit different it still was a good read.
Scott Chapman
Mar 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Agonizingly slow.

This is only the second book in my life that I couldn't finish. I should have seen it coming when the author used the phrase "it had seen better days", to describe the house, the tree, the sofa with two pages!
This was an interesting story though a bit predictable. My complaint is the usual one, too many misspelled words, incorrect words, and grammar mistakes. What has happened to good editing? Spell check isn’t enough. Just because you spell a word correctly doesn’t necessarily mean is the right word.
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who knew that my granddaughter's pre-k teacher is actually an amazing author!

Loved the book. Loved the twists and turns. Loved that it kept me guessing almost to the very end. Just loved it! I'll definitely be buying more of Kelly Martin's books
I give this book 5 stars for the story and plot...imaginative and interesting, a departure from anything I've read before. That's what kept me from putting the book down. And the title is perfect. However, I give the writing itself 1 star. It was horrible. From the dialogue to the descriptions of characters' thoughts and actions to the sentence structure, the writing was immature (in fact, I once checked to see if this was a book intended for young people) and sloppy. What stands out is too many ...more
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced yet long-winded, If that even makes sense. It seemed to go in circles and not get anywhere even when halfway through the book.

Jake didn’t know where he was. All he knew is that he was at party and now he was on the floor of a dirt road during pouring rain. The only thing nearby was an old dilapidated house. He had no choice but to see if he could ask to use the phone. Although it didn’t seem like anyone lived there. It looked neglected and abandoned. But it wasn’t. A little old lady n
Rose Aitken
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just a really tangled mess

I have seen this idea used in other books but that’s the case with most books. This one is the simple case of illusions, dreams, memories all tangled up in a mess with s sweet ending. I liked it though I reckon this book is for an acquired taste and at least hardly any repeats and boring ‘he said’ ‘she said’ that a lot of authors seem to like.
Brian Enoch
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a new fan!

I found this book to be very interesting, kind of like an episode of the Twilight Zone! It pulled me in from the start and never let go! The writing felt real and I cared about the characters, great story with no unnecessary fluff which kept the pace throughout!
John Morris
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Twilight Zone?

This was an (amazing) ghost story with a difference. What was real and what wasn't? Were we dreaming or were we sharing someone else's dream? Are we alive or are we dead. Not until you get to the end of the story do the explanations begin. Really good!
Rhonda Huston-Black
👍 really, unexpected and totally believable. I'm glad I found it to read.

The story was unique, at least, I've never read anything like it. The whole concept is unique. I might have to read it again...
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Edge of your seat page turner! I had to read it all the way thru! Kelly Martin has a way of writing!! I read one of her series and then this book! I'm reading another immediately! Keep 'an coming Kelly!!
Tracy Halls
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this!

Really enjoyed reading this
Every page left me confused but wanting more, excellent story, defiantly new and very different, relatable characters and generally really good, loved it
Mary Gray
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super fun book! I LOVED not knowing what the heck was going on. One of the twists literally made me laugh out loud because it was so genius.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's as trippy as it
Always love Kelly's voice!
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
BETWEEN THE DREAMING AND THE DEAD is a well written amazing book. I loved it from beginning to end. Great job.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astounding story!

What a ride! This book kept me on my toes, for certain. I felt as though I was watching a play on a stage as the story built the theme. Awesome tale!
Debbie McDonald
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book would make a terrific horror movie. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat. Kelly Martin has a terrific imagination!
Richard Mendenhall
Kept my interest throughout.

I gave this book a four star rating because I thought it was very good. Not great, but very good. I actually fight out what was going on for the most part early on, and although I didn't have every detail I was pretty close. That being said, this one kept me reading nonstop. I liked the characters and the plot. I liked the circle. If there was one thing I didn't care for, it was how Jake managed to be in position for the final resolution. I just didn't buy that, but t
Sep 09, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Unlike most everyone else on GR who has reviewed Between The Dreaming and the Dead, I didn't enjoy this at all - I though it was written like a first novel, and seemed repetitive and boring. I skimmed the last quarter of the book cos I couldn't stand reading it page by page. I'm giving it two stars instead of one because I didn't hate it. ...more
Evelina Petitto
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost gave up reading half way through because the plot was so slow... but it picked up on the sefon half and actually loved the ending. So I'm glad I kept reading. However, please, please proofread a book before publishing it! So many grammar mistakes... it makes me cringe. ...more
Crystal Hickford
Mar 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I feel like I read a different book to the one that everyone is commenting on here... five stars? It was an interesting idea, but it was rather predictable, repetitive, and much more drawn out than it needed to be 🤷🏼‍♀️
dale jones
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was the first time I have read anything by Kelly Martin. I'm impressed. She comes at the story from a unique able that was really entertaining. The story was fast paced and concise. Will definitely look for more of her work.
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