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Falling Awake by Jayne Ann Krentz
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Sep 19, 2010

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Falling Awake unfolded very much like a dream: disorienting and confusing at first, but in stages gave way to a more alert and intriguing story. The result was a plausible and intelligent plot even though it alludes to a bit of the supernatural.

The story centers around lucid Level Five dreamers, who are extreme dreamers with the ability to shift, alter and to an extent control their dreams. For Isabel Wright, all this means for her is a job. A Level Five dreamer herself, she is a dream analyst at a dream research centre. There isn't much demand for her work but she has two dedicated clients who give her enough work. In fact she secretly considers Client Two her dream man. For Frey-Salter, a secret government agency that solves crimes using dreams, Level Five dreamers are their agents. One of those agents happens to be Ellis Cutler, who is also Isabel's Client Two and secret dream man. While she analyzes his dreams, he can't help but find her intriguing and interesting and dubs her as Tango Dancer.

When Isabel's boss and head of the research center dies from a heart attack, everything changes. She is fired and needing to figure things out. She also needs to figure Ellis out who she soon meets and learns is her Client Two/dream man. She soon discover there is more to the dreams she has been analyzing and that there is a killer on the loose. Someone has something to hide and seems intent to keep her and Ellis from finding the truth.

A slow and disorienting start but once characters and plot develops the suspense is a good one with twists. Every time I think I have the plot figured out, I find out there's more to the story. Ellis and Isabel have their own love story that developed well and ended well.

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