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Phantom Dreams
     

Phantom Dreams

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by T. K. Harris
 
A scorned serial killer on an old vendetta.

An FBI agent who has been chasing monsters for too long.

A woman whose nightmares start invading her waking life.

FBI Special Agent Jack Matthews finds himself on yet another serial killer case, having barely recovered from the last disastrous hunt. Still stiff from a gun shot wound in his leg,

Overview

A scorned serial killer on an old vendetta.

An FBI agent who has been chasing monsters for too long.

A woman whose nightmares start invading her waking life.

FBI Special Agent Jack Matthews finds himself on yet another serial killer case, having barely recovered from the last disastrous hunt. Still stiff from a gun shot wound in his leg, under investigation for a botched job, and having lost his fiancee when she walked out on him, Jack is beginning to wonder if it isn't time to move on to something new. But, for Jack, these cases are personal and he can't say no.

Marketing specialist Kathy Gilliam leads a fairly boring life. If she's not working or caring for her ailing father, then she is doing whatever it takes to avoid going anywhere near crowds of people. Her few distractions include her friend Margo Longfellow, occasional hiking trips, and her increasingly alarming dreams of women dying.

As her nightmares cause her to begin to doubt her sanity, the media releases news of the "Coast-to-Coast Killer" and Kathy discovers her dreams may be related. In a moment of panic, Kathy does something that places her on the FBI's "persons of interest" list. Suddenly, her life is set on a collision course with Jack who must decide if Kathy is the killer or destined to become a victim.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Smart, suspenseful and disquietingly believable.
Smart, suspenseful and disquietingly believable.
Amazon - Liana Thompson
...an enjoyable read!

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015609592
Publisher:
Indie
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,123,328
File size:
865 KB

Meet the Author

T.K. Harris was born in California and lived a gypsy sort of life traveling the world as a military brat. She has been writing since she was a child and as had several short stories published by various magazines, including one in Woman's World. She currently lives and works in Colorado as a Senior Solutions Architect and IT Instructor and has recently had her first novel, Phantom Dreams, published. She is looking forward to her next book. You can find out more at:

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Phantom Dreams 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AuthorMomCC More than 1 year ago
Phantom Dreams by T. K. Harris begins in the mind of a serial killer, then the FBI agent tracking him, and finally the woman who dreams about the killings. Kathy Gilliam is a twenty-nine-year-old single, work-a-holic, with an ailing father. She lives alone and up until recently has nightmares she can't remember. However as the stress over her father's declining health and an important account looming at work begin to exhaust her, her nightmares become more frequent and more vivid. At the urging of her primary physician Kathy seeks the help of a psychiatrist who advises her to keep a notebook beside her bed to write down the dreams. Several sketches later, Kathy realizes that the faces from her dreams match those of murder victims of the Coast-to-Coast killer that are splashed across the news. Feeling that she is losing her mind, she tries to ignore it. But Kathy eventually finds herself at the local police station telling her story. However, instead of being of help Kathy may find herself a suspect, or the next victim. Kathy and Agent Matthews' characters are just ok for me. However, the serial killer's mind is entertaining in that he is completely insane. His conversations with the "other" person in his head are shocking. What I found interesting is that the reader doesn't know which of the two is the "real" person and which is just the voice in the head until the end. When I first started reading this, I thought it was a straight crime thriller. The beginning is quickly paced and brief. However, once we're introduced to Kathy the pace begins to slow. We learn about her day-to-day life, her past and worries and dreams. This goes on for several chapters and then we're thrust back into the serial killer's mind for a chapter. The next several chapters return to Kathy hanging out with her friend Margo or talking in detail about Kathy's job. A few chapters about Agent Matthews finding a body and his frustrations with the case follow this; and then we're back with Kathy for several more chapters. The combination of the two stories (Kathy's normal world and the hectic and dark world of the serial killer and the agent tracking him) didn't work well for me. I felt like I was reading two different stories even when Kathy becomes involved with the investigation. It wasn't until almost 30% through that I realized that it was supposed to be Kathy's story. However, I just couldn't shake the initial impression of crime thriller, so that Kathy's everyday life felt out of place. I felt that it was sidetracking the real story of the serial killer. As a writer, I would've like better transitions and a smoother fusing between the worlds. As a reader, it is overall an ok read. This is a mesh of a thriller, chick literature, and paranormal romance. There is suspense and mystery that's maybe stretched a tad too long by contrived situations, some predictability and stereotypes. Some of what Agent Matthews does didn't seem protocol but I'm only basing this on my years of watching Law and Order and not formal education about law enforcement. But it has a satisfying and dramatic ending. Although I would've liked a little more than I got regarding the reason for Kathy's dreams. Reviewed by Cherese Vines 3.5 Stars
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Sleep became a secondary objective once I began reading Phantom Dreams by T.K. Harris. This book is so well written, so deep and consistent, that even I was afraid of the nightmares. I just had to keep reading to resolve this mystery. I was close, but I did not predetermine the outcome. I did absolutely love the HEA. There seemed to be a spark of a love story in the way, way back ground of this book, but it took a back seat to the drama. Very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a gripping novel with characters who are relatable and the storyline is impeccably written. You are drawn in from the start. I loved the style of this book - being written from 3 different points of view. As you go along you start figuring out who did it...but it may not be as obvious as you think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago