Dream Doctor

Dream Doctor

by J.J. DiBenedetto

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BN ID: 2940044391864
Publisher: J.J. DiBenedetto
Publication date: 03/18/2013
Series: Dream Doctor Mysteries , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 543,054
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve university, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests. The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.

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Dream Doctor 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite Sara is getting married and starting med school; her husband Brian is going to finish his last year of undergraduate study. What she really doesn't need is to be seeing other people's dreams, but that is just what happens to Sara every now and again. Dream Doctor follows Sara and a small group of friends through their first year of med school. At the same time Sara is having dreams, lots of dreams of someone murdering their professor. Actually it's not someone, it's lots of someone's and she can't figure out who is just dreaming about killing him and who is actually trying to kill him. J.J. DiBenedetto writes a humorous and quirky mystery as the clumsy med student tries to deal with not only the dreams about the professor, but the dreams of the neighbor next door and a few other close friends. Dream Doctor is what I would call one of the new generation of cozy mystery stories. It is a light, humorous and energetic take on the mystery idea all wrapped in the theme of the doctor, or med school in this case. Sara is a little hard to like at times. Sometimes she comes off bold and strong and other times she is mousy and unsure of herself. I find I like her much better when she is confident and secure. Sara occasionally sees other people's dreams and sometimes that is fine, but sometimes she needs to do something about what she sees. J.J. DiBenedetto writes a unique concept in this regard because it's not every person she meets and it's not every night - there seems to be no rhyme or reason why Sara sees the dreams she sees. This is a good book for a light-hearted, easy read. If you like the cozy mystery sub-genre, you will like this book.
Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
Sara is trying to balance being a newlywed and being in med school. As if this wasn’t difficult enough, her nightmares are back. It is up to Sara and Brian to figure who exactly wants to kill one of her teachers, which won’t be easy, seeing as how everyone hates him. Plus, each of Sara’s dreams reveal another possible suspect. But Sara’s dreams take on a more personal role, when one of her friend’s Mom receives a terminal diagnosis. Will Sara be able to handle everything: help her friend, save her teacher’s life, balance medical school and find time to spend with her husband? J.J. DiBenedetto continues his unique suspense series in Dream Doctor. In this second installment, the emotions are turned up a notch and readers will find them choking back tears on several occasions. This book follows the same style as the first, with tons of detail but no graphic scenes. The pace is a bit slower this time around, but there are many twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Readers will be instantly picking up the next book in the series, in order to continue the journey with Sara and Brian. This was another wonderful book in the Dream series. This book definitely had more emotions than suspense, but it was still a great read. I am highly anticipating the next book. Notes: The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. This review was originally posted on Ariesgrl Book Reviews.
Alliesopinions More than 1 year ago
I actually liked this book better than I did the first. Which is definitely not the norm for a series. The writing was still just as good as the first book. The pacing was perfect. It really felt like this book moved a bit faster than the first. Probably because a lot of the character explainations were already established from the first book. There was less exploration of her “Psychic powers” and I think that helped to keep the story moving. As a reader, one of my favorite things about a series is how the books following the first usually flow better. I’ve already established who the characters are. I already know in some ways what to expect and instead of being dropped into a new world with new rules, I am already familiar with the premise. I really enjoyed seeing through the eyes of a medical student. DiBenedetto did a fantasic job of describing the fears and emotions that come along with such a demanding college major. I was drawn into Sara’s thoughts and feelings much more than I was with the first book. I also really enjoyed how multi-faceted this story was. Sara still has to plan for her future with her husband while balancing college and her gift. Bringing that into the story really helped to make the whole book more realistic and relatable. To see my full review, check out my blog https://alliesopinions.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/book-review-for-dream-doctor-by-j-j-dibenedetto/
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Dreams, we all have them, but what if you could see other people’s dreams? What if one of the least liked professors were the object of murder in several people’s dreams and you knew it was going to happen? J.J. DiBenedetto continues the story of Sara, the young woman who sees others’ dreams and knows they may come true. Dream Doctor is a quick read, full of suspense, a touch of humor and some pretty realistic insights into the life of a young married med student with a special gift. Sara and Brian are now man and wife/woman and husband, living in married housing at college and there aren’t enough hours in the day as it is, but when Sara knows one of her instructors is in danger, she must find the proof and prevent a murder. That isn’t all that is on her plate when good friends need her support and new acquaintances need help of their own. Together Brian and Sara make a true team, actually, I’m sure Brian has angel’s wings. In the race against time, Sara worries she may be too late, heck, she may not have the right dream killer, follow her journey from the dissecting table to the hospital as she boldly goes where her dreams lead her. Refreshing, plain and simple to pick up a New Adult book filled with more mystery than heat as J.J. DiBenedetto weaves a tale of deceit, envy and the quest for power, one dream at a time. Wonderful characters, great dialogue and a pretty raw look at the life of a med student and those around her, Dream Doctor is a wonderful addition to the series.
KaylaSue1 More than 1 year ago
A TERRIFIC SERIES !!!!! TAKE A TRIP THOUGH THIS WONDERFUL MYSTERY ....YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS. I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR AN HONEST OPINION AND THIS IS MY HONEST OPINION This is the 2nd of the series, about a year and a half later. Sara and Brian are newlyweds, he is taking extra classes to graduate 6mos. early, and Sara is in her first month of medical school. Though each book could be a stand alone, I think it is better understanding to read them all and in order. Like when she starts having dreams ,again you would know she has visionary dreams. She had them in the first book (won't say what happen or how it was dealt with or stopped) just that she realized as she came out of it that it had happen again. She was seeing in other peoples dreams and (not just one persons this time) more then one person was having similar dreams. They all wanted the same thing, to the same person, they wanted the Dr. dead. She knew that 1 or more would try something to kill or cause him to die but worse she hated him too. James wants us to work out the story so he lets us see things from more than one point of view. We see the everyday life of Sara and the other main characters. James keeps description of classes ,from dissection to analysis of symptoms, to lectures and investigation as close to real as he can. Sara family continues to be enjoyable , humors and authentic. Sara has too not only be a student ,young new wife , now she knows she needs to be a detective to work out of all the dreams who might mean to really hurt the professor. It makes you wonder how does Sara stay sane with everything that is going in her life. It really becomes a different mystery, because in #1 Sara was a student and though she is a student, she is older and married, an adult. I LOVED THE BOOK , there is so much right that telling you what is wrong is easier and that is mostly that other characters like Brian are not fully developed. He should be more than just devoted to Sara,(though ok in #1needs more as the series goes on) he does have a life too.I WILL BE GOING ON TO #3, #4 and so on till the end. They are well worth reading and #2 was even better then #1, I sure hope that continues. OH !! HAVE A BOX OF TISSUE HANDY, THERE ARE SOME PLACES YOU WILL NEED ONE.
AvidReader2015 More than 1 year ago
The story opens with what should have been a crowning moment for Sara: walking to the podium to receive her degree. “She finds it harder with each step, until her ankle gives way and she tumbles to the floor, her cap falling off her head and rolling right under the stage.” This moment endears her to us, and makes her hesitation amidst all the chores and the confusing calls of life very accessible. The last thing Sara wants is her gift of penetrating the minds of others. “Sara is surprised, but only for an instant; then it becomes clear to her what’s going on. This has happened before; this is not her dream at all. She don’t cry, or scream; she simply closes her eyes and pleads — already knowing she will not be answered — “Please, God, not again!” I love the fact that from one book in the series to another, Sara is undergoing a change, both in the development of her professional career and in her personal life. At the beginning of this book, she starts out thinking about her upcoming wedding to Brian. “I’m not even nervous about the wedding itself. It’s pretty much all out of my hands anyway. It wasn’t as though I could do much planning while I was finishing up my last semester…” and by the end, she has just relayed the results of her pregnancy test to Brian. “He kisses me, and holds me even tighter. His cheeks are wet — he’s crying.” These events delineate the phase in her life, and the position of the book in the Dream series.  As in the first book, Dream Student, the narration alternates between two points of view: Sara's voice (in first person) and the description of her dream sequences (in third person, and in italicized font.) These are out-of-body experiences, and we get to witness them not through Sara's voice but through the author's all-seeing eyes. James DiBenedetto presents us with a riddle for us to solve, and allows us to see his lovely Sara from outside, as well as inside her skin. Five Stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, it was the perfect continuation for the first one. We have some old characters, Sara and Brian of course, Beth for a little while, I wish there was more about her, Janet, Bob and some others from old Sara's dorm. She is medical school now and struggling with real life, but of course she has to solve not one but two very important life-treating psych-detective cases. I loved how the characters grew up from the first book, even Bob! They are mature and know what they want for their future. The only thing I didn't like was that every time Sara wakes up shes confused and thinks that she is really seeing or hearing something and then the "Oh, it was dream" comes to her head, the first few times was ok, but then it becomes a bit annoying to read the same every single time she wakes up. I can't wait to read Dream Child, I am so excited! There is no doubt it will be an amazing story with a lovely psych-detective toddler.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ahh the books keep getting better and better!!!! I literally could not put it down.
prismseven More than 1 year ago
I received this story in exchange for an honest review. This book is the second book in the series. The story starts out shortly after the first on ends. The main character continues to have visionary dreams of bad occurrences that she finds herself in the middle of dangerous situations. Good thing about book two is that the MC has a devoted partner to help her out of danger and there is a happy ending.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Second in the Dream series of mysteries, Dream Doctor follows former premed student Sarah as she marries her college friend and enters medical school. Details of married dorm life and medical school create an enjoyably convincing background, while Sarah and Brian share the sort of honest love that can only grow as life throws problems at them. Sarah’s continuing ability to share other people’s dreams is only one of those problems. While I might struggle to believe a student could do so much and still cope with medical school in real life, it doesn’t detract at all from the story. I thoroughly enjoy the author’s depiction of classes, from dissection to analysis of symptoms, to lectures and investigation. Sarah’s relationships within her family continue to be enjoyably real and off-beat, told with authentic and pleasing humor. And she remains a pillar of strength to her new neighbors. Meanwhile, one of Sarah's professors is ill, and half the department might be wishing him dead, which gives plenty of scope for Sarah’s dreams to both lead and mislead. Convincing medical details, enjoyable humor and great characters combine to make this another pleasingly different mystery, where the character’s search for the best response is as intriguing as the mystery she’s solving. Authentic student lifestyle, genuine emotion, and a quick fun mystery---I'm definitely looking forward to more of this series. Disclosure: I won this book after being given a later one in the series by the author. I do recommend readers read these stories in order.
Allthingsbook-ReviewRL More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Well written and Worth reading
CatDipity More than 1 year ago
Dream Doctor picks up right where Dream Student left off, with Sara having finally recovered, and starting med school, and being a new bride! Lots going on with Sara in this book, and the dreams have started up again. Only this time, the dreams are more of a mystery as she struggles to find out who is threatening her professor. So much is going on in this book, I don't know how Sara manages to stay sane, but she does, and with a bit of humor and a surprising outcome!