A small-town librarian witnesses a murder at his local deli, and what had been routine sleep paralysis begins to transform into something far more disturbing. The trauma of holding a dying girl in his arms drives him out of his own body. The town he knows so well is suddenly revealed to him from a whole new perspective. Secrets are everywhere and demons fester behind closed doors.
Worst of all, he discovers a serial killer who has been preying on the area for over a century, one capable of traveling with him through his dreams. – Goodreads
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in return for an honest review.
This is a perfectly fine story. The plot, while a little slow, is interesting and it has a tight ending. There isn’t much to the characters, but it is enough for the story which is more plot focused than anything else. My main reason for giving this book three stars is that, while there is nothing objectively wrong with the book, it was difficult to feel like you were actually engaged with anything that was happening. There isn’t much depth to the characters and for much of the book the reader is “watching” the character(s) watching something happen to someone else, so it was easy to feel detached from what was taking place.
When the action did pick up in the last third of the story it was good and there were some genuinely creepy things that happened, especially the last line of the book. I probably would not re-read this, but I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another by Jeffrey Ford.