Saturday, September 12, 2009

Day 279 - Once Upon a Nightmare

Once Upon a Nightmare
Lee Moylan




Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Release Date: October 2008


Pages: 280


My Rating: 3.75/5



Synopsis [from amazon.com]:

On the night of October thirteenth, the Hunter's Moon descended upon the quiet town of White Chapel. As Sara Bishop drifted off to sleep under its soft illumination, the full moon seemed to have brought with it something far more sinister than a warm glow. At once, the nightmare started. But this wasn't any ordinary nightmare… This one seemed real ─ as if she could smell it, feel it, taste it. It was one of those dreams ─ one that awakened her witch-like sense ─ a harbinger of heartbreak and now, horror.
Together with Rebecca Parker, the only other person who understood her gift, someone who had experienced her own strange senses, Sara hoped to come to terms with this ominous nightmare. But her closest friend and next door neighbor was no where to be found ─ not since the night of October thirteenth. And so it begins. With little help from her skeptical husband or local police, Sara finds herself virtually alone as her grisly dreams crawl from the darkness to become a sick and twisted reality ─ a reality where she has become the ultimate desire of a sadistic serial killer.

As images of death, phantoms and shadows surround Sara in this Halloween season, she needs to listen to the whispers in her mind, use her gift, to unmask those around her, for one of them is the man from her nightmare. And he sees her when she's sleeping… He knows when she's awake. When the next full moon descends upon White Chapel, he will reveal himself to her. And under its silvery glow, a new nightmare will be born. Will Sara Bishop have to experience death itself to stop this killer? Or will her nightmare never end?

Review:

Sara Bishop has a terrifying nightmare one night in October; the night of the Hunter’s Moon. This isn’t your typical nightmare either. This one seems far too real to Sara. It doesn’t just frighten her; it seems to wake up her “other” sense. A sense she’s had for as long as she can remember, it has always told her when things were a little off.

The next morning Sara hopes to talk to her best friend and neighbor, Rebecca Parker. Rebecca shares Sara’s gift and is the only one that truly understands what she’s going through. Maybe Rebecca had a similar experience… Maybe Sara’s gift is warning her of something. But Rebecca isn’t answering her door or her phone.

The entire weekend Sara worries about Rebecca and where she can be. Her senses tell her something is terribly wrong. But her husband tells her it’s nothing and Rebecca is surely safe. When Sara can’t take it anymore she marches over to the house. The scene that awaits Sara is bloody and horrific and marks the beginning of a serial killer’s rampage. Little does Sara know that this serial killer now has his eye on her.

I was warned that the book may be graphic and intense by Lee Moylan herself. With that in mind I found scenes that could be highly uncomfortable for some readers, but I thought they were brutally honest and set the tone very well for the book. I was definitely pulled in by the atmosphere of Lee’s writing and the characters she fleshed out. ONCE UPON A NIGHTMARE is a bloody mystery/thriller that I really enjoyed. I was guessing who the killer was the entire time and was still surprised at the end!

It’s easy to see Lee Moylan’s love for forensic science and passion for it in her writing. I think if you’re in search of an intense thriller, you should definitely pick this up. It’ll make you keep flipping through the pages until you find out who the killer is. Be wary if you don’t like gory scenes, otherwise go out and get a copy!

P.S. Stay tuned for a giveaway and interview tomorrow =)





20 comments:

Louise said...

Wow, that sounds like an amazing read. I usually love everything serialkillers if the book is well written. I'll have to look for this one.
Thanks for a great review.

J. Kaye said...

Great review! I felt exactly the same way...that's not why the review was great now. I just wanted to add that part. ;)

Mishel said...

@ Louise- If you really like serial killers I think you'll definitely enjoy this one!!

@ J.Kaye - Haha you totally make me laugh.

Donna [Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings] said...

This one sounds good especially when you include these words to describe - bloody, intense and graphic. I'll be looking into this one.

alitareads said...

Sounds like an intense book! I think I may skip this one, seeing as I even have a hard time watching CSI. Thanks for the heads up that this book isn't for the faint of heart, such as myself ;)

Cheryl said...

Nice review. I read this book a while ago.

Mishel. Go ahead and send me your mailing address for Dark Hunger and I will still include your info to the publisher to send out a copy.

Thanks

Ladytink_534 said...

I haven't read a good gory mystery in awhile...

donnas said...

Great review. Sounds like a great book that you cant put down

Bunny B said...

Great review! I'm sure the suspense will be killing me :P

Wanda said...

This looks like a suspenseful book that I wouldn't be able to put down until it was read.
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Brodie said...

Wow, this sounds like a brilliant read. I definitely need to get my hands on a copy! Psychic abilities + sadistic serial killer + edge of your seat thriller... I can't wait!

Park Avenue Princess said...

I'm reading this one now and I can't wait to write my review! Yours was wonderful! I can't wait to find out what happens!!

x0xx AMY (Park-Avenue Princess)

Jasmyn said...

This looks amazing and sound like it's right up my alley! I can't wait to read it.

Razlover's Book Blog said...

Wow this book sounds like a book I would love to read!

Great review and I love the cover! I enjoy books about serial killers that are well written.

Froggy said...

This book sounds amazing!! I really want to read it!! :)

BlackWolf said...

Wow, the book sounds great.
Thanks for a great review.i want to read it...

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

This sounds like an episode you might see on Forensic Files, which is 1 of my fave shows, so I'm gonna add this to my TBR =)

Aik said...

Sounds like an interesting read! I'll check this book out!

Ashley said...

Sounds like a great read, I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

cherdon said...

These are my daughters favorite kind of books..anything serial killers.

Thanks for this great review..going to have to check this one out.

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