Thursday, October 8, 2009
Dreams of the Dead: The Waking Book 1
by Thomas Randall
Available September 29, 2009
Kara’s afraid to go to sleep—until the nightmares come when she’s awake . . . .Sixteen-year-old Kara Foster is an outsider in Japan, but is doing her best to fit at the private school where her father is teaching English for the year. Fortunately she’s befriended by Sakura, a fellow outsider struggling to make sense of her sister’s unsolved murder some months ago. No one seems to care about the beautiful girl who was so brutally murdered, and the other students go on as if nothing has happened. Unfortunately, the calm doesn’t last for long. Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon other students in the school turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something. Is Sakura getting back at those she thinks are responsible for her sister’s death? Or has her dead sister come back to take revenge for herself?
Right off I had visions of "The Grudge" when I first read the summary of this book...and I wasn't that far off. With a mix of murder, myth and an ancient Japanese evil, this book will have you reading with the lights on!
The book starts right off with the murder of Akane, a teen school girl in Japan...by who we don't know. When we first meet Kara she has just arrived in Japan with her teacher father, both of them still reeling from the death of her mother. They have each other and are ready to start a new life.
Kara is still trying to fit in to her new school and the Japanese culture when strange things start happening and soon after, the deaths of her classmates. With the help of some new friends and clues from the ancient art of Noh theater, Kara finds herself on a path to discovering an ancient evil that could change their lives forever.
A very good, creepy story that ends before the story feels like it's really over and that's because it isn't! Dreams of the Dead is the first book in trilogy. Due to some PG-13 violence, best suited for 7th grade and up!
For more info on the book and author visit www.ThomasRandall.net