Ten years ago, Kensei Tucker escaped from the Nightmare . . .a serial killer who kidnaped and preyed on college aged women . . . using torture to coerce them into killing themselves for his pleasure. When homicide detective Henry Sloane emptied his clip into the Nightmare’s chest, Kensei thought she was free to live her life.
Kensei moved to Hawkins Landing. She loves small town life and even got a job working as a private investigator at Henry Sloane’s agency. She is successful and happy and leads a normal life, considering her past. Things quickly change, however, when Nightmare, seems to rise from the dead to kidnap 5 more college girls.
Mac Jacobs is an NYPD police officer working in intelligence with his partner Will. When he finds out that his sister is one of the Nightmare’s new victims, he seeks out Kensei hoping that she can provide a clue as to who Nightmare is and how to find him before it is too late for Emily and the 4 other women he has kidnapped.
Their working relationship soon becomes much more as Mac sees Kensei for the woman she is . . . tough, feisty, caring and very able to take care of herself. Their physical and emotional attraction builds as the case becomes more and more intense.
As bodies start appearing, both Mac and Kensei know that time is quickly running out. Will they be able to find out who the nightmare really is before Mac’s sister is killed or will the Nightmare finally get what he was after ten years ago . . . Kensei Tucker?
This was the first book I have read by TJ Spade, and it blew me away. The plot is extremely intense and the Nightmare is wonderfully creepy, insane and sadistic, as any good serial killer should be. His methods are also unique which added a lot of character to both Kensei and Emily, as we discover just what they both had to endure.
Mac and Will as partners are a phenomenal crime solving duo and have great rapport. I also enjoyed watching Kensei’s rapport with her private investigative partner Henry, as the two have a unique bond do to events ten years ago.
I though the author also did a great job of developing Kensei and Mac’s relationship . . . while it does seem to happen fast, it fits with the intensity of the book’s actions . . . and I enjoyed them both trying to deal with their own feelings while dealing with the Nightmare.
While I had guesses as to who the Nightmare was (that changed throughout the book), it took the author revealing the truth for those guesses to be both tossed out and validated . . . keeping me enthralled until the last minute.
Sweet Dreams really has it all! It’s a great crime drama with a seriously creepy serial killer, a sassy and intelligent heroine, great characters and more! If you don’t mind feeling like you need to sleep with the lights on, this is a 5 star read!
About the Book:
Kensei Tucker is a survivor. Ten years ago, she and four other college students were abducted and tortured by a serial killer who went by the name ‘Nightmare’. Kensei was the only survivor of this terrifying ordeal – saved by a grizzled homicide detective named Henry Sloane.
Fast forward and Kensei has moved on with her life. She’s made a home in the sleepy seaside town of Hawkins Landing, where she works as a private investigator at Henry’s agency, and life is good … until her phone rings.
It seems that Nightmare is back and has abducted five new girls. This should be impossible because Nightmare is dead … almost a decade ago, Henry Sloane emptied an entire clip into his chest.
Mac Jacobs works in Intelligence with the NYPD, and his sister, Emily, is one of Nightmare’s new victims. Benched from the case, Mac can think of only one way to find Emily, and this leads him straight to the door of Nightmare’s only survivor.
Will Kensei and Mac outwit an insane killer before it’s too late?
Or will Nightmare finally get what he’s always dreamed of … Kensei Tucker?
About the Author:
T.J. Spade has two fascinations: Indiana Jones and the macabre. After trying to be Indy for a while and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeological Practice, T.J is now satisfying interest number two by plotting murder … on paper only of course.