Monday, July 13, 2020

Review: A Dream Within A Dream by Mike Nappa and Melissa Kosci

To Purchase

He may be the key to solving one of the greatest unsolved art heists in history

Trudi Coffey hasn't seen Samuel Hill in weeks. Then the FBI shows up asking about him. After a strange encounter with an armed man demanding her help and an attack by a member of the Boston mob looking for someone named Dream, Trudi manages to find Samuel--or rather, he finds her. He's made some pretty powerful enemies, but right now his full attention is on protecting Dream from the mob. Because Dream has something they want--the map to the location of artwork stolen from the Gardner Museum during the infamous 1990 heist.

With danger closing in from all sides, Trudi and Samuel will have to call on all their allies to keep Dream safe and discover the identities of the people who have been hunting down Samuel. The real questions are, whom can they trust? And who will make it out of this alive?

My Thoughts:

I have waited years for this book to be finally released. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Once again, we are dropped into Trudi's life only this time Samuel is AWOL and seems to have gotten himself involved in more than he can conceivably handle. And given that this is Samuel Hill, that's quite a bit because he can handle a lot. We also get the addition of a new character: Dream. He's been in over his head for some time I'm afraid and it has given him a rather bad case of PTSD. I honestly just learned a lot from the little factoids he spouts off.

I spent most of the book turning pages unable to put it down as each chapter ended cruelly and horribly for the characters. Strung along with complicated relationship status, just wanting to know some resolution. With the relationships? With the plot? With just what the characters are thinking?

But nay. Resolution is a far-off dream in a far-off future. Or if you will. A dream within a dream.

It's just as fun as it is brutal, with snappy dialogue and quirky characters. I definitely recommend you pick this book up. But ah... if you haven't read Annabelle Lee yet, pick that up first.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

Reviewed by Nicki

About the Authors:

Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allen Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full-time. He is the author of Annabel Lee and The Raven.

Melissa Kosci is a fourth-degree black belt in and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo. In her day job as a commercial property manager, she secretly notes personal quirks and funny situations, ready to tweak them into colorful additions for her books. She and Corey, her husband of twenty years, live in Florida, where they do their best not to melt in the sun.

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