Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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Private investigator Trudi Coffey is held up at gunpoint by a young man demanding her help. The man goes by the name “Dream,” he’s suffering from acute anxiety and memory loss, and the Boston mob is hunting him down as the key to lead them to artwork once stolen in a historic heist in A Dream within a Dream by authors Mike Nappa and Melissa Kosci.
I knew going in that this is the third book in the Coffey & Hill series of investigation thrillers, and no, I didn’t read the two books before this one. But I don’t mind jumping into a series late and backtracking to the earlier books later if I enjoy the book I jumped in on.
This novel includes important backstory that helped me to get a feel for the two main characters, Trudi and her…friend, Samuel Hill. However, while the basis of the plot intrigued me, I found the read to be rather slow. Also, with so many vague and spotty moments surrounding Dream, I often felt like my intrigue didn’t have a satisfying place to land, and my interest waned.
A lot of the chapters end on cliffhangers, an effective contributing factor that kept me holding on through more than half the novel. However, not enough in between the cliffhangers sufficiently gripped me to hold on through the rest of the next half, so I decided not to continue.
The novel is well-written, and other readers unfamiliar with the series may enjoy it just fine. Still, I think this story may be much better for Coffey & Hill fans who already know Trudi and Samuel and may therefore already have a deeper interest in finding out what happens to the characters.