Saturday 13 March 2010

Real Emotional Drama: A Review of When Dreams Bleed

 My Review of When Dreams Bleed by Robin Cain

Complex describes the novel, When Dreams Bleed by Robin Cain.  Complex characters with complex relationships are threaded through lies and deception.  The plot weaves a gripping story where people and events are not what they seem on the surface.

The book tells the story of Frank Campelletti's messy relationships with two women, Sadie and Citra, and the sad consequences that arise from the choices all three make.  Their secrets lead to mysteries, violence and tragedy.

“Realising she couldn’t hide the truth any longer, she confessed and told him the whole story.  She watched him pace back and forth in the living room as she got to the end where Billy had threatened her.”

The story that unfolds on the pages is self-assured, artful and well crafted, but the characterizations are the true prize of this book.  The author has created some authentic people, full of flaws, lies and bad choices.  There are bold plot choices that truly resonate emotionally.

“Sick with worry, wondering how far into the abyss he had slid, Sadie tried telling herself that it wasn’t her fault.  She knew she couldn’t have helped him, but she also knew she was kidding herself.  This was all her fault.”

I had some quibbles with minor plot threads left unaddressed or that end abruptly, but none of these issues formed any gaping holes in structure.  Overall, the book flows smoothly, engages your interest and you are inescapably drawn into the lives of these characters and all their troubles. 
I can happily recommend this book.

When Dreams Bleed is available on:
Barnes and Noble

1 comment:

Robin Cain said...

Thank you SO much for posting this! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed it. Darn good review writing! :-)

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