After a man has dreams from a killer’s perspective, he begins to suspect that the murders are real in Knight’s thriller.
Indiana native Toby Ryan has been seeing therapist Dr. Louis for nearly a decade, ever since his own dad’s death. The 22-year-old’s dreams are filled with images of up-close murder, as if he’s killing and cutting up victims himself. When Toby and his best friend, Brian, go dumpster diving for goodies from a closing drugstore, they find candy, pill bottles—and body parts. Toby is especially unnerved by this, as he dreamt of a man’s murder just two nights before, and he toys with the idea that maybe he committed this real crime. He doesn’t yet know that a murderous father-son duo has been killing people in the surrounding area for years. Dr. Niles, a Chicago psychologist, thinks there’s a telepathic bond between Toby and the murderer. Unfortunately, investigating Detective Lt. Haggs has his eye on Toby for the crimes—particularly when he discovers him in the vicinity of a later-discovered body. The killers, meanwhile, get dangerously close to Toby and the people he loves, including his mother, Sharon Ryan, and his girlfriend, a nurse named Ashley. Knight’s novel certainly has its share of unsettling moments and grotesque details (as when one of the killers breaks a victim’s limb off “like…a stubborn chicken leg”). There are also myriad references to the smell of death, as when the corpse-ridden dumpster’s odor lingers in Toby’s mouth and nose. Some readers may be disappointed by the story’s minimal focus on its supernatural elements, as it provides little more than hints of Toby’s dreams and potential paranormal abilities, but it excels throughout as a crime story. That said, a stronger edit might have remedied numerous grammatical errors, including inaccurate plurals (“superhero’s”; “detective’s”).
A solid murder mystery with touches of the paranormal, despite some unpolished prose.