BLACK DREAMS by Kate Green


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 Green's (Night Angel, 1989, etc.) hardcover introduction to psychic Theresa Fortunato, whose listening/learning/fact-finding process shares more with psychoanalytic methods than New Age-ism. Here, she's attuned to young Tory DeLisi, who's been abducted from her hospital bed before tests can pinpoint why she's always so ill. Tory's divorced parents--the bitterly feuding Ellen and Joe--are sent to Theresa through a child-search organization; and while Theresa wrestles with their ``darkness,'' Lt. Oliver Jardin, of the LAPD (also from the paperback Shattered Moon, 1986), discovers that Theresa's ``images'' tie in with the murder of antiques-dealer Gerald Oslin. Another murder will be revealed, a family history of a bizarre psychological phenomenon (the ``Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy'') will come to light, and romantic stirrings will surface before Theresa, Tory, and her seriously crazed abductor meet up at the Orange County ferris wheel.... Suspenseful and insightful. In the hands of a less talented author, Theresa's ``gift'' would seem little more than a gimmick; here, it deepens characterization.

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 1993
ISBN: 0-06-017984-8
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1993