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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Dreaming A Reality by Lisa M Cronkhite



Dreaming A Reality by Lisa M Cronkhite
Publisher: Eternal Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (103 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rated: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Katherine’s disturbing dreams of a strange girl have been haunting her for weeks. Waking up restless in the middle of the night, she looks at her e-mails and reads a concerned message from John, her ex-husband. Add to this a dangerous new contact from an online dating agency, an attempt to rekindle an old love affair and some shocking news regarding her mother and Katherine’s downward spiral into mental confusion is inevitable. Will she survive to come out the other side of her personal rollercoaster ride?

An eerie, dreamy aura sets the stage for Lisa M Cronkhite’s Dreaming a Reality.

Told in the first person, this powerful contemporary story has a distinct sense of immediacy. Everything happens in the now and, from moment to moment, we remain on pins and needles about exactly what will be next.

Katherine's life seems to be spiraling toward something. She has dreams that seem to warn of some approaching danger…if not to her, to someone, but it's hard to tell. Kat's family life is becoming unstable. We even doubt her own mind, and her interpretation of what is happening. However, her ability to handle everyday problems (like her teen son, or her pushy boss) convince us that she’s a capable, bright person.

However, some details of her life, from an online relationship to the uncomfortable work relationship are unsettling and, from the start, we wonder at how she copes with all she does. And, perhaps, why she copes with it as she does.

There is also a delicate sense of melancholy at the start. Some of it is caused by Kat’s introspection. The reflection on the past works so very well for many parts of this story: engaging, evocative, and enlightening. However, Cronkhite uses the same sort of voice to tell us boring details or round out characters; for example, the boss hitting on the main character comes out in the dialogue, so she doesn’t have to waste sentences telling us about it. This "telling" does weigh down an otherwise riveting tale.

The eerie sense of what is coming is present throughout, even as we see Kat pursue what we hope will be a romance, and as she starts to untangle the threads of confusion in her own mind.

Cronkhite’s powerful style and unique vision of a plot has given us a strangely hard-hitting and highly unpredictable tale that threatens a blend of genres- from paranormal and mystery to horror. It's well done though, and mostly riveting. If you are in the mood for something that will grab you, do read.


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