Dead Sleep

Fiction - Supernatural
126 Pages
Reviewed on 06/04/2016
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Dead Sleep is a romantic paranormal fantasy novel written by T. Lynne Tolles. Declan Porter had it all, except for the one true love he seemed unable to find. He did have a best friend, Casey, who secretly wished they were more than that, but would never ever admit it to him. Casey was not so sure about his latest plan to mountain bike the Appalachian Mountain Trail on his own. She figured something awful would happen to him out there and tried to persuade him to at least have some companions along, but Declan was adamant about his adventure plans. The first day on the trail went just fine, aside from a face-plant along the way, but, on the second day, he hit a snag. He was making good time and pumping hard when he hit loose gravel. His elbow and forearm took the brunt of the sliding fall, but his bike ended up with a flat tire and a bent wheel. Then, as he was attempting to repair his bike, the ground beneath him gave way, and he fell into a cave. When he came to, a lovely woman in an old-fashioned dress was standing over him and smiling. Her name was Kat, and she seemed other-worldly and strangely unfamiliar with the modern day world.

T. Lynne Tolles' romantic paranormal fantasy, Dead Sleep, is an enjoyable and thought-provoking tale about love, loyalty and self-sacrifice. It begins with a look at the world the mysterious Kat originally came from: her stately manor home in the suburbs of Philadelphia in the mid-nineteenth century and her marriage to a young doctor. I enjoyed seeing the juxtaposition of past and present, and found the author's method for conveying her historical characters into the future to be clever and original. For me, the real star of the story is the resourceful and curious Casey, rather than her best friend and love object, Declan. She’s strong, independent and fearless. This is a well-written and fast-paced story that makes the reader unable to resist reading further to get to the mystery behind Kat's appearance in the cave. It's recommended reading.

Lorena Sanqui

Dr. Benjamin Adams will do anything to save the life of his beloved wife, including heeding the advice of a witch and hiding her wife for the next 150 years or so. Declan is a thrill seeking fellow who is so adventurous he sometimes takes his safety for granted. Good thing he has Casey, his best friend, who is always there to remind him and keep him grounded. His latest trip landed him in a cave with a beautiful woman who can’t remember her past. She only knows that her name is Kat. Declan took Kat under his wing until they know more about her. The two got close and suddenly mysterious men are appearing in their home. Casey is suspicious of this new person in Declan’s life, so she sets out to do a little investigation. Her discoveries show that their pasts and presents are colliding in Dead Sleep by T. Lynne Tolles.

Dead Sleep is an exciting, thrilling read with a romantic twist and intriguing characters. Amazing storytelling and a unique plot by T. Lynne Tolles will keep readers riveted. Declan’s character was hilarious at times and Casey was a lovable person. Kat, on the other hand, was an untrustworthy character. I liked Casey and Charlotte, who both looked like supporting characters, but were the strongest and most credible ones. I like the twist where the real villain was revealed and true feelings were exposed; it all kept the story exciting. The book, overall, was a nice, sweet, romantic and suspenseful read.

Rosie Malezer

Dead Sleep is a fiction novel written by T. Lynne Tolles. The year is 1853 and, as Dr Benjamin Adams rushes home on hearing the news that his new bride, Catherine, had been taken deathly ill, none of his medical training could have prepared him for the truth – Catherine was a witch. She had fallen ill after mistakenly ingesting one of her own toxic potions. The other witches refused to heal her, indicating that dark magick is forbidden and that all magick should only be used for good; Catherine had broken the laws of the sacred Wiccan Rede and was now reaping what she had sown. Fast forward to the year 2016 where Declan Porter is a boy who loves extreme sports. After cycling into a remote area, he falls into a sinkhole and finds himself trapped with a beautiful and mysterious woman who has no memory of how she had arrived there. The only thing she knows is that her name is Kat.

I was quickly lured in by the Pagan aspects of this paranormal thriller, which has captured the laws of witchcraft so beautifully. Dead Sleep is an incredible story of a doctor who discovers that his wife has been struck down by her own dark magick, with his grief not only sending him insane, but causing him to attempt an unjust retribution. Casey and Declan are the best of friends; I found myself shaking my head many times at Declan being so blind to Casey’s true feelings. In a masterfully written book, T. Lynne Tolles has blended two different eras into one, with so much intricate detail that I could easily picture myself standing there, watching in real time as each event unfolded. Ever mind the rule of three; what goes out, thrice comes back to thee. Good magick, dark magick, jealousy, lust and greed are the ingredients of this epic novel, which I recommend to mature readers who enjoy their paranormal tales with a touch of romance.