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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Inevitable Dreaming is a suspenseful and thoughtful work of mystery fiction by author Dave Dröge. A quick read at only 140 pages, the plot is deceptively complex as we follow the tragic life events of Waldemar van Splunteren, a forensic psychologist. As Waldemar’s wife and daughter die in an accident, his work life also falls apart, enough to make any grown man suffer a total mental breakdown and effectively go into hiding from the world. But Miriam, a friend of the couple, steps in to honor her dead friend and save Waldemar from his own tragedy. In a speculative twist, Miriam recommends a virtual reality therapy that unlocks Waldemar’s mind, leading him back through the mysterious events surrounding the death of his family.
Having just read a much larger story by author Dave Dröge, this exploration of the psyche in a condensed form was much easier and snappier to digest, and may be a good starting point for readers wanting to sample this author. I really enjoyed Waldemar’s character and found him a sympathetic hero figure compared to those in most works of mystery and crime fiction. His struggle is real and his emotional and psychological journey felt totally appropriate to the utter grief he’s going through, which was very well crafted and emotive to read. Miriam and her role as facilitator in the plot brought about some really interesting questions about the nature of reality, and overall I think Inevitable Dreaming will be a surprising and speculative read for both drama and science fiction fans.