Review: Dream Student by J.J. DiBenedetto

Good Tuesday morning to all of my followers. Today we're the first of J.J. DiBenedetto's Dream series. This isn't the first time J.J. has appeared on our blog, and we hope it isn't the last. His series is a delight, and I hope all of you read his books.

 J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then.
He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests.
The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.

Sara Barnes is a typical pre-med college student, until her dreams become far too real to deal with. One dream brings Brian Alderson into her life, and with the help of her roommate, they stumble onto a series of mysterious murders that have Sara caught up in the middle of them.
J.J. DiBendetto's tale of dreams being broadcast much like radio waves captures the reader from the very first page. Some of the experiences are extremely normal – the showing up naked for a major exam is something any college student can attest to dreaming about – but a singular theme comes from the nightmares, and DiBendetto plots out the situation with ease. The reader might constantly wonder why people aren't using Google Maps to find a location, or grabbing their cell phones to make instant calls, but this tale is set in 1989/1990, and the lack of those features adds a great element of suspense to the hunt for the college professor turned into a murdering man bent on revenge.
Dream Student is a fabulous suspense tale, one that deserves a look, and a dive into the next story in this series immediately. 

Tomorrow, you can find out more about J.J.'s delightful book at 556 Book Chicks! Thanks for stopping by today.    


James D said…
Thanks for hosting me, and for the wonderful review!

It's funny you mention google, cell phones, etc and the year the book is set - that's one of the big reasons I did that.

The other reason is that that's when I was in college, and "Crewe University" is more or less where I went to college, with the names changed slightly.
KC Sprayberry said…
I love it when people don't rely on technology to make things simple. That's what attracted me to this series.

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