Review: Waking Dreams by J.J. DiBenedetto

Welcome to today's post on Out of Control Characters. I'll be reviewing J.J. DiBenedetto's Waking Dreams – the fifth installment in his Dreams series.

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. 

Waking Dream Blurb:
“Oh, God!   We can hurt each other.  Whatever we do to each other in the dream, we’ll do it to ourselves for real…”

When her own dreams are visited by a mysterious woman in a red dress, Sara realizes she has something she never expected: a counterpart, someone outside her family who shares her talent to see other people’s dreams.

When the woman in red keeps showing up in other dreams as well, leaving ruined lives in her wake, Sara knows she has something she never imagined: a nemesis.

Now, Sara must track the woman in red down in the waking world, before she’s forced to fight for her life in her dreams…

“Waking Dream” is the exciting fifth novel in the “Dreams” series. 


Brian and Sara are back in this fifth installment of the Dreams series. Sara is now a successful pediatrician with a private practice, and Brian is working on a project as a contractor with the Air Force. Their kids, including  the adopted Grace, are all set for their new life in the house their family just bought. Sara's dreams return, and she's now trying to figure out a new mystery.
J.J. DiBenedetto's fifth book in this series is just as compelling and exciting as the first four. Brian and Sara try for a normal life, but her dreams, which warn of trouble, intrude on their new life, as does his job during Christmas, when things fall apart. At first, Sara has trouble deciphering this series of dreams, far more trouble than she's ever experienced before. Family problems keep her focus going in all directions, giving the Alderson's more of a problem resolving the problem. Sara is also faced with a very difficult decision regarding how she works within her dreams.
DiBenedetto plots this story well. The reader is never bored, even with the normalcy of the Alderson's lives. This is another page turner, from beginning to end, and a real delight as the Alderson's move from a low-tech world into the one all of us now take for granted. Yet, Sara and Brian don't rely on high-tech, giving this series what makes it so good – ingenuity and the ability of people to think through their problems. I highly recommend Waking Dreams for everyone who enjoys a good mystery!