Book Synopsis: When seventeen-year-old Dulcee Elders' mother embarks on a road trip from their home in California, Dulcee knows something odd is about to happen. Her suspicions are confirmed when they arrive at Uncle Jack's house outside of Durango, Colorado. Without another word, Dulcee's mother is gone, and Dulcee faces life with her reclusive and wealthy uncle in a looming rural mansion. Dulcee has suffered from insomnia ever since her father died more than ten years ago. But once at home at Uncle Jack's, inexplicably Dulcee now can sleep; sleep brings not only strange and intricate dreams, but a dream lover. For now, Vincent Sands is only the silhouette of a man, but when Uncle Jack leaves town for business, Dulcee's dream world and reality collide. Once she is alone, the silhouette is no longer content to remain only in her dreams.The prologue alludes to a dark, gothic feel but the magical atmosphere which is so captivating in the beginning slowly pulls the reader into a world of madness.
When Dulcee arrives at Uncle Jacks it’s unreal. What's a girl not to love when she has her own indoor pool, library, greenhouse, bowling alley and a giant master bedroom? I mean the house itself is its own character and feels alive in the story, it breathes with its castle like charms, and with the backdrop of winter, roaming the house with Dulcee made me feel its intense isolation and it's vast loneliness which seeped off the pages. Its no wonder Dulcee felt a shifting madness within her, a few more pages of the meloncoly would have driven me to madness as well, but just when we think that we're falling into a madness vortex or that Dulcee is being stalked by a demon in the shadows of the house, in walks Vincent.
A dark and mysterious Vincent, who basically appears out of thin air or could be madness itself, begins romancing our naive Dulcee, he heals her heart, helps her sleep and has sexy blue eyes....or DEVIL eyes depending on how you interpret this ghost man.
As the romance intensified, I found it difficult to experience the relationship between them, because frankly Vincent thoroughly freaked me out. Vincent is seen largely in the dream world but he’s able to manifest into Dulcee’s reality. He comes off the page as a gentleman (not really) but underneath he is a dark predator. I was thinking the whole time “RUN” you stupid girl, but Alas, our victim falls for his charms hook, line and sinker.
And then everything stops....
Once we dive into the second part of the book we are introduced to Dr. Verell where the story gets even more mysterious. I was on the edge of my seat shifting between Dr. Verell and Dulcees perspectives. Once I thought I had it figured out something would throw me off, I just couldn't see if what was happening was real or everything was the tellings of a physco.
I was seriously guessing until the last page. I think my favorite aspect of the book was the fact that Vincent is as much of a mystery to us as he was to Dulcee, and Jayne keeps the reader wound tight with his identity.......until the very last words written on the page Vincent remained a conundrum to me. I had no clue, even with the hints the author gives, and for me it was a great reveal.
I loved crawling and spiraling into Dulcee’s madness. It was beautifully written and well throughout. Despite a few issues with unresolved background questions, I found the story entertaining and haunting words a page turner.
4.5/5 Dark Romance, Mental Illness,
Thanks to author for Review copy.
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