Nightmares from Within by Jessica Prince
That’s the way I live my life. There is no other way.
If I let people in, the nightmares will consume me.
Loneliness is all I’ve ever known.
Until Jordan came into my life.
Now I have a choice to make. Embrace the nightmares within my own mind,
or risk losing the only man I’ve ever loved.
Can I let go of the fear I’ve kept bottled up my whole life in order to save him?
I’m just not sure.
I love the premise of this story! Some small spoilers ahead, though I will try to keep it vague. The main character, Taylor, is plagued by these nightmares, where she sees, and feels as if she is experiencing others’ deaths. Because of these nightmares and a sterile, unloving upbringing, she faces social anxiety, panic attacks, and is generally lonely. She learns that she needs to hone in and learn to understand these ‘nightmares’ in order to save herself and others.
All of a sudden, she meets a man named Jordan and he makes her feel comfortable and desired. This is great and all, but she admits she has never had a boyfriend and hasn’t even entertained the idea of a relationship at all, then boom, 24 hours after she has known him she is falling for him. Wait, what?? I don’t mind this plot line, but the fact that it literally happens over such a short amount of time is frustrating, especially when lots of the story focuses in on her social anxiety issues and her struggles to trust and open up to others. It is unrealistic and I think it discredits Taylor’s past self, basically telling her she needed a man to come and save her. I found this annoying, but if you like this trope, then this is right up your alley.
One other point that I think could have been improved upon is a more 3 dimensional supporting characters. I also wish got some more answers regarding Daniel’s (a supporting characters) past actions and why he could and could not do certain things.
Despite these couple of things, I did really enjoy the book. It sort of reminds me of the book “Through Violet Eyes” by Stephen Woodworth, so if you enjoy the whole murder mystery and paranormal cross, with a bit less in your face romance, I definitely recommend checking that one out.
“Nightmares from Within” is available on Kindle Unlimited. Overall, it was an enjoyable book, fairly quick paced, and kept you trying to figure out who the killer is.