A Sleep So Dark by Inara Scott

A Sleep So Dark



After watching her mother die in a car accident, sixteen year-old Tandy McIntyre is plagued by violent dreams. Terrified to sleep and losing her grip on reality, she agrees to attend an experimental group retreat with Dr. Robert Gillman, an expert in lucid dreaming.


In the bitter cold of a Colorado winter, Tandy follows Dr. Gillman and his enigmatic son Cade as they lead a group of troubled teens into the wilderness. There, Dr. Gillman claims he will teach them to control their unconscious minds and master their dreams. But when the dreaming and the waking collide, will Tandy ever be safe again?

Don’t Fall Asleep…


A Sleep So Dark was not what I was expecting. I was looking for more of a horror feel with waking dreams and craziness, but that is not what I really got. These teens go to this sleep camp to help them with their nightmares. The camp is lead by creepy Dr. Gillman and his son Cade, whom Tandy has an instant crush on. The two of them seem to like each other, but Cade is very standoffish and tries to stay away.

The book starts off with everyone meeting up then going by horseback out to a secluded cabin. Along the way it starts to snow and by the time they get to the cabin everyone is cold and cranky. Everyone also is like we are all going to die!!! because of the snow which I found odd. Sure there is a lot of snow, but you have a heated cabin and food and everything so...it was just an odd reaction. Sure being cranky cause of the cold and snow I can see, but the end of the world this is the worst thing to ever happen ever kind of rantings just didn't make sense to me. Very strange.

So then the first night the doctor tries to get Tandy to take some drugs, which she is very against, then everyone goes to sleep to try and face their nightmares and learn to lucid dream so they can control them. Well things quickly deteriorate and I was surprised how fast people started being killed off and stuff. I kept waiting for the is this real or is this a dream stuff to come in, but it never really did. I mean they checked their watch, saw it worked correctly or not, then knew if they were dreaming or not. Stuff like that. So it wan't really an issue of are we awake of not.

Cade and Tandy draw closer and share more waking and dreaming. Cade has some secret dream powers and there are some things in Tandy's dream that need to be dealt with. Then more people get hurt or sick and things just keep getting worse kind of. I wish it would have been a bit more intense, and when I found out what was happening, who was doing it and why, and  how the doctor was involved based on what he was really doing, I admit I was disappointed. I was just like oh, okay...I mean sure there are people who would probably do something like this if they could, but it was a bit over the top in this story. Just...I didn't really like it. So then I was just eh on the whole thing. Really maybe it is the whole dreams to reality thing just...I don't know. It was not my favorite idea. The whole evil thing in your dreams, but when it was explained how it go there it was just too much for me. I didn't like the explanation so... It was an alright read, but it never really grabbed me and the suspenseful parts weren't that suspenseful for me.

Rating: ★ ★

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