In Stroke of Fear, Denny Ryder has a horrible car accident. Years later, Denny is having dreams of a missing child. Throughout Denny’s life, her dreams come true. She works with Detective Ted Collins in piecing together these dreams of hers. Later, Denny in her dreams comes into contact with a serial killer, who figures into the case of the missing child. All of this affects Denny in a negative way, but she’s determined to use her gift for good.
There was a lot to like in this story. The writing in this story was professional and well-done. The narrative also moves at a quick pace. I enjoyed working through the quandaries that Denny faces in dealing with this gift she has, and ultimately physical toll she has to pay for it. The novella has a strong mystery component to it. Part of the mystery is what is really occurring to Denny in her dreams. Is she really with the killer or is this just a vision that she’s having? My only complaint was that I didn’t think the prologue was really necessary. Make sure to check out this novella.
Carl Alves - author of Blood Street