by Jayne Ann Krentz

November 2004
ISBN: 0-339-1522-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Putnam

November has brought an early Christmas gift to the fans of Jayne Ann Krentz. Her newest book Falling Awake takes a reader on a journey that satisfies the parts of the brain that want more knowledge while not shortchanging the part that wants intrigue and romance.

The two main characters Isabel Wright and Ellis Cutler have known about each other for quite some time. Ellis has used Isabel as a dream analyst. He uses his dreams as a way of helping to solve crimes for an ultra secret government agency which uses a quite respectable company, Frey-Salter as a front for what really goes on within the agency. Isabel is a level five dream analyzer for the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research. She feels that she knows Ellis as well if not better than she knows any of the men she has personally dated. Their relationship is truly one that dreams are made of.

While Ellis knew exactly who was analyzing his dreams for him, Isabel knew nothing of EllisÖnot his name, sex, age, no personal details. He was an anonymous client, as was his boss, and one more man.

Life takes an unpleasant turn for Isabel when her boss at the center suddenly dies. Isabel runs to her family for a job after much thought on her part. Ellis is pushed into finding her and trying to recruit her for a job with Frey-Salter. The chemistry when the two meet face to face is intense and should please most readers. From here there are many different plot twists which involve murder, deception, and numerous other felony crimes.

Ms. Krentzís talent shows as she allows her characters to show their emotional sides as well as their professional ones. Her characters develop and embrace their strengths and weaknesses and use what they learn about themselves on their journey through the remainder of the story.

Falling Awake is a book to be read when the reader can devote a fair amount of time to his/her reading. Iím sure that you like me will learn a lot about the world of dream analysis. Now if only my dreams would come true, and the next book by Ms. Krentz would be on the shelf the next time Iím at the bookstore.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Sandi.

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