Author: Aaron Patterson
Series: Mark Appleton Thriller #1
Published by: StoneHouse Ink
Publication Date: November 30, 2008
Mark Appleton is living the American Dream. Beautiful wife, loving daughter, and a high paying job in New York City. But when his family are killed in a accident he must reinvent himself. A year later in the midst of putting his life back together, Mark finds out that his family was killed and it was...No accident. Mark will stop at nothing to hunt down the men responsible for the death of his family and what he finds will change his life forever.
Kirk Weston is a Detroit detective. He hates his job, his ex-wife, and his life. He is hand selected to help the FBI on a high profile case and just when he thinks things could not get any worse...
Bravo, Mr. Patterson. Bra-vo. I pride myself on being able to predict a storyline early on in a book, and now I have to admit that you got me. I was so not expecting what went on in Sweet Dreams. Wait, let me rephrase that… I thought I knew what to expect, but I was so wrong. To tell the truth, it was nice going on that crazy, loopy ride. I haven’t read many good adult mystery/suspense books in awhile, and Sweet Dreams was a very nice change-up.
Mark Appleton is a very likeable and sympathetic character. He has a great career, a beautiful wife he’s in love with, and an adorable young daughter – life is good. Then something happens that totally rocks his world, and I don’t mean in a good way. I don’t want to really say too much, because I don’t want to give anything away… but Mark is a badass. I think I went through every emotion with this guy – up, down, up, down… it’s like riding a rollercoaster with a big loopty loop. And then there is Kirk, a detective with the Detroit PD. I still don’t know if I like him or not. I usually like the brash, smartass, just-don’t-give-a-beep type characters, but I would go from laughing to wanting to punch him. That was just his personality, though, and the fact that he was so determined and keep pushing for the truth, does bump him up in my eyes.
The story is told from alternating POVs, but it’s done well and doesn’t interfere with the flow. It’s actually pretty cool how Patterson wrote the two parallel story lines. I wondered how they were connected, trying to figure out what was going to bring them together. I mean, it was obvious what things were connecting them, but the exact “how” was a bit elusive until they crashed together. I’m also happy with how it ended. There wasn’t an annoying, completely open cliffhanger. It actually had an ending, but just the right amount of opening for the story to continue.
I really, really liked Sweet Dreams, and look forward to reading Dream On, the second book in the series. If you’re looking for a fast, crazy ride, try this book.