New horror from Rhiannon Frater: in the dead spots, dreams become reality, terror knows your name, and nightmares can kill
The stillbirth of Mackenzie's son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life's dangers.
Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer...and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life—but most are besieged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly.
Mackenzie's mother and husband haunt her, driving her to the brink of madness. Then she hears a child call for help and her maternal instincts kick into overdrive. Grant, Mac's ally in the dead spots, insists Johnny is a phantom, but the boy seems so real, so alive....
As the true horrors of the dead spots are slowly revealed, Mackenzie realizes that time is running out. But exits from the dead spots are nearly impossible to find, and defended by things almost beyond imagination.
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Breathless action and deep emotions carry this solid horror-fantasy, a fusion of Joseph Campbell and Stephen King. Mackenzie "Mac" Babin is directionless and clinically depressed after her son's stillbirth and the disintegration of her marriage. She unwittingly enters a world of ghosts and nightmares when she steps inside an abandoned roadside caf . Now on the wrong side of a "dead spot" a trapdoor to a limbo between life and death, where fears, dreams, and imagination determine the landscape Mac must navigate an apocalyptic, wraith-ridden version of present-day Texas while coming to terms with her own strengths. Handsome, solicitous Grant and rougher, more even-handed Lucas keep her company, but she's not sure either can be trusted. Frater (the As the World Dies series) recalls her own experiences of grief and depression in the afterword, and she uses those travails to depict Mac's underworld journey with real pathos, even if the adversaries and obstacles are rarely as suspenseful or surreal as a cast of nightmares calls for.