Wow, this is one creepy read, and I felt it had Stranger Things mixed with Good Omens vibes to it. Paul Adams is your run-of-the-mill 14-year-old, just trying to get through school. Paul and his one good friend, James, find themselves thrown together with two other boys, Charlie Crabtree and Billy Roberts, after they stand up for Paul and James during an altercation with a bully during PhysEd. But something is just not right about Charlie.
The friendship proceeds to get stranger and stranger with Charlie manipulating all of them to participate in what he calls ‘dream incubation’. He believes you can alter things in the waking world if you can learn to control your dreams.
The chapters alternate between ‘before’ and ‘now’ as well as following Detective Amanda Beck who is investigating a crime in another town that seems to fit the description of one that took place in Paul’s hometown 25 years earlier. The two collide in their quest to find out what really happened back then, and if there is still a killer on the loose.
I can’t say much more without giving anything away, and you’ll want to read this one for yourself.