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Race the Darkness (Fatal Dreams #1) by Abbie Roads


October 5, 2016


reviewed for


Jeri’s Book Attic




Title :              Race the Darkness

Author :            Abbie Roads

Series :            Fatal Dreams #1

Release date :   Oct 4 2016

Rating :           4 Stars



Blurb : First in a gripping paranormal romantic suspense duo by a Golden Heart finalist debut author whose clinical work gives her chilling insights…Cursed with a terrible gift…Criminal investigator Xander Stone doesn’t have to question you—he can hear your thoughts. Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, Xander struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night—the voice of a woman begging him to save her.A gift that threatens to engulf them…Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except…there is the man in her feverish dreams, the strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom and wholeness. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy.


Review : I was surprised to see that “Race the Darkness” seems to be the debut novel by Abbie Roads.


The author has some serious skills and while I had some problem with the plotline that does not mean the author’s writing was bad.


I liked Xander – he was an intriguing and well developed character easy to fall for ( at least for me) and the plotline around his abilities was just far away from the reality to feel paranormal yet near enough to be believable.


The reader cannot help but wonder how a person in Xander’s situation would feel or how others would react to the truths that he is going to giving them. From the first moment on you feel that he only wants one thing – and that is to be left alone – not only because others annoy him – no but just being in their presence physically hurts him.


So – well done in the character development department


Isleen was interesting enough developed to fill the story and she was strong too but for me she just could not live up to the presence of Xander.


Well and then there are <lets call them THE OUTSIDE FORCES – for the sake of spoilers> – So those totally did not “do” it for me as their concept of “BAD” (I am being vague on purpose”) was just not for me.


So – sorry – this might feel totally different for other readers so – I encourage everyone that is intrigued by the plot to try this book.


For me Xander alone was enough in this story – therefore I am almost certain this story will meet a various readers needs in different genres …


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