Sophie Dunston is a doctor specialising in sleep disorders. She develops a drug to treat them. Only, the drug has a side effect: it makes people susceptible to suggestions from others. Her former employer wants to improve this mind control capability for his own dark purposes, and hence tries to eliminate her. The attempt fails, and she swears to take revenge and destroy the drug. For this, she gets help from two (ex)-killers, who were abused as "lab rats" by her former employer...
The start of Killer Dreams is great and raises expectations that are not fulfilled in the rest. The plot feels too constructed and predictable, and the characters didn't convince me. It's a pity the author didn't make more with the good core idea...
Some quotes from the book
"Michael's not a namby-pamby. He's a tough little rascal."
"Every day should be an adventure, not a treadmill."
"Another workaholic." He grimaced. "I don't know how the two of you even had time to conceive Michael." She grinned. "There are always lunch hours."
He reached into the basket. "No, I'm not showing you the fish, Mary." He pulled out a .38 revolver and shot her in the head. "Dad?" Sophie stared in disbelief as her mother's skull exploded.
"One would never associate you with the man who destroyed almost everything I had in the world."
"You're right, why should I stop you? You seem to want to get yourself killed."
Dear heaven, it seemed she'd been doing nothing but crawling underneath vehicles tonight.
"I'm surprised the taxi driver let us in his cab." - "Most cab drivers aren't that picky about fares at that hour of the night, and I tipped him well. Actually, it was good you were so dirty, you were practically unrecognizable."
Christ, he was bleeding like a stuck pig.
"I'm going to need all the luck I can beg, borrow, or steal to save my son from you."