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Phantom Dreams [Kindle Edition]

T. K. Harris
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A scorned serial killer on an old vendetta.

An FBI agent who has been chasing monsters for too long.

A woman whose nightmares start invading her waking life.

FBI Special Agent Jack Matthews finds himself on yet another serial killer case, having barely recovered from the last disastrous hunt. Still stiff from a gun shot wound in his leg, under investigation for a botched job, and having lost his fiancée when she walked out on him, Jack is beginning to wonder if it isn’t time to move on to something new. But, for Jack, these cases are personal and he can’t say no.

Marketing specialist Kathy Gilliam leads a fairly boring life. If she’s not working or caring for her ailing father, then she is doing whatever it takes to avoid going anywhere near crowds of people. Her few distractions include her friend Margo Longfellow, occasional hiking trips, and her increasingly alarming dreams of women dying.

As her nightmares cause her to begin to doubt her sanity, the media releases news of the “Coast-to-Coast Killer” and Kathy discovers her dreams may be related. In a moment of panic, Kathy does something that places her on the FBI’s “persons of interest” list. Suddenly, her life is set on a collision course with Jack who must decide if Kathy is the killer or destined to become a victim.

About the Author

T.K. Harris was born in California and lived a gypsy sort of life traveling the world as a military brat. She has been writing since she was a child and as had several short stories published by various magazines, including one in Woman's World. She currently lives and works in Colorado as a Senior Solutions Architect and IT Instructor and has recently had her first novel, Phantom Dreams, published. She is looking forward to her next two books, already outlined and partially written.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615827829
  • Publisher: Indie; Second Edition edition (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008I4R1FM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,037,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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T.K. Harris was born long, long ago in a galaxy (known as California), far, far away and promptly shipped unceremoniously out of the country to spend the next several years living in the Netherlands (in a cupboard under the stairs). Upon return to the U.S. at the ripe old age of 8ish, Harris spent the next several years in a variety of states growing up (sort of) to become a software engineer and IT manager, traveling and living in even more states as well as other countries.

Harris has been writing since childhood and, through the years, has had several short stories published by various magazines, including one in Woman's World. Phantom Dreams is Harris's first published novel.

Harris currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado as a Solution Manager and APP/DEV Solutions Architect and is in the final draft of the next book: The Gillespie Five.

Find out more at:
http://www.tkharrisonline.com.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Edge of the seat read 20 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to win this book in an online promo on Facebook and I was so pleased as the storyline is my kind of book, one of those murders with a witness/accomplice and then you get the twists that just as you think you've worked out who the killer is that person dies, and you go "what no they can't be I was sure they were the killer"

FBI Special Agent Jack Matthews is one of those agents who just never stops chasing serial killer, monsters even though he's recently been badly wounded on his last case and has a leg wound he still says he's okay to deal with this case even though he's dealing with being investigated for a botched case, his fiancee has walked out on him and maybe a part of him feels taking on this case will help him heal.
Then Jack meets a woman, Kathy Gilliam, who lives a very normal life going between caring for her ill father, working long hours and spending what spare time she has with her best friend, Margo Longfellow. Nothing unusual ever seems to happen to Kathy until all of a sudden she starts to have nightmares and the dreams get more frequent and she starts to think she's losing her mind when each one of these dreams is about women being killed and she really starts to wonder what is wrong with her when she can't stop the dreams. She finally breaks down and tells Margo who is so concerned she begs her to see somebody about it, Kathy says she's fine they'll stop until one day she sees the newspaper and the front page is a photo of the woman she saw die in one of her dreams.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good story 28 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a copy by GMTA Publishing to give an honest review for Phantom Dreams.

I loved this premise. It's written in three parts. First through the killers point of view. The second part through the FBI agent searching for him and third through the woman dreaming about the killings.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially being in the head of the killer. I think T.K Harris has done an amazing job. Her characters are well developed and you absolutely have no idea who the killer is at the end. I've had a couple in mind as I went along in the story, but was far off.

The pacing of the story did slow down towards the third part, but still it was a really good story told.

I wish T.K Harris all the best with Phantom dreams and everyone that loves a good mystery, mixed with Paranormal should read this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mesh of Genres 10 Dec 2012
By Cherese A. Vines - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Rating: 3.5 / 5

Phantom Dreams by T. K. Harris begins in the mind of a serial killer, then the FBI agent tracking him, and finally the woman who dreams about the killings.

Kathy Gilliam is a twenty-nine-year-old single, work-a-holic, with an ailing father. She lives alone and up until recently has nightmares she can't remember. However as the stress over her father's declining health and an important account looming at work begin to exhaust her, her nightmares become more frequent and more vivid.

At the urging of her primary physician Kathy seeks the help of a psychiatrist who advises her to keep a notebook beside her bed to write down the dreams. Several sketches later, Kathy realizes that the faces from her dreams match those of murder victims of the Coast-to-Coast killer that are splashed across the news. Feeling that she is losing her mind, she tries to ignore it. But Kathy eventually finds herself at the local police station telling her story. However, instead of being of help Kathy may find herself a suspect, or the next victim.

The novel has suspense and mystery to it, which many will enjoy. The description is full of many sights and scents. It takes place mostly in the spring in the Southeast (Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama) which I am familiar with so it feels realistic in that way for me.

Kathy and Agent Matthews' characters are just ok for me. However, the serial killer's mind is entertaining in that he is completely insane. His conversations with the "other" person in his head are shocking. What I found interesting is that the reader doesn't know which of the two is the "real" person and which is just the voice in the head until the end.

When I first started reading this, I thought it was a straight crime thriller. The beginning is quickly paced and brief. However, once we're introduced to Kathy the pace begins to slow. We learn about her day-to-day life, her past and worries and dreams. This goes on for several chapters and then we're thrust back into the serial killer's mind for a chapter. The next several chapters return to Kathy hanging out with her friend Margo or talking in detail about Kathy's job. A few chapters about Agent Matthews finding a body and his frustrations with the case follow this; and then we're back with Kathy for several more chapters.

The combination of the two stories (Kathy's normal world and the hectic and dark world of the serial killer and the agent tracking him) didn't work well for me. I felt like I was reading two different stories even when Kathy becomes involved with the investigation. It wasn't until almost 30% through that I realized that it was supposed to be Kathy's story. However, I just couldn't shake the initial impression of crime thriller, so much so that the chapter after chapter of Kathy's everyday life felt out of place. I felt that it was sidetracking the real story of the serial killer. It would have worked better for me if Kathy had been introduced sooner.

As a writer, I would've like better transitions and a smoother fusing between the worlds. As a reader, it is overall an ok read. This is a mesh of a thriller, chick literature, and paranormal romance. There is suspense and mystery that's maybe stretched a tad too long by contrived situations, some predictability and stereotypes. Some of what Agent Matthews does didn't seem protocol but I'm only basing this on my years of watching Law and Order and not formal education about law enforcement. But it has a satisfying and dramatic ending. Although I would've liked a little more than I got regarding the reason for Kathy's dreams.

I was provided with a copy for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom Dreams 18 April 2014
By Stacie Theis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Phantom Dreams is a chilling tale of a vicious killer and a woman whose dreams are haunted by the cruel murders of beautiful young woman. Will she be next?

Kathy is a busy executive experiencing mounting stress, no personal life, and her father's ill healthy only compounds her struggles. If that wasn't enough for one person to deal with, Kathy has been having violent dreams that always result in the death of a woman. When Kathy recognizes the women from her dreams on the news she tries to help the police, but then she becomes a suspect. Can the FBI catch the real killer before it's too late?

Phantom Dreams is an eerily captivating thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat, yet keep you yearning for more. T.K. Harris is a talented writer and her ability to hook and reel in readers is evident from the chilling opening scene. The story is filled with many twists and leaves readers unsure of what's coming next. The surprising outcome is perfect for this supernatural mystery.

I highly recommend picking up a copy of Phantom Dreams.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Draws you in 18 Feb 2014
By heather - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The plot draws you in and the characters are well developed. Sometimes you can get lost, because of three different points of view. Overall I enjoyed the book. Hunting a serial killer with a little bit of supernatural in it is a great idea. I can't wait to read another one from this author.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 18 Feb 2014
By m pollard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a gripping novel with characters who are relatable and the storyline is impeccably written. You are drawn in from the start. I loved the style of this book - being written from 3 different points of view. As you go along you start figuring out who did it...but it may not be as obvious as you think.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good story 27 Oct 2013
By Adrienne Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a copy by GMTA Publishing to give an honest review for Phantom Dreams.

I loved this premise. It's written in three parts. First through the killers point of view. The second part through the FBI agent searching for him and third through the woman dreaming about the killings.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially being in the head of the killer. I think T.K Harris has done an amazing job. Her characters are well developed and you absolutely have no idea who the killer is at the end. I've had a couple in mind as I went along in the story, but was far off.

The pacing of the story did slow down towards the third part, but still it was a really good story told.

I wish T.K Harris all the best with Phantom dreams and everyone that loves a good mystery, mixed with Paranormal should read this.
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