- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition, First Printing edition (7 Feb. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0002259109
- ISBN-13: 978-0002259101
- Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.4 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,987,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dreamworld Paperback – 7 Feb 2000
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The theme park called Dreamworld is a place where people feel safe--safe to bring their children, and safe to heal the damaged children that they themselves once were.
Around her, the visitors who had hurried to get into the park earlier that day fell blithely under its spell. No need to hurry now, plenty of time, they joined the gently bobbing human tide...this dreamy, insistent current of tired, happy people.
Security guard Avery has serious emotional pain in her past and her loyalty to Dreamworld is as unconditional as her love for senior executive Hayes. When murder and suicide strike, she agrees to a cover-up for the sake of Dreamworld, and only gradually discovers what she has agreed to...
Jane Goldman's first thriller brilliantly evokes the sunlit avenues and dingy maintenance tunnels of the world's favourite theme parks; she makes brilliant use of the large body of urban legends about theme parks, the stories people tell knowing them false and fearing they may be true. Avery finds herself investigating the sinister R&D department on an adjacent site--Goldman's informed speculations about the future of the entertainment industry make for some terrifying twists. Jane Goldman is already a star of teenage non-fiction publishing; her first novel is inventive, often charming and often terrifying. --Roz Kaveney
‘Sharp, unusual and at times very funny: a pop thriller laced with dark shadows’
Michael Marshall Smith
Top Customer Reviews
Growing up in Southern California, we always heard rumors about underground tunnels to whisk the "bad people" away from Disneyland. At one point my brother tried convince me there was even a jail in the Magic Kingdom. I never believed him, until I read Dreamworld, that is!
"Dreamworld" exposes the underbelly of a huge theme park in Florida. Sylvia Avery's job at Dreamworld is to make sure that the public doesn't see any of the bad people, the drunks, disorderlies, etc. She simply whisks them away from sight! But when a suicide-murder takes place in the park, the reader is taken on a ride of a lifetime.
"Dreamworld" has murder, suspense, and plot twists. This book is hard to put down. I've already recommended it to many friends and will continue to do so.
The writing style is meant to be American, but all the characters have a British way of interacting, with American slang liberally sprinkled. This makes it hard for Americans to understand (according to the Amazon.com reviews) and jarring for the British in a 'Jonnie Depp liking The Fast Show' kind of way.
This aside, the main complaint I would have with this book is that it comes completely from the Nancy Drew school of story telling. Pick any of the Nancy Drew Files and you basically have this plot development outline. The premise that if you keep making the main character jump to wrong conclusions about the murderers identity then the reader will automatically follow, really takes the mick after FOURTY CHAPTERS, when it's obvious right from the beginning - before you even know what crime has been committed, exactly who the bad guy is. Even Avery's constant swooning (in a professional, yet feminine way naturally) at the college-boy love interest, is very, well, NANCY DREW. Even the ending, which was trying so very hard not to be cliched, was just really cliched.
There is nothing wrong with the main story of this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow! i loved this book so much. i couldn't stop reading it. once you have readit though you start to think that their could be some truth behind the ideas. Read morePublished on 20 May 2006 by Katrin Princess
I only bought this because of the very eye catching cover! But am glad I did. Even if the story is meandering, and although it becomes obvious who the killer is before you approach... Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2004 by Emma
When I first picked up this book I expected it to be far more sinister and more thrilling, but maybe I was over- anticipating. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2001
Not sure about this book. Far too much detail for my liking which made you feel an outsider from the story. Easy book to get into and quite enjoyable too.Published on 15 Jan. 2001
OK, this book doesn't hold too many surprises, and the 'twist' you can see coming a mile off, but it is well written and the theme park setting is well realised. Read morePublished on 15 May 2000 by CJ
Not the best read in the world, but not bad either. I got the impression here was a fairly competant British writer, writing for an American market, when she would have done a... Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2000
No offense to the ladies, but it's quite rare when a female novelist matches the casual and funny evocation of life's underbelly that a Carl Hiassen or an Elmore Leonard is able to... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2000