Review: Dying to Dream by Kathryn Long

Today I have the pleasure of hosting a review stop for Dying to Dream by Kathryn Long.  This was a great paranormal mystery that kept you guessing up until the last page.  Kathryn Long has a terrific mastery of mystery.  She leads you on a journey just like her characters.  Be sure to check out the rest of my review after the Book Blurb.

DyingToDream533x800lowresBook Blurb:

Take a strong dose of mystery, add a bit of the paranormal, flavor it with southern charm, then heat it up with romance and you have Dying to Dream.

When Jack Robesaux is found lying dead on a Louisiana beach, psychic, Marin Seurat, must use her gift to prove it is murder and not suicide. Though Marin knows her dreams with their messages from the dead could help, she struggles with the idea of returning home and facing a troubled past. However, a phone call informing her of Jack’s murder and the return of the family curse gives Marin that final push. In a surprising turn of events, Marin discovers a mystery from long ago that somehow connects to recent deaths. With the help of cryptic messages delivered by spirits, Marin races to solve the mystery of Saint Toulere.


Dying to Dream is a roller coaster of a mystery.  From the moment we meet Marin we know she is different.  She has a talent.  The psychic talent of connecting with ghosts or spirits while she sleeps.  Though this can be very inconsistent. When Jack Robesaux is found dead it sets a whole slew of events in motion. Most of these events encircle Marin and Marin’s family.  It is from this moment on that we know that this story is not your everyday mystery.  This mystery with a bit of paranormal thrown in was unique and entertaining.  I highly enjoyed the characters and the story.  Though this story was entertaining I did find that at times the paranormal seemed just thrown in there.  I feel this story probably could have been done without Marin being a psychic but it did add a level to both the story and the characters that produced a nice depth.  I enjoyed all the characters from Marin to Trent to Tante Louise.  They were all very well-written and grew as the story went on.  Even though I felt the story was fluid, entertaining and well-written I felt that in the end the story fell a little flat.  It tied up all the loose ends but some of it felt more forced than most of the story.  Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for those who enjoy a mystery with a bit of paranormal thrown in.

I’d like to thank Reading Addiction Book Tours for allowing me to host this stop today.  If you would like more information about Dying to dream you can go to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any other book retailer.

Author Bio:

Kathryn%20Long%20Photo%20clipKathryn Long is a recently retired school teacher who has enjoyed writing mysteries for several years. Credits include mystery shorts, “Betrayal in an Envelope” and “A Good Man”, both published by The Piker Press. Long has ventured into self-publishing with a cozy mysteryseries beginning with Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes, as well as a series of YA novels, Cinderella Geek, Not So Snow White and Alice in Realityland under the pen name Jennkrist. Dying to Dream is her fourth mystery gone to print with indie publisher, Mainly Murder Press. Future publications include a romantic suspense novel titled A Deadly Deed Grows, which will be coming out next year with The Wild Rose Press. Long keeps actively involved through such efforts as belonging to Sisters in Crime, maintaining a writing blog: , an author website: , and an author Facebook page, Kathryn Long’s Books.
Dying to Dream grew from the author’s strong interest in “ghost hunting” and participating in several ghost tours. Her knowledge of French and Spanish and love of foreign cultures helped create more colorful characters in the book and add to their authenticity.
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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn Long
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 08:59:50

    Thank you, Book Maven, for the review of DYING TO DREAM! It is so very much appreciated … if you’re interested, please post it on Amazon and B&N 🙂

    Kathryn Long


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