~Written by Patricia Goodwin
What if the truth is more dangerous than the dream?
When Ned Low dreamed of going to sea, he couldn’t have imagined what horrors awaited him. When his mother, Rosie Low, visited the old seer, Ed Dimond, she never dreamed she would be arrested for witchcraft. Dreamwater, the sequel to When Two Women Die, is the terrifying journey of 11-year-old pirate Ned Low in 1692, as he makes his way from the Jamaicas back to Marblehead, each day facing new terrors of his own, to rescue his mother and the girl he loves from the witch hysteria that has gripped his home.
In 1995 Marblehead, Peter Treadwell is trying to come to terms with his young wife’s murder, while his daughter sees and speaks to her mother’s ghost; his son Pete wants to study ghost hunting, but finds himself caught up in internet dangers; Jo Simmons just wants to enjoy her new business and her new husband, but she is being stalked; Cassandra is working very hard to understand reality as well as she understands her psychic visions.
Full of beauty and violence, magic and the paranormal, Dreamwater is a thrilling tale of Marblehead characters, past and modern, trying to achieve their dreams against the often horrifying adversities of real life. (Amazon)
Dreamwater is the compelling second novel by Patricia Goodwin, which delves deep into the lives of several of the characters from her thriller, When Two Women Die.
Ned Low was forced to grow up fast when he was kidnapped from his home by pirates. Now, he must embrace his new life, even if at times he must face horrors worse than death at the hands of Captain Lowther, if he ever hopes to escape and return to Marblehead. Using greed as a lure, Ned tricks Captain Lowther into returning to Marblehead. With his ingenious plan in full motion, Ned escapes from the ship, but is upset when he discovers his mother and his love, Molly, have been accused of witchcraft. Using the skills learned as a pirate, Ned conspires to free them and punish all those involved.
Back to present day, Peter is struggling with the death of his wife and the odd occurrences in the home they shared are making matters worse. Against his better judgment Peter allows his son to bring ghost hunters into their home to uncover the mystery. If things weren't already strange enough, a psychic named Cassandra is having visions of horrible things that will soon take place in Marblehead. Will the parties from the past and present figure out a way to make things right before it's too late for them all?
I found Dreamwater to be a well written gripping suspense that was difficult to put down. The story switches back and forth between past and present and Patricia Goodwin does an excellent job of keeping the story moving along in the transition so I never felt lost or confused.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Dreamwater. Available at Amazon.com.