KILLER DREAMS

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SUSPENSE / THRILLER

Contemporary

Vincent Donovan

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Submision Type

Book

Logline

Cassie Maclean feels conflicted about her mother, who emerges from a coma years after causing multiple fatalities in a drunken hit and run accident. But as miraculous as the awakening, Cassie comes to believes her mother is innocent and embarks on a quest to prove it.

Genre

Suspense / Thriller

Short Summary

Cassie Maclean feels conflicted about her mother, who emerges from a coma years after causing multiple fatalities in a drunken hit and run accident. But as miraculous as the awakening, Cassie comes to believes her mother is innocent and embarks on a quest to prove it.

Setting

Salem, New Hampshire

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Cassie MacLean

Age: 43

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Blunt, Complex, Perseverance, Underdog, Faithful, Heroic, Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Rose Owens

Age: 60

Gender: 60

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Educated, Desperate, Charming, Romantic, Secretive, Religious

Additional Character Details

Name: Charles Owen

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Badass, Blunt, Complex, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Secretive, Desperate

Additional Character Details

Name: Phil Walsh

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Educated, Desperate, Charming, Romantic, Secretive, Religious

About The Author

"Killer Dreams" is Donovan's 4th novel. His debut novel "Chasing Mayflies" was a 2017 finalist for the Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Award for General Fiction. His follow-up literary adventures included, "A Difficult Crossing" and "Only Dead Leaves Fall."

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2023

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

9781685132552

Genre

SUSPENSE, THRILLER

Brief

From the moment CASSIE's mother, ROSE, crashed her car, killing dozens of people and going into a coma, the girl's life got upside down. She began to live around her bedridden mother, face daily the outbreak of anger in the city against her family for the deaths of people, and began to forget about her, her husband, and her son. When the mother returns from the coma after ten years, a secret is also slowly revealed. Through new brain technology, Cassie is able to relive the moment of the accident and begin to understand what really happened, far from the lies everyone tells: It wasn't Rose who was driving, but her father, who, upon seeing the woman unconscious, switched places with her to escape the responsibility.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

Nothing to declare about it.

Draw of Story

The narrative mixes the present time with information about the past that is revealed little by little. So, this is attractive for those who read it. Instead of already being bombarded with information about the accident, the author makes a solid construction of the universe in which Cassie finds herself.

Possible Drawbacks

The mix of reality with Cassie's possible daydreams is interesting, but if not used sparingly, it can become quite repetitive.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

We have the family hook of the daughter who gave up her life to take care of the reputation and health of her mother in a coma. And we have the hook of the secret kept by the coma. Both are interesting and good sources of conflict.

Fanbase Potential

Yes, by showing the vulnerability of two women deceived and devastated by a misunderstanding, the adaptation has the chance to attract a large audience, especially formed by women.

Awards Potential

If the narrative follows the path of Cassie's resilience in remaining by her mother's side despite the negative rumors in the city and all the chaos that her life has become, it has dramatic potential for awards.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

COMA (2019), SAVING HOPE (TV SERIES), THE BLACK BOX (2005)

What’s New About the Story

The addition of technology that blends with Cassie's daydreams and reality is an original point in this story.

Lead Characters

There is no one perfect there, which is the narrative's greatest triumph. Cassie is a mother who has become slightly absent and a wife who is less current in her husband's life due to the chaos of her own life. Cassie's mother was an alcoholic, and Cassie's father is a liar, womanizer, and selfish. But everyone there is actually trying to live their lives in the way that feels most right to them. It's the beauty of their imperfection.

Uniqueness of Story

It is not a rare gem, as it has elements that have already been widely revisited, such as secrets kept by the coma and the family problems arising from it, but it is a good narrative with solid dramatic potential.

Possible Formats

TV Series: Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

In a single narrative, we have the chaotic relationship between Cassie's parents, setting a shallow family example for their daughter; her mother's alcoholism; the father's machismo and selfishness; the cancel culture among people who don't even know what actually happened in the accident; the messy life after the accident; Cassie's problems with her husband and son; the advanced technology that Cassie uses to get closer to her mother's memories; and the discovery that her father is a worse liar than you imagined—all of this in a single universe and combining items very well. It's very interesting to see how we have so many subjects and themes covered, but everything seems simple and balanced. The pieces fit together well and leave the narrative with a more solid impression. The characters are flawed, which demonstrates the author's engagement with maintaining human characteristics and not seeking a Manichaean path. The point that deserves a little more attention, however, is the dialogue. It could be a little deeper and more enjoyable to follow efficiently the beats of the narrative