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Nightmares and Other Therapy, Smithson’s Series, Book 1 (by D.W. Carver)


Book Title: D.W. Carver
Cover Artist: Cinsearae Santiago
Length: Novel
Genre/s: Dark Fiction/Horror
Violence Level: 1
Heat Level: 1

eBook: 9781629290478

Print: 9781629290485


Smithson’s Series, Book 1

Hospitals are supposed to help. Michael found that wasn’t always true. He couldn’t understand the nightmares that made him violent on waking, mostly because he didn’t have the courage to think his problem through. Eventually, pressured into entering a mental hospital by his employers, he thought that here he would find answers and a way to a better life. He was never more wrong.

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3 Responses to Nightmares and Other Therapy, Smithson’s Series, Book 1 (by D.W. Carver)


    Creepy and Sad Story

    Michael suffers from nightmares and complications of violence when he wakes up. He is also mentally unstable. He has lived with this for all of his life but when someone ends up dead from one of these incidents he is given the option of commit himself to a mental institution or be placed there, he willingly goes.

    Michael then suffers the horrors of being in a mental institution along with the treatments. But there is more than standard torture and mental illness. There is something wrong inside Michael’s head. The question is if Michael will be able to become the “normal” person that he is hoping for or if he will ever get out of the mental institute.

    Part of the story reminds me of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and all the images of mental institutions in all horror stories and movies. But what really got me was Michael. The poor man had no options. He’s forced into torture and people causing more problems than helping.

    This is a dark story but I did like it. It’s not just your normal horror story, there is more depth. I felt for Michael and kept wishing he could get out. ~ JBronder, Amazon, Reviewer


    Dark and Suspenseful

    Nightmares and Other Therapy by D.W. Carver will leave readers with a shiver down their spines and a sense of adrenaline pumping through their system. The horrors of what happens inside this brilliant yet frightening novel will take readers deep into a dark unforeseen world. Michael suffers from nightmares that leave him waking with fear. He is soon forced to go into a mental hospital where he thought he could find all his answers. However, nothing goes as we would expect. Everything Michael thought would happens actually turns out worse than he ever feared. Readers will feel intrigued as the plot moves forward. Michael is the one character despite how dark and suspenseful the story is, that readers can easily relate to and come to enjoy reading about. He struggles with many issues and tries to deal with them the best he can. D.W. Carver has masterfully created a fast-paced thriller that will forever haunt readers’ minds. A real page turner. Suspense and intrigue plus adventure packed all into one amazing well written novel. I enjoyed reading this tale and look forward to reading the other novels by D.W. Carver. This is definitely a must read for all who enjoy a little fear and excitement. Overall, I rate Nightmares and Other Therapy a five out of five stars. ~ Danielle Urbanon, Amazon Reviewer


    Haunting Desire for Freedom

    When I think of a mental hospital images of patients in bathrobes sitting in rooms with bars on the windows, little personality, and nurses who care less about their jobs and the very patients they tend to. Of course this could be just the imagery we’ve been presented in the movies, and through the descriptions in books, like this one. Then again having never stepped into a mental hospital I cannot say for sure whether those movies have it right. One thing is for sure they are the content of many a horror movie, paranormal haunting, and scary houses at Halloween. This time the horror that we read about it reality, the very hospital that is supposed to help Michael only heightens his desire to be normal! However, for Michael trying to be normal might just come at a price, the very freedom he wants.
    There’s something dark and sinister happening here, and no it is not out in the open – instead it’s inside of Michael’s head, could it possibly be the character of Lather he created to “talk” to himself in his head, a seemingly innocent child who is the personification of the evil that lives inside his head. Michael so dreams of being “normal” – a young man who can live his life with the pretty girl across the street, Laura, who he has known since they both were children, but without the nightmares and violence that seems to follow them.
    My thoughts on this particular book are mixed, I enjoyed reading the story, especially Michael’s interactions with the characters around him, I could feel for him, could feel his burning desire to be free of the hospital and the torment he experiences inside of its walls. I was haunted by the very descriptions of what he endured while in the hospital, the sodomy and baseline torture that was evident. All the while I was rooting for Michael to achieve his ultimate goal, get away from the hospital and those within its walls, start his life with Laura and be free. I recommend this book highly to anyone who enjoys a good story about the “real life” struggles of real people as this is neither a romance, a thriller, or any of the known genre’s, instead it’s all encompassing. ~ Lara Girdleron, Amazon Reviewer

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