Staff Review: "The Cure for Dreaming"
Morris Award Finalist Cat Winters follows her debut novel with this unique and terrifying story about a teenage girl who discovers she can see frightening images after undergoing hypnosis. Set in 1900 in Portland, Oregon, “The Cure for Dreaming” is the story of Olivia Mead, an outspoken proponent of the right to vote for women. Her father decides to have a traveling hypnotist "cure" Olivia of her political views. While Olivia becomes more docile and ladylike, she also discovers she can see the true nature of people, and is frightened to discover many familiar faces, including her father, now resemble beasts and vampires. While much of the book is fast-paced, the final climactic scenes felt a bit disappointing compared to the excitement in the rest of the book. However, Winters does an incredible job of weaving elements of the paranormal, historical events, and the struggles of teens into an engaging story.