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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Are You Sleeping: Stormy Weather by Dermot Davis is a fascinating although fictional look at the sleeping mind. Dr. Robert Munro was turning into his father. He ignored his wife Gail and insisted that his son see reality rather than use his imagination. Little Jason insisted that Munchkins lived under the floor boards of his room. The prescription meds Robert prescribed for his wife left her glassy eyed and in a lackluster state. She exhibited and felt few emotions and yet she managed to tell him that he was turning into his father. It was easier for Robert to believe that she was unwell than to accept the fact that he was a lousy husband and father. On the way to the office, Robert impatiently pulled out at 4-way stop sign and had to brake when a large SUV ran through the intersection. Gail decided to take Jason and go out of town for a few days without telling Robert. His day didn’t get any better. He went to the hospital to see his father who was in a coma. While visiting, his anger and hatred for the man came to a head. He seemed to be living a dream from which he could not wake up. He saw the form of a mysterious lady, Munchkins, and himself as a child.
Dermot Davis’s Stormy Weather kept me turning pages to see what was going to happen next. Was Robert losing his mind? What was real and what was his imagination and where was this plot going? This author kept me guessing almost to the last page. My favorite character was Allison. She came across as sweet and innocent. The other characters are well done and even the secondary ones add much to the plot without overpowering it. The plot reminded me a wee bit of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, and the Wizard of Oz all rolled into one. The author demonstrates that we often forget the dreams of our youth. We forget what it means to have fun, for we become too wrapped up in adulthood.