London psychotherapist Frieda Klein has gone to great lengths to impose order on her life. Estranged from her family and reluctant to sacrifice her independence for love, Frieda has achieved tremendous success throughout her career. So after her celebrated mentor, Reuben McGill, suffers a breakdown, she is asked to take over one of his patients. Frieda accepts, only to be drawn into a world of dark uncertainties when her new patient’s disturbing dreams become a chilling reality.
At forty–two, Alan Dekker doesn’t believe he’s having a midlife crisis. Until recently, Alan felt at peace with the quiet life that he and his wife, Carrie, had made together. Then he began having the nightmares. He doesn’t “want to be the kind of person who had such things in his head” (p. 24), but he can’t stop them from coming. Afraid to sleep and unable to work or be intimate with Carrie, Alan has become a desperate man.