In this novel, Sarver offers a finely constructed work of fiction. I appreciate how well-written and balanced the multiple genres in the story are and how the mash-up worked in complementing the overall storyline. The author’s remarkable use of description in depicting the main character’s ominous visions and dreams—which often left the character and I feeling a shared sense of dread—impressed me. I liked Jesse and his complexities as a character. I also appreciated the well-drawn supporting characters whose personalities and interactions with the main character made things more interesting.
As the narrative progressed, I liked that it quickly gained an air of mystery and intensity that gripped my attention all the way to the end. The fact that there was more than one mystery to solve kept me actively engaged. I loved that as the narrative drew to a conclusion, the rise in suspense and build of tension had me on the edge of my seat expecting the worst but hoping for the best.
All in all, the author skillfully weaved a thrilling and memorable read, which I’m happy to rate 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a captivating read with interesting twists and turns. Fans of whodunits who have a taste for the paranormal experience will definitely enjoy sinking their teeth into Wolf River Dreams as well.
- Online Book Club
Sarver does a masterful job of setting up this rather short novel to be eerie and ominous, starting with the first few pages, and this mood rarely lifts for moments of lightheartedness. The descriptions of the dreams are spare but powerful, and every word that Sarver uses is carefully chosen.
The writing is clean and sharp, with few grammatical errors or stumbling points in the prose. Jesse is the most thoroughly crafted character, but the supporting cast is far from flimsy, and the meaningful exchanges of dialogue are beautifully scripted. For a short and impactful read, Wolf River Dreams is a book you are unlikely to forget, as it provides not only a chilling look at a character’s life, but maybe even your own.
- Self Publishing Review
There are sections of Patrick Sarver’s Wolf River Dreams that are an absolute joy to read. His descriptions of nature sometimes border on lyrical and his depiction of small town life in America is vivid and intriguing. Wolf River is well-imagined and populated with quirky characters, the likes of whom you will only find in a small rural community. Their relationships and their history with each other feel real and, as the story progresses, the reader begins to care about them and becomes more intrigued as the events of the past unfold.
The main protagonist is likeable enough, although obsessed with the death of his previous girlfriend (understandably so) and perhaps a bit too introspective and involved with his dreams and his “moods.” Towards the end, we discover the reason for Jesse’s visions, the paranormal force behind his dreams and the answer to the mysteries that have plagued the town for two decades. Although some of the reveals were easily spotted, a few unexpected twists make for a satisfying conclusion. You’ll be rewarded with beautifully written prose, a cast of believable and interesting characters, an intriguing mystery and a dash
of paranormal activity.
- Indie Reviews
Sarver’s characters are often smart and affable, though their dialogue can be unbroken and articulate. While the players can at times become overdramatic (for example, a man pounding his fists on the ground mid-confession), they remain fundamentally intriguing. Hopefully, more refined plotlines are in the future for a writer who clearly can create enthralling characters.
- Kirkus Reviews