Culver Creek Series: Book 1
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
An unsolved murder. Disturbing dreams. A missing child.
Caitlin Walker hasn’t had a dream in nine years. But now nightmares torture her son Adam and awaken in Caitlin buried memories and a dark secret. Her husband Lance has a secret of his own, one that his son’s nightmares threaten to reveal.
In Culver Creek newly hired detective Sage Dorian works to unravel the small town’s notorious cold case, the grisly murder of a young girl.
How are Caitlin and Lance connected to the horrific crime? And how far will they go to make sure their secrets stay hidden? Find out in this riveting thriller.
For Lance and Caitlin Walker, nighttime has turned into a nightmare. Their 4-year-old son, Adam, frequently wakes up screaming, detailing horrific details from his dreams. Author Alissa Grosso uses this as the basis for Up the Creek, which is the first book in the Culver Creek series.
The storyline expands as the author begins revealing secrets that all seem to be connected to dreams and nightmares. The unpredictable events add to the suspense as the Walker family tries to get a handle on why these nightmares are happening and what they really mean.
Add a 19-year-old unsolved murder into the mix and the writer very skillfully weaves in a connection to Culver Creek and the Walker family. As a reader, I never could have imagined the plot twists that would take place before the story ended.
From a character standpoint, I alternated between which parent I wanted to reach out and shake some sense into. Whether it was Luke and his quirky nighttime behavior of locking the bedroom door or Caitlin and her obsession with Pacifcleon, a sleep aid, both parents had their share of flaws. However, those flaws are what make this story so enjoyable.
Do dreams and nightmares foreshadow future events and reveal hidden secrets? After reading Up the Creek, it does seem possible. Sometimes the past just won’t go away until everything is settled.
Alissa Grosso is the author of several books for adults and teens. Originally from New Jersey, she now resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
I have this book on my list after seeing so much buzz about it.