Mar 20, 2015

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters


Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.


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 Olivia believes in the interdependency of women. She's intelligent and headstrong, a true suffragist. She wants to go to university and she loves to read books. Unfortunately at the beginning of the 20th century women couldn't vote yet and they weren't supposed to have a mind of their own. Olivia's father is a dentist and he doesn't like that his daughter isn't an obedient girl who's looking for a good husband to support her. He wants her to be less rebellious and to achieve that he asks Henri Reverie to hypnotise Olivia so she can no longer speak out her true thoughts and side with the women who are protesting for women's rights. Henri agrees to hypnotise Olivia, but if it has the effect her father wants it to have is the question...

Olivia is such a brilliant, quick witted and determined girl. I liked the way her mind works. She isn't allowed much freedom and her father doesn't want her to have her own voice and opinions. He tries to suppress her, but Henri doesn't agree with his methods at all. Unfortunately he has to accept the offer, because he needs the money. Olivia and Henri become quite close, but he's still the one who has made her see things she doesn't really want to see. Will she be able to forgive him?

The Cure for Dreaming is a fantastic book. I loved the writing style, the subject of the story, the main characters, the setting and the atmosphere. Everything was exactly right and the combination made is so special. The idea of the use of hypnosis as a desperate measure is such a good one. Henri is the perfect hypnotist, I liked the mystery of his character and the fact that he manages to make such ingenious choices. The subject and the historical setting are a great combination and the story had a lot of depth and all kinds of interesting layers. I'm so happy I've read this book, it's absolutely brilliant.


  1. Love the sound of this book! An interesting take on the period and a great cover. This one is definitely going on my Goodreads TBR list. Thanks for sharing your review

  2. Oh... I read it! It's a great book. Wonderful for a late night reading.


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