Dreambound: A Novel (Paperback)
Journalist Byron Kidd’s daughter has vanished. As time passes with no trace of her and his wife begins to move on with her life, Bryon refuses to accept that his daughter is truly gone. Cynical and self-medicating, he begins to unravel a supernatural mystery that leads him to Los Angeles, to immerse himself in a supposedly-fictional fantasy series that his daughter - and other missing teens like her - are obsessed with. Each new discovery takes him deeper and deeper into the unknown, his commitment to saving his daughter driving him to see past his own beliefs, to find new perspective on himself, and follow the story all the way to another world.
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In this thrilling contemporary fantasy novel, a father must investigate the magical underbelly of Los Angeles to find his daughter, who has seemingly disappeared into the fantastical universe of her favorite books.
“Dreambound is a glorious mash-up of fantasy and modern-noir. A little bit Jonathan Carroll, a little bit Neil Gaiman.”—David S. Goyer, executive producer of Sandman and Foundation
When Byron Kidd’s twelve-year-old daughter vanishes, the only clue is a note claiming that she’s taken off to explore the Hidden World, a magical land from a series of popular novels. She is not the only child to seek out this imaginary realm in recent years, and Byron—a cynical and hard-nosed reporter—is determined to discover the whereabouts of dozens of missing kids.
Byron secures a high-profile interview with Annabelle Tobin, the eccentric author of the books, and heads off to her palatial home in the Hollywood Hills. But the truth Byron discovers is more fantastic than he ever could have dreamed.
As he unearths locations from the books that seem to be bleeding into the real world, he must shed his doubts and dive headfirst into the mystical secrets of Los Angeles if he hopes to reunite with his child. Soon Byron finds himself on his own epic journey—but if he’s not careful, he could be the next one to disappear.
Told through journal entries, transcripts, emails, and excerpts from Tobin’s novels, Dreambound is a spellbinding homage to Los Angeles and an immersive and fast-paced story of how far a father will go—even delving into impossible worlds—to save his daughter.
About the Author
Dan Frey is a professional screenwriter and the author of The Future Is Yours and The Retreat. He lives in Los Angeles.
“Frey’s novel is a glorious mash-up of fantasy and modern noir, a little bit Jonathan Carroll, a little bit Neil Gaiman—and a whole lot of glorious invention. Follow Byron Kidd down the rabbit hole. You won’t be disappointed.”—David S. Goyer, executive producer of The Sandman and Foundation