The Trajectory of Dreams by Nicole Wolverton
Publisher: Bitingduck Press
Publication Date: March 2013
Category: Adult Psychological Thriller
Source: Bitingduck Press
Description via Nicole Wolverton's website:
For Lela White, a Houston sleep lab technician, sleep doesn't come easy—there’s a price to be paid for a poor night’s sleep, and she’s the judge, jury, and executioner.
Everyone around Lela considers her a private woman with a passion for her lab work. But nighttime reveals her for what she is: a woman on a critical secret mission. Lela lives in the grip of a mental disorder that compels her to break into astronauts’ homes to ensure they can sleep well and believes that by doing so, she keeps the revitalized U.S. space program safe from fatal accidents. What began at the age of ten when her mother confessed to blowing up the space shuttle has evolved into Lela’s life’s work. She dreads the day when an astronaut doesn't pass her testing, but she’s prepared to kill for the greater good.
When Zory Korchagin, a Russian cosmonaut on loan to the U.S. shuttle program, finds himself drawn to Lela, he puts her carefully-constructed world at risk of an explosion as surely as he does his own upcoming launch. As Lela’s universe unravels, no one is safe.
For reals. That was my face while I read Trajectory of Dreams. At first I was thinking, ok this Lela girl is a little weird maybe? Why is she talking to her cat like he can answer her? Maybe she's lonely?
Nicole Wolverton takes us aboard the crazy train with this book. As I read I knew something was off about certain characters. However, I had no idea how deep the insanity of this story was going to go. Towards the end of the book there were surprise twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Oooh, how I looove that! Trajectory is a true psychological thriller.
The synopsis of this tale is fab but the book isn't without a few issues. The editing is a bit unpolished and some of the language can be chunky. Neither of those things should distract you too much from the story. It's worth the ride.