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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Dancing In The Wind: Journey To Freedom by Sandra Jackson is the exciting final installment of the Escape trilogy, a medical drama with the main character April and her family going back to the origins of her nightmare. Impending winter, a virus, mysterious whispers, and feelings of claustrophobia created by a building all play into her feelings of physical and psychological entrapment. April's memories are positive and negative, but she has to find a way to deal with them or lose her mind completely. Things get even more interesting when she discovers that the narcissistic and ludicrous Cecil has been placing secrets inside her subconscious and created the virus. She relies on her parents to help her uncover the unknown, but it may not work. It's a race to see who will get to this information first: a person from her past or her parents? It's clear April is in jeopardy and yearns to be free, and you will be intrigued and immersed in her journey as she finds her way back to what is most important to her.
With a talent for scene-setting, descriptions, and tension-building, Jackson takes her readers and sets them right down inside the world and minds of her characters. Using first-person POV is a wise choice for the telling of this psychological drama. It brings you inside April's mind. The vivid imagery also solidifies the believability of the story, and you find yourself caring so much for what is happening to April and what the outcome will be. I like how the author describes her anxiety, as it creates empathy and connectedness with her audience. Her explanations of Butterflies, The Butterfly Flu, C.E.C.I.L., etc., give information to readers without a lot of info-dumping, allowing the story to flow and breathe without interruption. I appreciated the backstory scenes, making the tale well-rounded, and the energetic dialogue adds freshness. Suppose you're into psychological medical thrillers with exciting characters (Beth, Noah, Caleb, and others) and an intriguing plot with a supernatural twist and joyous moments, too. In that case, you will be an instant fan of Dancing In The Wind: Journey To Freedom by Sandra Jackson.