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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Storm Dreamer (The Crossing Trilogy Book 3), by June V. Bourgo, is a compelling psychological thriller that takes you inside the mysterious dreams of Madie Hayes. Or is it a reality that she can't quite figure out? Or is it repressed memories? It all began in the first book when a mother went missing and her daughter tried to look for her. The third installment ramps up the mystery and shows what can happen psychologically during a crisis such as this. The impact is intense, and the effects are far-reaching. It isn't just Madie that is affected, and Bourgo does an excellent job of blending the paranormal with realistic fiction.
Bourgo brings readers into Madie's world in a way that makes you care about her and what is going on. The plot is mysterious but easy to engage with and follow. Tension mounts at an even pace, and there is just enough reveal in the right places to tease you along to the conclusion. Even though this is the third book in the trilogy, it isn't hard to become involved in the plot and characters. One of the interesting things about Madie's character is the work she does at a wildlife rehab center, and the optimism she has that her life is looking up. She has so much to hope for, but as in most good psychological dramas, things can go wrong. And when things turn dark in this story is when the energy of the plot picks up.
Childhood nightmares return in full force, triggered during thunderstorms, and they seem to depict a frightened woman in danger of violence. What could all this mean? How much danger is she in? There is a plot twist that I won't give away here, but it's a powder keg, and for this alone is well worth the read, setting it apart from most mystery thrillers. It's this clever creativity I enjoy most about the author's writing. You think you know what will happen, and then surprises happen, and it keeps you guessing until the satisfying end. I would love to see this turned into a movie. If you're a fan of supernatural themes and psychological drama, Storm Dreamer (The Crossing Trilogy Book 3), by June V. Bourgo, is a must-read page-turner.