Book: Dream Family (Dreams, book 4) by J.J. DiBenedettocategories: Book, Dreams, Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Prison, Medicine, Justice, Clean Romance
J.J. DiBenedettoabout this book: In the fourth book of the Dreams series, Sara Alderson faces a very personal challenge, one that she's not at all equipped to cope with. She's just moved to Washington, DC to open a private medical practice, and her life seems like it's going perfectly. But on her very first day at her new job, the police show up, and she's arrested for prescription drug fraud - a crime she can't have committed, as she's only been practicing for a few hours!
Sara is entirely unable to cope with her arrest and her twenty-four hours in jail; she's kept handcuffed, physically abused, threatened with ten years in prison, and layer by layer her entire identity is stripped away. And when she's forced to strip, and she's violated during the course of a full-body search, something inside her breaks.
Now she needs her strange dreams, in order to help find her way back to herself, to recover her confidence and try to put the shattered pieces of her life back together.
This was a very difficult book to write, putting Sara through such a traumatic experience - torturing her, basically. But I think it's important, because this happens, every day, to ordinary people when they run afoul of the criminal justice system. The thought of having one's freedom taken away, being physically restrained and controlled by people who are allowed to use force (even deadly force) against you, being thrust into a world you don't understand and can't navigate - it's terrifying, and I think that this book captures that feeling.
But it also shows Sara's recovery from that experience, and what she learns about herself along the way. I think readers will be richly rewarded by the time they finish this book.
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