30 October, 2015

#BookReview :: Seeing Evil by Jason Parent

Fate in plain sight.

Major Crimes Detective Samantha Reilly prefers to work alone—she’s seen as a maverick, and she still struggles privately with the death of her partner. The only person who ever sees her softer side is Michael Turcotte, a teenager she’s known since she rescued him eleven years ago from the aftermath of his parents’ murder-suicide.

In foster care since his parents’ death, Michael is a loner who tries to fly under the bullies’ radar, but a violent assault triggers a disturbing ability to view people’s dark futures. No one believes his first vision means anything, though—not even Sam Reilly. When reality mimics his prediction, however, Sam isn’t the only one to take notice. A strange girl named Tessa Masterson asks Michael about her future, and what he sees sends him back to Sam—is Tessa victim or perpetrator?

Tessa’s tangled secrets draw Michael and Sam inexorably into a deadly conflict. Sam relies on Michael, but his only advantage is the visions he never asked for. As they track a cold and calculating killer, one misstep could turn the hunters into prey.


The blurb of the book did catch my attention; however it didn’t really prepare me for the book itself.

Michael having witnessed his parents’ murder as a young child has grown up in the foster care system. He is a loner who tries his best to keep out of trouble. But then tone day trouble finds him and decides to stick with him. After experiencing a violent bullying episode, something within Michael stirs to life – an ability to see people’s future. At first people do not believe him but then his prediction comes true putting him under the spotlight. With all eyes on him, he is approached by Tessa to see her future. He can only trust and depend on Major Crimes Detective Samantha Reilly, the officer who had rescued him on the night of his parents’ murder and is the only person he has a connection with. The turn of events send Michael and Sam in pursuit of the killer. But the question is, will they catch the perpetrator before it is too late?

I loved the plot! It is really-really good. What starts as a simple story soon takes turns that will put a reader on the edge of their seats. The plot is complimented by the characters to its full potential. Michael is a kid with a sad past and as such he is easy to like. For most part his character remains true to his age. Samantha Reilly is a cop I loved as a reader. She is all business and professional until she is with Michael – that’s when we see her softer side making her more human. And then there is Tessa – a girl with a very dark secret. I found her intriguing from the very beginning. If I had to crib about anything in this book, it would be about Tessa – I wanted to know more about her.

The author has a very interesting narration style where small details make the narration even more interesting. The horrifying and gruesome scenes felt more so because of the way he has described them with great care. The visions that Michael had were different experiences on their own. I also particularly liked the way he has portrayed his characters – flawed but mostly with hope. He has covered the very important aspect of bullying – the physical and psychological effect it can have on the victims. There is ample action and drama with a fast pace to keep the readers engaged.

To round it up, I would like to say that I will watch out for more from this author and in the meantime, I would like you guys to give this book a try.


Review Copy received from the Author


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