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 11 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?
©2015 Jason Parent (P)2016 Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear
This was a very professional sounding audiobook and I mean that in a good way. It went much further into graphic and gross details than I am comfortable with, though. The set up was very interesting with the paranormal element being believable (at least for me) and I am always a fan of mysteries that don't have romance as the glue. It was predictable but perhaps it should have been since it's about a clairvoyant kid.
I am pretty sure I would listen to another by this author and it would not be quite so jarring since I could be more prepared for the gore. It definitely held my interest and I eagerly went back to it even though I was grossed out and more than a little disturbed by some of the visions.
The narrator was spot on. Perfect. She really gave the novel a professional sound.
I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
All reviews are based purely on whim, fancy and my mood. They are 100% my honest and personal opinion. Hey, you get what you pay for!
Seeing Evil is a book about the evil human beings inflict on one another. It’s more thriller than horror but has a few disturbing scenes that fall more into the horror realm.
Michael was tragically orphaned as a young boy. Now he’s a teen living with foster parents and dealing with the typical cruelties and horrors of high school. He’s quiet, keeps his head down and minds his own business but one day he finds himself the target of one of the biggest bullies in the school. This scene is horrifying and too well written, if you ask me. I felt like I was in that bathroom stall with unfortunate Michael and, eww, I did not want to be there! Later Michael has a dark and dire vision that eventually comes true. He confides in his police detective friend, Samantha, and she later uses this information to guide her in an investigation.
And this is where I had a problem. The writing is good and the teen characters are amazingly well drawn. You really feel for them. But I would be lying if I didn’t admit that Samantha using Michael, pretty much without his ok, to help her catch a killer bothered the hell out of me. This poor kid had already lived through hell and here she was forcing him to see things he should never have to see. Once? Okay, I get it. But again and again, after he tells her he doesn’t want to do it? Well, that is completely awful no matter her motives.
I listened to this book as an unabridged audio but I’d suggest you read it as a paperback. I felt the female narrator gave a flat performance and didn’t do justice to the material and it took me way too long to warm up to her voice.
Those two things aside, the book was a creepy and disturbing read with characters you will care about. The story gets a four, the narration a three so I guess I’m ending with a 3 ½..
For the audiobook I would steer clear. The reader doesn't do a good job with articulation or annunciation. At time even the cadence of the reading was off. I think the book was done a complete disservice with this version of the audio. I think the book has promise and needs some reworking and additions. I felt like this was a great outline or first draft and hope that the author goes back and does another revision.
This audiobook was gifted to me in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
I don't have a favorite... There was good character development, lots of growth and no confusion of character relationships.
I believe I just answered this question?
Can we believe what we see?
I really liked his book, it kept me interested, great plot development and the ending squeezed my heart:)
This book is really good. Imagine if you were forced to do terrible things by the one person that you're supposed to be able to trust: your father. Very good storyline, nice character development and a satisfying ending. I will look for more by this author. I received this book at no charge from audiobook boom in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
I download over 100 books a year. I don't even know how to go about my day without listening to a title. It's my happy place!
This book started with an unimaginable crime, segued into another, gave you a breather and then rinse and repeat. It was dark and gritty but well written and well narrated. It was a good listen but I'm glad it's over.
The Serial Killer, the Psychic, the Abuse and Police Chase all in one! A Roller Coaster Ride in a book. Loved It! I wasn't sure how I felt about it at first but once I really got into it I was hooked! Learning each characters past while dealing with the present was perfectly written.
Not sure which one... I know I've seen a few lifetime movies similar.
I really enjoyed Tessa's character. A weak abused girl who finds her strength and stands up to her abuser and her own fear.
"This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."
This was an enjoyable book. Written with smooth dialog and great descriptions, it is easy to lose yourself in the story. For me, the only drawback was there is some language, but not as excessive as King or Koontz. The narration was very good. I recommend this as a fun listen.
Yes, though I might be more likely to recommend they read the book.
Can't do males
The story itself is interesting and well done. It centers around a young teen who can see visions of the future on contact with others, and I thought the author did a very good job writing this character true to his age. To many authors write characters that age as more mature, and the reality is very few kids are. The female detective that is his mentor / guardian / protector had a tendency to put him in situations that it would seem unlikely for someone who actually cared about his well-being, though.
The narrator had an issue with male voices, and I almost wish she just hadn't tried, because they came across as ridiculous at times and pulled me out of the story. I sort of understand why a female narrator was chosen, but one who was better with different voices would have been a plus. Other than that, her expressiveness was good.
Overall this was a decent thriller with supernatural elements, but I might suggest reading it rather than listening if possible.
Jason Parent has crafted a truly horrific villain, and he has a knack for making the mundane terrifying. He avoids the trap of making his protagonist a "Mary Sue," even though he is possessed of an extraordinary ability.
The plot relies, on occasion, on some questionable logic and the occasional idiotic choice by a character who should behave differently. But that's a fairly minor squabble.
The reading is mostly good, although I prefer Emma Lysy's delivery when narration over her delivery of dialogue, in particular when she is reading the male roles. The audio seemed a little bit over-compressed, which took some getting used to.
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