Seeing Evil by Jason Parent

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Book Description:

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.

My Thoughts:

Seeing Evil is a cross between a detective crime thriller and horror.

Sam’s (Samantha) character is very much a strong one. She is independent and stubborn. She is good at her job and at times she does take quite big risks, which gets her into a whole heap of trouble from her boss.

From the first time she met Michael, when he was just a young child, there has been a bond there growing between them. In a way I think they are two lost souls who have an understanding of each other. It is obvious how much they care about each other.

Michael hasn’t had the best start in life and even though he is finally settled with a new set of foster parents, after being victim to a horrible act of bullying, his whole world is about to change.

I’m sure some of us would love to be able to see the future but I think for Michael he feels like it’s more like a curse. The future he see’s certainly isn’t of the rosy kind. Through Michael’s visions, the reader can quite easily visualise for themselves what Michael is seeing, and it really isn’t pleasant. Some of the visions truly horrified me and I think I was as scared and horrified as Michael was.

Tessas’s character in the story was quite heartbreaking. All throughout the story I just wanted to hold her and tell her everything was going to be okay.

Seeing Evil is a dark and gripping novel that makes in part for a shocking read. As this is the first book I have read by the author, I’m not sure if there is any more books featuring Michael and Sam, but I for one would love to see more of them and think this could make a great series.

Many thanks to Maxine at Booklover Catlady Publicity & Reviews and the author as I won a copy of this book in a give away on Maxine’s Facebook page.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Seeing Evil is available to purchase from Amazon.

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