I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Seeing Evil by Jason Parent
Published by Red Adept Publishing, LLC on 2015-08-04
Genres: Crime, Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Supernatural, Suspense, Thriller, Thrillers
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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.
I’ve enjoyed many thriller novels lately, but I must confess that the “majority” of my favorite books have some sort of supernatural element to them. In respect to Jason Parent’s SEEING EVIL, I was not the least bit disappointed.
Michael Turcotte is a boy who’s lived in many foster homes during his fourteen years of life. Unfortunately, he’s also a natural target for school bullies. After one extreme incident, his mind suddenly transports him elsewhere–to the near future where a brutal murder is going to take place.
Yet who would believe the “vision” of a boy like Michael?
Even after his predictions come true…..
Enter Tessa, a fifteen year old girl harboring awful secrets of her own . . .
When Parent brings these two characters together, the results are simply dynamic! I was astonished to see how well the author was able to get me–as a reader–into the mindset of each of these teens. Their characterization was superb in every manner–and I strongly feel that it takes a large amount of talent for someone to portray events from Michael and Tessa’s experiences with such conviction and effortlessly getting the reader to “experience” and “feel” along with them.
Then we have Major Crimes Detective, Samantha Reilly; a woman determined to get results at any cost, regardless of protocol. She has her own, personal convictions; among them the belief that “saving one life isn’t worth destroying another’s”. Once again, surprisingly unique as a character when we view her through the eyes of these teenagers.
The entire story was strong, driven, and merciless in all regard from beginning to end. Even when you think you know where it’s going, there’s yet another–logical–twist.
The hardest part of this novel, for me, was that so much mirrored the bitter truth of our society today. The bullying scenes were so well written they could have been done before you! The horrid abuse that goes on behind closed doors, and how even those with the best of intentions are unable to intervene on account of some “technicality” or other. That really got to me on an emotional level.
The sad truth of the matter that Mr. Parent brings to light is that the worst monsters out there, are those masquerading as “everyday people”.
This is a story that will resonate within you for several reasons: the exceptional characterization (of both male and female teenagers), the kids ostracized and bullied for no discernible reason other than they “EXIST”, and the fact that we stare “true evil” in the face so very often, and probably never even realize it.
SEEING EVIL is a powerful, emotionally charged tale of brutality, friendships, and more than a touch of the supernatural.
One of my favorite quotes from the book was when one of the main characters suddenly has an epiphany: “….. didn’t know what the future held anymore….. make an adjustment here or a modification there, and a whole new timeline could fall into place.”
A small kernel of hope, in an otherwise dire circumstance? Or perhaps, simply to remind us that we can never be in complete control of anything in this world?
Read on for your own interpretation…