Seeing Evil

  • by Jason Parent
  • Narrated by Emma Lysy
  • 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?

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Good but graphic!

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.
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- josie "Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear"

Great teen characters, meh narration

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..
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- Barks Book Nonsense "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!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2016
  • Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC