Since I started Shotgun Logic I’ve had the opportunity to read a lot of material outside of my normal comfort zone. SEEING EVIL by Jason Parent is the farthest I’ve stepped outside of that zone to date. I literally never read thrillers as they tend to be formulaic and cliche-ridden and they fail to hold my interest. But after reading the synopsis for this book, I was intrigued and decided to chance it. Boy, am I ever glad I did.
SEEING EVIL synopsis from Amazon:
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.
While strictly speaking, SEEING EVIL isn’t horror, it contains many of the components that make a good horror novel. It’s dark and brooding with elements of the supernatural and an antagonist who is both monstrous and terrifying in the way that only human monsters can be. It’s a book that deals with the issues of bullying, abuse, and neglect and handles those issues quite adeptly. With smooth and fluid prose, SEEING EVIL tells the story of Michael Turcotte and Tessa Masterson, two teenagers each dealing with their own personal hell, Michael with bullying and a terrifying, unwanted psychic ability, and Tessa with a viciously abusive and murderous father.
SEEING EVIL is a fast moving, entertaining story with some of the best character development I’ve seen in awhile. Marty and Tessa are living, deeply flawed, three-dimensional characters and it was very easy–even irresistible–to invest myself in their well-being, and Christopher Masterson is as frightening a serial killer figure as I’ve encountered since Hannibal Lector. He’s sadistically abusive with his daughter and ruthless with his victims, yet he can turn on the innocent charm on a whim if it becomes necessary.
Parent has a strong grasp of pace and a knack for thematic consistency that draws you into the story and holds your attention to the harrowing, horrific conclusion. Riddled with unexpected twists and turns, SEEING EVIL is a captivating read told with all the elements of a good story that doesn’t rest too much on cliche or exposition. If you’re a fan of paranormal thrillers, heart pounding scares, and rock solid story telling, you should add Jason Parent to your list of must read authors and put SEEING EVIL right at the top of your TBR pile.
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About Jason Parent: In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.
In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he finally tired of Latin phrases no one knew how to pronounce and explaining to people that real lawsuits are not started, tried and finalized within the 60-minute timeframe they see on TV (it’s harassing the witness; no one throws vicious woodland creatures at them), he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he’s back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that’s another story.
When he’s not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, travel any place that will let him enter, and play just about any sport (except that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists in a knot or takes somebody’s head off – he misses the appeal). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.
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