Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review: Seeing Evil (Cycle of Evil Book 1) - by Jason Parent

5 of 5 Stars

Detective Samantha Reilly of the Fall River Police Department has known Michael Turcotte most of his life.  Brought together by tragic circumstances they've remained close for nearly a dozen years.

When we first meet Michael, he's in a High School restroom witnessing the bullying of Freshman, Jimmy Rafferty, being worked over by Glenn Rodrigues and his cronies.  Before the episode is over, Michael's head ends up in a toilet.

Tessa Masterson struggles with an abusive Father, Christopher, a wonderfully awful human being...

"Her life was like walking on a tightrope through a hurricane.  Always demanding perfection, Father set her up to fail.  And when she did, a spark lit behind his deadpan eyes.  Tessa wondered if it was pleasure."

Now that we know a bit about the players, what about the story? The first time Michael sees something that has yet to occur, the experience throws him completely off balance.  It happens when he see's Jimmy Rafferty kill Glenn Rodrigues right in a school hallway...

"If it wasn't a dream, then what was it?  A premonition?  A vision of the future?  Michael didn't subscribe to that psychic crap.  He'd never had psychic abilities before.  He wasn't special.  He hadn't felt any different when he's woken up that morning than he had a lifetime of mornings prior."

Seeing Evil is one of those reads where when life interrupts, you can't wait to find time to get back to the story.  Jason Parent has the ability to make me empathetic to his characters.  To both feel their joy and experience their pain.  Seeing Evil is filled with brilliant touches, more than once I heard my inner voice saying, "Oh, yeah."

Strongly recommended and I'm looking forward to book 2 in the series, Hearing Evil, which is available now.

Seeing Evil (Cycle of Evil Book 1) is available in paperback and e-book formats from Red Adept Publishing and can also be experienced as an Audiobook through Audible.

From the author's bio - In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls Southeastern Massachusetts his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides with his cuddly corgi, Calypso.  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 for the one with that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists in on knot or takes somebody’s head off). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.

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