Although I read mostly horror, I do branch out into other genres. I particularly like crime dramas that involve children and teens, which explains why I’m such a huge fan of shows like LAW & ORDER: SVU. As a dad of three kids, children hold a special place in my heart, and thus any drama or thriller involving them tend to be exponentially more powerful for me. Such is the case with SEEING EVIL, a recent release by author Jason Parent. Although this is a great book to begin with, knowing the background of the character Michael makes it even more so. The result is an excellent read that any fan of thrillers will want to pick up.
If you are not familiar with SEEING EVIL, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Red Adept Publishing:
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 dram 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.
This book is 230 pages long, but I tore through it in two days. It is just that good. With the opening scene in chapter one, the story grabs you in a chokehold and doesn’t let go until the final page is turned. SEEING EVIL is one book you will have a hard time putting down.
SEEING EVIL is written very well and flows at a crisp, smooth pace. I like how Parent does not bog down his narrative with unnecessary prose and overly vivid descriptions. Too many authors get hung up on both, and the story suffers as a result. That is thankfully not the case here. Parent whisks the reader away on a thrilling ride that culminates in a climactic conclusion perfect for the story.
The characters are realistic and believable, particularly Michael himself. The trauma he endures as a toddler helps define him as a teen, and Parent does a great job of fleshing him out to the point of realism. This aspect is a major part of what makes this read so good. I never once felt the characters were over the top or unbelievable.
If I were forced to find a flaw with SEEING EVIL, I simply could not. This is an intense story with nice twists and a conclusion you don’t see coming. In short, it’s a perfect read. I highly recommend this one, and I suggest you check it out soon. It is available now in a variety of formats.