Thursday, August 30, 2007

Eye of the Beholder by Shari Shattuck

Eye of the Beholder
Shari Shattuck
Signet – New American Library
September 4, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-451-22199-5

Relocating to a quiet suburb outside of Los Angeles should have brought a feeling of peace to successful business owner Greer Sands. Instead, her psychic senses are working overtime, but not revealing the answers she needs. When her son, Joshua, begins to show signs of his own ability, Greer does all she can to ease him into embracing his gift. The feelings Greer gets are dark in nature, and she’s certain that something evil is lurking in her new neighborhood. Someone isn’t what they seem.

When Joshua’s friend Joy disappears, his new gift grows stronger. As hints of where Joy is surface in visions, Joshua works harder than ever to accept what’s happening to him and discern the meaning of each image he sees. Time is running out for Joy and if Joshua can’t decipher the clues soon it may be too late to save her.

Eye of the Beholder is a riveting suspense. It took a tragic lesson for Greer to learn not to ignore her psychic feelings. Now she’s committed to making it as easy as she can for Joshua before he too learns the hard way. The tension continues to build as each piece of possible evidence is revealed in Ms. Shattuck’s well-crafted suspense. The line-up of potentially guilty characters expands throughout and will keep readers reevaluating the neighbors at every turn in the story. An intense and thoroughly engrossing read.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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