This book was a police procedural/thriller/psychological horror story-it doesn't neatly fit into any category except for: "damn fine read".
I usually don't get into the plot too much, since the synopsis already does that, but (briefly)- this is a story about a "hard as nails" police detective, (Samantha), who helps to rescue a boy, (Michael), from a murder scene and then kind of keeps an eye on him as he grows up in the foster family system. Fast forward to his early teens and the discovery that when he touches certain people, he sees visions of their deaths and the visions come true.
As we've seen in stories like The Dead Zone by The King, people that have these kinds of visions rarely do well and young Michael is no exception. What happens when he sees in his visions a young girl about to kill her father and another where Samantha, the only stable thing in his life, is about to die? You'll have to read this book to find out.
This story had excellent pacing, great characters and moments that were truly chilling. I think where Jason Parent's writing really shined was in his description and characterization of the villain, Christopher Masterson. This dude was a bad guy in every sense. I've read about a LOT of bad guys, but this one was right up there with the worst deviants of all time.
The only issues I had with the story were with believability-there were two sections where I think my suspension of disbelief was stretched to the max. I'm having a little trouble overlooking them, so I deducted one star as a result.
Overall, this was a fun and suspenseful thriller and one that I have no trouble recommending to fans of such. Jason is a good author and I can't wait to see what else he has in store for us in the future.
*I received a free copy of this book via Red Adept Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This is it.*
Recommended to fans of thrillers and psychological horror!