Seeing Evil by Jason Parent
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.
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 into a knot or takes somebody’s head off – he misses the appeal). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.
We start this story as Samantha Reilly is at a murder-suicide scene where she meets Michael Turcotte after the deaths of his parents. Eleven years later, Michael has been in several foster homes and is just trying to stay invisible to the bullies in school. But we find him face first in a toilet at the hands of a bully. This leads him to see a vision of a kid killing another kid at school. He tries to tell Samantha, whom he has stayed in contact with all these years, but she doesn’t believe him. When the kid is killed she has a change of mind.
Then Michael has a vision of Samantha going to be killed and a girl killing her father. Tessa Masterson’s father is a horrible person that abuses her and uses her when he does various activities. It’s going to be up to Michael and Samantha to free or stop Tessa from taking care of her father.
This is a wonderful thriller. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for both Michael and Tessa. I can’t stand bullies and abuse and I feel bad for anyone that has to live with it. Christopher is pure evil and I wanted him to die. What he puts Tessa through is pure hell.
This is the first book of Jason Parent’s that I have read and it won’t be my last. If you are looking for a great thriller you need to check this book out.
I received Seeing Evil from Candid Book Reviews for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.