Third Eye by Rick R. Reed ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

thirdeyeTitle: Third Eye

Author: Rick R. Reed

Narrator: Chad Tindale

Publisher: DSP Publications

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Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 03/30/2015

Length: 08 hours 57 minutes

Genre: Horror

Summary:

Who knew that a summer thunderstorm and his lost little boy would conspire to change single dad Cayce D’Amico’s life in an instant? With Luke missing, Cayce ventures into the woods near their house to find his son, only to have lightning strike a tree near him, sending a branch down on his head. When he awakens the next day in the hospital, he discovers he has been blessed or cursed—he isn’t sure which—with psychic ability. Along with unfathomable glimpses into the lives of those around him, he’s getting visions of a missing teenage girl.

When a second girl disappears soon after the first, Cayce realizes his visions are leading him to their grisly fates. Cayce wants to help, but no one believes him. The police are suspicious. The press wants to exploit him. And the girls’ parents have mixed feelings about the young man with the “third eye.”

Cayce turns to local reporter Dave Newton and, while searching for clues to the string of disappearances and possible murders, a spark ignites between the two. Little do they know that nearby, another couple—dark and murderous—are plotting more crimes and wondering how to silence the man who knows too much about them.

Story Review:

Rick R. Reed is one of those talented writers who can spin thrilling tales across many different sub-genres. Currently he mostly writes romance novels, but in the past he focused on horror stories.
Third Eye is one of Reed’s earlier horror stories, first published in 2008. His style has changed since then, I wouldn’t call it better or worse, just different.
In this story Cayce D’Amico gets psychic powers after being hit on the head by a tree branch. He then uses these talents to help locate the dead body of a missing girl. Unfortunately this puts him in the way of the pair of serial killers and his own son gets kidnapped.
The story went quickly with lots of action and kept on me on the edge of the seat until the very end.
Third Eye is written in omniscient third person so there’s a fair amount of head hopping. That’s not what I normally like, but here it was done well. I don’t think the story could’ve just been told just from Cayce’s perspective and it was interesting to be in the head of one of the serial killers, as well as Cayce’s son and other victims.
If you enjoy scary thrillers I definitely recommend this one.
4 stars

Narration Review:

Chad Tindale did an incredible job narrating this novel. One of the reasons the head hopping worked was because he was able to provide distinct styles for all of the different characters. They weren’t clichéd accents or over the top, but subtle nuances that made it clear a transition had occurred.

Links

Third Eye on Goodreads
DSP Publications
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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