This exciting paranormal thriller is the third title I have read by Rick R. Reed and just one of the reasons he is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
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.
First Edition published as Deadly Vision by Quest by RCE, January 2008.
Please note that this story contains brief descriptions of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence, as well as detailed scenes of kidnapping.
With a chilling prologue that grips the reader by throat and doesn’t let go until the very last pages of the story, Third Eye is a terrifying roller-coaster ride of a thriller that kept me riveted and on the edge of my seat until the end.
The reader is introduced to the hero, Cayce D’Amico, as he is preparing dinner in his kitchen and a fierce thunderstorm brews outside. When he attempts to bring his son Luke in from playing outside, he realizes Luke is no longer in the yard and sets off to find him. During his search, lightning strikes a nearby tree, causing a branch to fall and strike Cayce in the head. Upon awakening, he discovers he has psychic abilities, including seeing visions of two crimes that have recently taken place in his small town. Desperate for answers, he enlists the help of reporter Dave Newton and begins a terrifying search for the truth in his second sight ability, unearthing new dangers with every step.
Thus begins the horrifying chain of events that comprises the majority of the book. Through a well-crafted third person omniscient voice, Mr. Reed takes the reader through Cayce’s frightening journey as he attempts to share his visions and to come to terms with what they mean for the victims and their families, as well as for his safety and that of his son. Dreadfully close are the perpetrators of the gruesome crimes Cayce “sees,” and the reader is given graphically clear detail of the villains, their movements, and their grisly activities, ratcheting up the suspense and drama as the atrocities and the fear of imminent peril become strikingly real.
This is a paranormal thriller and reads as such. Though there is a sprinkling of m/m romantic interest, the focus of the story is mainly on the crimes and Cayce’s involvement in the investigations. Both main and secondary characters are authentic, well developed, and play vital roles within the plot, and periphery characters are also carefully drawn and provide impetus for the movement of the story. However, Mr. Reed’s ability to grab the reader at the get-go and then provide an incredible, nail-biting experience stands out as the star of the show. Though some of the character actions towards the end are a bit questionable, the vivid descriptions, fast-paced plot, and bone-chilling events keep the pages turning and the imagination running through the entire tale.
I highly recommend this gripping spine-chiller and look forward to piling more of Mr. Reed’s titles upon my shelves.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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