Deidre's Secret by Terry Lee Wilde
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary; YA; Paranormal
Length: Full (224 pages)
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon
When Deidre Roux has premonitions of danger, watch out! Faced with thwarting bank robbers and protecting others from the high school bully, she must reveal her secret to her new friend, Mark Cummings. Can she convince him that she truly sees a world of imminent danger headed their way before it's too late?
Not only must Mark deal with Deidre’s premonitions, which he has a hard time believing, but his convicted uncle has returned home. Humor, suspense, and conflict rule the day as Deidre’s crazy aunt tries to do a true crime story on Mark's uncle. Deidre attempts to keep her aunt out of it before she gets mixed up in the much darker business of robberies and murder—her own, if she’s not careful.
Deidre's premonitions are her gift, as well as her secret; because just how uncool is it to have visions? In Deidre's Secret, our heroine's second sight becomes entirely plausible because it is oh-so annoying!
When sixteen-year-old Deidre has a vision that is hard to interpret and she ends up blasting blatantly through the teacher's lounge for reasons she cannot rationally explain, we begin to sympathize. And, since she always has the best of intentions, her problems make her an entirely likable character.
She has some typical teen issues; she hardly even dares dream of a date what with her 'second site;' guys are not interested in girl's as weird as she. She does have a pretty understanding brother, Charlie, and a couple good friends besides, and tries to put the whole dating idea out of mind. That is, until drop dead gorgeous Mark Cummings, the new guy, sits right next to her.
She'd like to be a normal teenager, getting the chance to drive a car, daydreaming in history, and although she makes light of her situation, readers will find they are rooting for her from the first. She has ordinary teem frustrations (like wishing her brother would date who she wants). Then her vision of a dark and stormy night becomes not an unkind memory, but her darkest predication yet; Deidre senses a more personal danger. This ushers in real chills. Her usual second sight gives way to a real nightmare vision that turns into...but that would be telling!
Most of the dialog is zippy and offers insight into characters. Deidre is a strong, funny, and interesting character, and some secondary characters are also super. Auntie Mae - from red hair to orange lipstick, absolutely leaps from these pages. The level of action slides from fast-paced to more reflective, and back. The ho-hum of school contrasts nicely with the moments of sheer terror.
Overall, Deidre's Secret is funny, original and steadily builds intrigue throughout. It certainly engenders a bit of sympathy for those who might not quite fit in.
This is a powerful and engaging story and has more than enough to interest an adult reader, as well as young adults. 4 books