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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Blind Sight by Susan Shay

Blind Sight by Susan Shay
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Fantasy, Holiday
Length: Full (385 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Cassie Reynolds is channeling the dreams of a serial killer. But without the resources to stop him—if she's able to discover who he is—how can she succeed? Only cynical Keegan Flynn, who believes in nothing and no one, has the tools needed to complete her gift. Will Cassie be able to make Keegan believe in time, or will Christmas this year be murder?
“Everyone has a little psychic ability.” Also, “Fear is given to us for a reason.” These two concepts propel this pulse-pounding suspenseful romance into high gear from page one. The author disappears and the characters take control and transport the reader to Stone Hill, Texas. There the reader is privy to Cassie Reynolds’s and Keegan Flynn’s innermost thoughts.

Both Cassie and Keegan struggle to overcome the affects of their dysfunctional families. Cassie tries with all her might to keep a protective wall around herself to ward off the pain and suffering of others she experiences when her guard is down or when someone touches her. However, when Keegan, with his “melted chocolate” voice comes in, the room gets brighter and the air has an effervescent quality for her.

When Keegan, a hard-nosed investigative reporter, arrives following his “gut feelings” that his sister Miriam needs him, he finds her best friend Cassie is supposedly a psychic though she tries to keep it quiet. He is sure she is a fraud and sets in to debunk her. Influenced by a miserable childhood after his parents fell for a cult fraud that took all their money and their compassion for him, he believes in nothing. Skeptical of Cassie’s psychic abilities, he is alarmed at the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical connection he has with her. He remains determined to debunk her but every fiber of his being longs for her.

Susan Shay does a superb job of foreshadowing with some red herrings that keep the reader guessing. Her pithy phrases keep the dialogue and descriptions vibrant. Cassie’s mother “wouldn’t understand the necessity for oxygen if she wasn’t going to breathe it”. Now that is selfishness personified! A whimsical phase on Cassie’s t-shirt says “Put on your big girl panties and deal with it” which gives a light touch to a serious matter she is forcing herself confront.

The numerous secondary characters are well developed. They interact with Cassie and Keegan to create a world inhabited with flawed characters. While they support each other, they also fail each other at times in a remarkably realistic manner. Miriam, Keegan’s sister, is the catalyst for pivotal events that propel the plot along.

Dark fantasy creeps in as visions and the workings of a warped mind make the happenings ominous and horrifying. THEN the love scenes make the heart skip a beat and take the breath away and even surprise at times—compelling.

At the climax when all physical defenses are gone in a life and death struggle, all that remains is the psychic ability to reach out and connect for help. Blind Sight makes the adrenaline pump double time. It is a story that gets a grip and will not let go until it is finished. GOOD READING!