Flashes

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Flashes
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Release Date
October 27, 2015
ISBN
9780545829595
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A brilliant detective thriller with a supernatural twist! Charley has visions... Flashes of things she can't explain. A girl in trouble. The sound of trains. She feels certain they are clues to a crime. But no one will believe her. Until she meets Tom, a young policeman on his first case: an accidental death on the railway tracks, not far from where Charley lives. Was it an accident, suicide...or murder? The attraction between Charley and Tom is instant, but can they work together to find out what really happened on the tracks before it happens again?

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Plot 
 
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Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Who doesn't love a mystery? Well, I certainly do love a mystery and FLASHES proves to be no exception. But this book throws in psychic abilities and a few murders. I would definitely recommend this to fans of THE BODY FINDER. Though both main character's powers work differently, the conflict is similar.

One of the two narrators, Charley has visions she can't explain. It's a real downer to have the ability to see the death (and face) of a murder victim. It really sucks for Charley when no one (and that is to be expected) believes in her special powers other than her (dead) friend and Tom. Despite her outsider status, she manages to keep her head up and stay strong.

Tom, a young police constable who has quite a character/narrator, is on his first case. Accidentally, he runs into Charley and believes in her. Now, I enjoy the presence of love interest(s) in books, but I love (repetition: love) them when his/her (their) background is revealed in an amazing way. Tom, unfortunately, doesn't have much of a background, and honestly, when Charley and Tom talk together, they don't have much of a foundation other than Tom's faith in her psychic abilities and foresight. (Not to mention the age differences...) Still, I'm glad Charley has someone who is there for her.

The conflict is what truly draws me into the story. The mystery behind the murders (and all readers know they are all murders) and the killer's true identity keeps me turning the pages. Is the butler? Is the maid? Or is it the seemingly kind gentleman in the corner of the room? Well, it isn't exactly like that, but readers can be sure that there's a lot of red herrings and the killer who is too close to home (quite literally, actually).

The plot mainly focuses on the murders and the possible suspects. And not for a moment has Tim O'Rourke faltered in his writing. The romantic subplot is decent, but like I said before, it needs stronger connections between the two narrators.

The ending is the biggest headscratcher. It's the kind of ending that stays long after readers finish the book. Questions with little to no answers pop out like daisies, and a reread of the entire book is definitely on my to-do list. Still, the end is very enjoyable and satisfying, but also leaves potential sequels and loose ends hanging.

Overall, FLASHES is a great mystery novel with a psychic heroine and a young policeman. The murder mystery simply draws me in, and I absolutely love the red herrings. As for the killer... Intriguing and puzzling.

Rating: Three out of Five
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