After moving to a new town, Heather Reiner struggles to keep her psychic abilities a secret and establish a sense of normalcy…at least for her overprotective mother’s sake.
But when Heather starts having terrifying visions of a missing boy, she can’t simply ignore them. This time she feels an inexplicable pull to solve the crime, and slowly begins to believe that her supernatural gifts could actually help others.
After meeting Barry, the cute boy next door, Heather uncovers a few interesting facts that might help unravel the mystery. She wants his help, but getting Barry involved also means exposing her “gifts” and potentially putting both their lives in danger.
Because if she’s not careful, these terrifying visions might be driving Heather straight into the killer’s lair.
So, it’s a good thing I was reading fiction, right? I really really enjoyed this book. The story centers around a teenage girl named Heather who sees things. If she touches someone or something that belonged to them, she sometimes sees visions of things that have happened to them. That makes her the perfect Nancy Drew.
Heather and her mom move to a new town to run from a town full of people that treated Heather like a freak because of her visions. You can guess the effect those people had on Heather. She must struggle to overcome her aloofness, trust issues, and other problems to solve a disappearance of a little boy that happened 10 years ago.
Spirits and what not mostly turn me off of books but I oddly liked the way Ms. Readnour handled it. Those were actually some of my favorite parts. As for characters, Heather was quite endearing when she wasn’t having an inner monologue about how she can’t open up to people. She did tend to repeat herself but I was able to get past that because the story was very good and I loved all of the secondary characters.
Ms. Readnour has this way of making us see what some of the other characters feel without over describing even though the entire book is from Heather’s POV.
Overall, I really did like this book. I give it a smidge over 4 beautiful stars and can’t wait to dig in to book 2!
If you're seventeen-year-old Hether Reiner, you seek solitude, avoiding friends and any kind of social life. When her mother movies her to a new town, she hopes that somehow, she can find a way to fit in. But when she realizes that one of the former residents of their house was a small boy who was brutally murdered, a heinous crime that has gone unsolved for ten years, Heather must find a way to use her gifts to find the boy's killer before another child meets the same fate.
Kimberly Readnour's writing style pulls you right in, making the story very difficult to put down. You feel the emotion, the heartache, the awkwardness of being a teenager in every paragraph, but who also imbues Heather with a moral code that allows her to place the welfare of others above her own needs. And, of course, no teenage heroine should be without a handsome boy to draw strength from. Though her friendship with her handsome neighbor and classmate Barry does add a worthwhile dimension to the story, The story never loses its balance between the characters and the plot, which moves along at a brisk pace.
I will certainly be reading the second book in this series, and would recommend this story to any who love paranormal thrillers.