Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Review: Tuesday's Child (Psychic Visions #1) by Dale Mayer

Synopsis (Goodreads):
What she doesn’t exactly what he needs.

Shunned and ridiculed all her life for something she can’t control, Samantha Blair hides her psychic abilities and lives on the fringes of society. Against her will, however, she’s tapped into a killer—or rather, his victims. Each woman’s murder, blow-by-blow, ravages her mind until their death releases her back to her body. Sam knows she must go to the authorities, but will the rugged, no-nonsense detective in charge of tracking down the killer believe her?

Detective Brandt Sutherland only trusts hard evidence, yet Sam’s visions offer clues he needs to catch a killer. The more he learns about her incredible abilities, however, the clearer it becomes that Sam’s visions have put her in the killer’s line of fire. Now Brandt must save her from something he cannot see or understand…and risk losing his heart in the process.

As danger and desire collide, passion raises the stakes in a game Sam and Brandt don’t dare lose.
My Thoughts:  This is one of those lovely, dark books that's gruesome and bloody and just somehow hits the spot.  Sam is isolated and lonely and her visions are sapping the strength from her.  The saddest thing is that she doesn't know how to help herself.  She's managed to keep herself on a relatively even keel but she's on the verge of breaking - both physically and mentally.

Who wouldn't be, really, when they're forced to live the last moments of different women's lives?  Painful, hopeless, agonizing moments that Sam can't escape.  Yeah, I feel for the girl.  She's a mess through no fault of her own and when she tries to do the right thing and alert the police she gets stepped on and ridiculed.  Watching her slowly allow Brandt into her life is a slow, sweet ride.  It doesn't hurt that Brandt is a decent guy.  He's not completely sold on the validity of Sam's ability but he treats her with respect.

In the end, this is Sam's story.  It's about her coming to terms with her gift and learning to control it.  Dale Mayer has crafted a believable world and likeable characters that just happen to end up splattered with blood at the end of a long night.  A highly enjoyable read.

More books by Dale Mayer

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge
Tuesday's Child was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. Sounds like it's a really good read.