Saturday, August 17, 2013

Can You Read My Mind?

First Visions (Second Sight #1) by Heather Topham Wood

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. 

Summary: Two years ago, 21-year-old Kate Edwards became deathly ill and slipped into a coma. While unconscious, she crept into the mind of a missing boy and awoke with the knowledge of his location. Friends and family were skeptical and wary of her new ability to see into the minds of others. Their fears prompted Kate to keep her psychic powers a secret. Feeling alienated, she dropped out of college and spent most of her days holed up at her mother's home. Now another child has been abducted. Police detective Jared Corbett seeks out Kate for her help in solving the case. Reluctantly, Kate agrees and they must work together to bring 8-year-old Cori Preston home to her family. Although attracted to one another, Jared has a girlfriend with ties to the abduction case and Kate is sarcastic and guarded since her coma. With visions she can't control and an uncontrollable attraction to the detective, she wonders if she can leave the past behind and finally stop hiding from the world. Otherwise, Cori may be lost forever.

Review: A story of a young girl troubled by an unwanted gift.

I liked that Kate's psychic abilities were a fluke and something that had no logical explanation. Meningitis is a serious disease with a fatality rate of at about 10% (depending on what type of meningitis it is) and certainly effects the body in unpleasant ways. Since psychic abilities make no logical sense, it's acceptable that meningitis cased it. I found it very logical that even though Kate used her abilities to help save a child, everyone was either skeptical of her (and thought she was faking) or wanted her help. It makes sense that Kate would want to hide her abilities.

I know Kate went through a traumatic event, but I wasn't a big fan of her character. She acted like a teenager instead of a 21 year old (although 21 year olds aren't always better than teenagers). I can understand why Jared would seek out Kate if he was desperate, but I don't understand their relationship or why is blossomed so quickly. Considering how hot Jared was and how Kate thought of herself, their relationship felt like wish fulfillment. I also wished the story focused more on Kate's ability than her attraction to Jared.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those who enjoy supernatural romances.

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