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It Begins (The Unseen, Part 1) Mass Market Paperback – August 18, 2005
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Grade 10 Up–Lucy is sure that someone is following her when she stumbles across a bruised and bloodied girl who passes on her psychic abilities just before dying. Now the teen is tormented by visions indicating that the killer is stalking her. Her only confidant is Byron, the murdered girl's handsome, brooding brother. At the end of part one, however, the two are involved in a car accident that leaves Byron dead and Lucy found clinging to life by her stalker. In the second installment, Lucy escapes after three unconscious days of captivity, but now must deal with the loss of Byron and an even stronger feeling of being haunted by someone, or something. So far, there are hints at a tortured, ancient soul with a vampirelike appetite and an ability to take on any physical form that he desires. While the author effortlessly builds suspense, the real mystery is why this is planned as a four-book series. Too much of the plot consists of Lucy braving one harrowing experience after another, often in a predictable sequence. Flat characters plague the books, with a new friend and romantic interest to replace the old ones when they die. While there's nothing new here, these books will likely appeal to Cusick's devoted fan base.–Emily Rodriguez, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
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About the Author
Richie Tankersley Cusick is the author of numerous horror novels, including The House Next Door, April Fools, and several Buffy the Vampire Slayer books. She lives in Lenexa, Kansas.
Top customer reviews
See, there's Lucy and of course we go down the same ole beaten path--her mother dies, she's never known her father, she's goes to live with her Aunt in the little town where everybody knows everybody, yada... yada....yada.... Oh yeah, and her cousin is spiteful hateful B****. So, in the beginning we have this really strange prologue with this weirdo guy talking about how some chick found out about him and despite the fact that he loved her, he had to kill her (I would like to point out that I never found the point where it was mentioned or shown in the rest of the novel where he loved her in any way), then we're thrust into this scene with Lucy walking and being followed then she's in an open grave with a girl who's dying and she touches her and gives her this weird gift.... Umm, yeah, ok! Then there's a bunch of random events that fail to raise any interest on my part (if hadn't been such a small book I wouldn't have been able to finish).
For me it was very staccato--meaning there was no flow. It was like an endless array of adjectives. The descriptions were seriously over exaggerated. I prefer more showing and less describing but that's just me. The character development wasn't too bad but there wasn't any one character that stood out to me or even interested me for that matter. I understand a lot of really bad things were happening to Lucy but she simply came across as severely paranoid and irritating. Then there was the ending that made no sense and left me no information or intrigue to continue with the series.
But if you are into supernatural tales, I would highly recommend this series. The books are not long and they have a writing style that is aimed to appeal to a younger audience, yet the story is also quite dark and has undertones and subtext that older teens and adults could appreciate.
The books are fastpaced, interesting, and actually creepy. I read lots of adult horror novels and books but I still found this book series fascinating. The story pulled me in and I read each book in a matter of two or three days, and that was only because I forced myself to put the book down - every chapter ends with something that makes you want to keep reading.
While reading these books, I am able to perfectly imagine everything that happens as though I'm actually seeing it. The characters are interesting and you care about what happens to them, which makes you feel more into the story when something bad may happen to them. And the stories are able to be creepy because you don't really know what's happening, you don't know who the villain is. The atmosphere is just very well constructed.
So basically, I'd HIGHLY recommend this if you're looking for a fast read and you like suspense/horror. If you have negative feelings about the story based on other reviews here and the plot, then don't read it. If you think it's gonna be bad, it probably will be. But I bought it without knowing a THING about it and now this series is one of my favorites. I enjoyed this more than any Stephen King novel, but hey, maybe that's just me.