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About the Author
- Jeremiah Healy --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B001JJBLSQ
- Publisher : Polaris Press (October 29, 2008)
- Publication date : October 29, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 611 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 284 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,498 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jeff is about to start a new job in NYC when he's mugged and left for dead. Four days in a coma as a John Doe until he's able to give his name. A traumatic braIn injury necessitates that he not be alone so he 'temporarily' moves into his brother's in Buffalo.
Aside from headaches and trying to recover he also has visions, senses things others can't. This leads him to almost witnessing a murder but who would believe this, not the police. As he's trying to recover his physical and emotional life, Jeff becomes entwined in trying to solve a gruesome murder.
Great writing, characters, story - bring on more!!!!
First, why did he have those dreams in the first place? If every person with the ability would be randomly attacked by vision of every murder, unrelated to them and uncalled for, imagine what terrible life they would have!
Second, he had dreams of a deer being killed in a field, but that's all he really had, involuntarily. After that, an occasional murder he sees reports of in the paper gets associated with that deer in his mind, and somehow he feels it his responsibility to investigate it. Nobody in their right mind launches investigation of murder they read about in the news. This all is silly. Show me a psychic who would do it, just for the heck of it. They won't.
However, if a real psychic needs to learn something, they would not go around interviewing people, they should be able to find out all they need - psychically. This one goes and bugs people with idiotic questions, and keeps doing it even then police and his brother's lawyer told hem to get off the case.
The guy is bored, not very bright, terribly immature (a spoilt teenager - at hit 38!!), and he is mad at his brother for being rich while he himself is dirt poor. Like a proverbial dog that bites the hand that feeds him. Very annoying.
Don't even want to say anything about quality of writing. Well, it sounds like a script for a movie. I doubt anybody would want to make a movie of it, though.
So after my last read, I decided to take a trip down memory lane to the first ebook I downloaded. This one. Based on the time stamp, I downloaded this via the Kindle app months before I bought a physical Kindle. Given my relative lack of discrimination in downloading books back then, my expectations were low.
This book smashed my expectations. Into smithareens. Whatever those are.
The characters are compelling, the back story tangible and touching, plot development engaging. Buffalo is a new setting for me in literature, another interesting aspect. And it's the first in a series. Win win! Like Lucky Charms, surprisingly delicious. Recommended for mystery/drama lovers.
I didn’t particularly enjoy the “psychic detective” aspect of the book as it feels like it has been done many times before and in the best of books it is patently ridiculous. The story would have been better if he just used his intellect (and his brother’s connections) to solve the crime.
I liked Jeff as a character, particularly because of his flaws. The relationship between Jeff and his brother Richard was believable and well rounded, but Richard’s girlfriend Brenda was a bit underdeveloped.
This was a good debut novel and I look forward to reading more from this author.
Each character had a level of depth that you rarely find in books nowadays. I especially liked Jeff (the main character) and found myself cracking up at almost all of his unspoken thoughts (and a few of his spoken ones too lol). Almost everyone had an interesting and not-so-picture-perfect past that made the story even more believable.
Now I'm not saying that the story itself was not good as it was well written (with very few instances of flawed grammar). It's just that for me, the characters are what really made it memorable. Definitely worth the read and the next installment doesn't look bad either.
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Before he even leaves hospital his newly found psychic abilities have started, albeit unknown to Jeff, in the form of vivid dreams. It is only after he has left the hospital though that the "dreams" take on more significance when he realises he has "witnessed" the death of a local, rather unpopular, banker. Although his brothers partner Brenda is very receptive of his new abilities, he has a little more trouble convincing his half brother, although he does help him in his investigations to find out just who, out of a long list, is the killer.
I really enjoyed this book, which I downloaded for free, and the character development came along nicely. Would recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries without too much gore or bad language..
His unorthodox methods create problems for Jeff, the biggest one of which is getting people to take him seriously. He has extra battles to fight along the way, starting with his brother's concerns about his health, the sceptisicm of the police, the victim's family are not impressed and of course, there is always the possibility that the killer is going to create his biggest headache. He is not in a position to be able to defend himself well given the injuries he is carrying from a violent assault at the beginning of the book. Jeff and his brother, walk a tight line as they are unfortunate enough to find the remains of victims which automatically makes them suspects.
This book held my attention enough to keep me awake quite late but as I was enjoying the read, I didn't mind that. The ending holds out hope for the future but also a knowledge that this cannot be the end. . .
His older step-brother is a somewhat conflicted character who has not yet worked out how to deal with his inherited wealth. He would happily share it with Jeff, but he is too proud to accept help. Interestingly Richard's partner is a black woman which could prove to be more of a problem in the following books?