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- ASIN : B0042P5DA6
- Publication date : September 11, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1302 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,542 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story revolves around Anna St. Thais - an orphan who knew little of her father or her mother. She was, instead, raised in an orphanage of her namesake. When a trucker kidnaps her to rape and murder her, Anna is rather surprised to hear voices in her head - voices which respond and manage to rescue her. It turns out that Anna, and her lineage, are telepathic and she managed to communicate with a small, hidden community of similarly powered individuals that live in the South. From there, Anna learns to be a part of the community while still trying to understand the people she shares blood with as well as answer some nagging questions about her abilities - and her past.
Anna is an interesting narrator and protagonist. The author does an excellent job working her out to be both realistic and interesting. She is fun to experience the world through as well as to delve in to in depth. Anna's innate sense of curiosity is accented by her doggedness to answer the questions that she develops about the community.
The author's true love, however, is with the Cajun culture and the land of the south. You are literally swimming in it throughout the novel and it quickly becomes evident that the author is an expert - either through life experience or extensive research. She clearly loves the culture and land of the south and it shows in her exploration of it through Anna's eyes. She even makes Anna an outsider to start with so that you get that feeling of what it might be like to be exposed to such a diverse place through the eyes of a similar outsider. I have no idea how a reader from the south might react to the descriptions and ideals explored in this novel, but, as a Michigander, I enjoyed it immensely when I could understand.
That being said, sometimes the descriptions of the local flavor are too extensive or mired in their imagery, making it hard for a non-native to track precisely what the author is going for. This does not happen often, but it happens often enough so as to detract from the reading experience.
The only major obstacle that I experienced in reading the book is the pacing. Things move quickly, which in a thriller or a mystery can be a good thing. Unfortunately, this backfired at the climax of the story - we got to the Climax and it appeared as though the individual responsible for the crimes Anna is pursuing came out of nowhere. There were a few hints, but not a lot of development on that end of the mystery part of the novel which made it feel a bit rushed and a bit too extended.
On the whole, veiled eyes is a lot of fun to read and worth it's current price point (free) up to the `discount' kindle rate of $2.99.
Value: 3/5 (At Free)
Total rating: 3.6/5
Deciding the only way to get to her destination is to hitchhike; big mistake. A seemingly nice and harmless trucker had other plans. Now because of this trucker, Anna’s life is in peril. As she prays for her life and the trucker drives closer to the Louisiana location she is drawn to; a voice begins to talk to her. Thinking she is going crazy she fights the pain of being tied up and the voice. The voice convinces her it can help her and rescue her. Unaware she discovers she can communicate with the voice.
The descriptions and narration of the story by the author made me feel as though I was right there with Anna. I became very engrossed in the storyline, the surroundings, emotions, the horror, and intrigue.
I loved the quotations at the beginning of each chapter which draws the reader in to wonder what was to come; very effective. The whole story felt real and true, as though the author had experienced life in this unique place and family community. I have never lived or visited the south. However, the author’s narrative drew me in over and over. There were only a few times when it seemed the descriptive narration pace was dragging, but I continued to read on simply because I could envision every scene of the bayou and the author kept drawing me back in wanting to see what would happen next.
Lake People is an excellent read, with twists and turns, treachery and turmoil, love and hate, the strength of family and family betrayal. I would recommend it to readers who believe in parapsychological gifts like premonition and telepathy, the strength of family and love, which I do.
I look forward to reading C.L. Bevill’s, Book 2 in the ‘Lake People’ series “Disembodied Bones.”
Top reviews from other countries
Anna St. Thais is a character I wanted to like. Unfortunately, I found her to be rather naive and annoying at times. She does some really idiotic things. She is an orphan living in Texas and working as a mechanic, but has had visions of a strange place and a young man she has never met with similar coloured eyes as herself. Drawn by the pull of the visions, she finds herself travelling across the country in an attempt to locate him.
Gabriel Bergeron is an interesting character and I liked him a lot more than Anna. He works as a fishing guide on the bayous near to the town of Unknown that houses the clan of Lake People. Psychically linked to Anna since her puberty, he is intrigued by her life in a land completely different to his own. As their link draws her closer to him, he is horrified when she is kidnapped by a psychotic truck driver.
Amazon actually recommended this book to me way back in 2012. I downloaded it, but didn't read it until recently due to my large reading list.
I started to read it and was quickly hooked. However, as I said above about Anna's character, I found myself wanting to either shake her or smack her for being so idiotic. Okay, I get she didn't have much money, but hitch-hiking is risky, especially for a lone woman. What I don't get is that she has a psychic link to Gabriel, but not any type of clairvoyance? What about woman's intuition? However, I think you don't have to be psychic to know that hitch-hiking across the country is a bad idea. Having said that, this part of the story was well written and I connected to Anna emotionally as she faced the harsh reality of her situation.
This story takes the reader on a huge emotional roller coaster ride. There is mystery, danger and romance aplenty. There are several twists to keep a reader guessing and the story had a dark feel to it at times, which had shivers creeping over my skin. There is a thrilling mystery surrounding the Bayou, the citizens and Anna's mother's past. The citizens of Unknown are wary of strangers, even one that looks much like them. I must admit that I did like Camille, Gabriel's sister, and her family. As the story reached its climax, I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to see more of Goujon, the giant catfish that haunts the lake and protects the Lake People. However, he may appear later on in the series. I did feel that the story plot near the end was not as strong as it should have been, though other readers may disagree. I reached the end of the book with mixed feelings. I enjoyed the story, but am not sure if I will continue with the series.
C.L. Bevill has written an intriguing start to the series. I loved her writing style, which is not particularly fast paced, but it still had me turning the pages to find out what happened next. The flow felt a little jerky at times as scenes transitioned, but for the most part it flowed well.
Due to mention of some violence (although not graphic), I do not recommend this book to young readers. I do, however, recommend this book if you love reading supernatural/paranormal thrillers/romances. - Lynn Worton
A young traveller who was raised in an orphanage is hitchhiking and accepts a lift from a friendly trucker. This man is not as friendly as she thought, he drugs her, handcuffs her to the bed in the cab of his truck which has pictures on the wall of all the other girls he has abducted and murdered before.
Then she hears a frantic voice in her head asking where she is and what road is she on, he is coming to rescue her!
The story that follows is her encounter with a group of people, all related, that has Amber eyes, black hair, and an ability to talk to each other by just thinking. Just like herself.
Excellent page turner.
This book is a ride
Anna is an orphan and doesn't realize she is related to a group of people (Lake People)
who can communicate with each other by telepathy. She also doesn't realize that Gabriel
is her "soul mate", though he is aware of it.
When Gabriel and other Lake People rescue her from a life threatening situation and take her
home, she has to try and discover the truth about her parents and learn how to use her special powers
of telepathy. Not all the Lake People are happy to see her or want to help her uncover secrets they would prefer
to stay secret.
I didn't guess "the baddie" and I liked the way the relationship developed between feisty,
independent Anna and Gabriel, who is annoyed by her seeming indifference to him.
Definitely worth a read, well written and good editing. I would read more books by this author.