Wednesday, April 17, 2013

All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman

Picking up a small pink shoe from the grass forever changed young Jackson Lee’s life. Not only did its presence mean that his sister Tessa was dead—murdered and stuffed in the deep, black water of a narrow well—but the shoe itself told him so. 
Tessa’s death triggers an even more horrific family massacre that, combined with this new talent he neither wants nor can handle, throws Jack’s life into a tailspin. The years quickly take him from state homes to the streets to grifting in a seedy carnival, until he finally becomes the cynical All Seeing Eye, psychic-for-hire. At last, Jackson has left his troubled past behind him and found a semblance of peace. 
That is, until the government blackmails him. Helping the military contain the aftermath of a bizarre experiment gone violently wrong, everything Jackson knows about himself will change just as suddenly as it did with his little sister’s shoe.
And while change is constant...It’s never for the better.
Jackson's story is the background to this mystery. It starts with how he got his powers of psychometry and how he deals with it in his life. The way the story of his life unfolds is a bit different than what we are used to in these stories. Instead of having it laid out before us, we are often playing catch-up, but nothing is missed. Even though there were times you knew you were missing information, you knew it was coming since this book is not part of a series. I actually enjoyed the way information was doled out. Made you pay attention.

There are more than one murder mystery within this thriller book. A lot of twists and turns within trying to solve it and also trying to figure out who to trust and who to not. I found the twists easily solved, but it did not deter my enjoyment of the tale. I found the journey even more entertaining than solving those twists. I also enjoyed the characters in this book. Especially Jackson, the good anti-hero with a lot of snark who will worm his way into your heart... eventually. :) I really enjoyed Jackson.

The ending of this book was probably my favorite part of this book. I won't spoil a thing, but it was quite satisfying and exactly what I wanted to "see". I would recommend the book on the basis of that ending. I also give this book 4 1/2 stars. It's an entertaining read especially for those that like mystery and thrillers.
I received this book from Pocket Books and no compensation for my review was given.

19 comments:

  1. Huh. I knew nothing about this series before now. But I adore books about psychometry ever since I read the Corine Solomon series and I'm very curious to see how Thurman handled it. I'm glad it all worked so well for you, especially the ending, and I'll add it to my tbr right away.
    Great review, my friend.

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    1. Oh I do think you'll enjoy it. It was a perfect ending for me anyway. :D

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  2. Oh I didn't know this book but I have this author is my wishlist, well or I think so but not this one. I definitely need to try the books.

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    1. Oh this author is now on my wishlist and I want to read the rest of her work. :)

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  3. Ooh, sounds like one I would enjoy -- even though UF is my go-to genre, I do so adore a great mystery (though I usually can't figure out whodunit to save my life! I'd make a crappy detective.).

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    1. It has a sort of UF quality to it since there is a paranormal aspect to it. It's just set in our world. :)

      BTW, I couldn't detect anything unless it was in a book or movie. LOL

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  4. Liking both the look and sound of this one. What a great cover, very eerie don't you think?

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    1. Ah and there is a reason for the house on the cover. :)

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  5. Oooo I want Jackson to worm his way into my heart Melissa! Snark wins me over every time, even if it takes the entire book:) Psychometry is such an interesting gift for someone to have, I love stories that feature it. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Oh yea... you'll LOVE Jackson! I do think you'll enjoy this book.

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  6. I love books with psychometry it is such a cool gift. I am always up for a good thriller with lots of twists and turns even if some of there you can solve easily. I could also use some snark. Love that high rating! THanks for the recommendation.

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    1. Yes, I do think you'd like this one. You'd love his snark!

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  7. You know when authors can make the plot flow with good lots of plot turns I can totally stay in the book. As long as it doesn't get confusing. Not to mention the satisfying ending.. Hmmm, I may have to read this soon.

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    1. Not confusing at all and I loved the ending. I do think you'd enjoy this one... especially at the end. ;)

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  8. I still haven't read a Thurman book, maybe one day

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  9. Ooo, I like mystery and thrillers and I quite enjoyed a few other books by Rob Thurman! Might give it a go! :-)

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  10. I've not read any of Rob's books either. I do need to get to her books though. And this one sounds so good as a mystery. :) Thank you!

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  11. I do believe I have some of his books but they were later in a series and I never got the first ones so I haven't read them. But your high rating has me thinking he's definitely an author to try!

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  12. I love going into a story and knowing it will have an amazing ending. Glad you enjoyed this so much, I'll have to check it out. Wonderful review!

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