Tuesday, November 6, 2012

{Review} All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman

ISBN #: 978-1451652222
Page Count: 380
Copyright: August 2012
Publisher: Pocket Books

Book Summary:
(Taken from the back cover)

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 and found a semblance of peace.

That is, until the government blackmails him. After Jackson is forced to help the military contain the aftermath of a bizarre experiment gone violently wrong, everything he 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.

Mandy's Review:

I am a huge fan of sarcasm. It is the main source of humor for me. So, when I began reading All Seeing Eye and saw how sarcastic Jackson was, I fell in love with his character. I laughed so many times I lost count.

Jackson had a horrible home-life growing up. His mother was married to a lazy man who liked to hit Jackson. Jackson took care of his younger twin sisters because his mom was too busy working to effectively be a nurturing mother while Jackson's step-father just sat on his butt all day drinking beer and watching television. One incident forever changed Jackson's life.

As an adult, Jackson has a profitable business as a psychic. He can read people just by touching their skin or something they've had in their possession for a long time. This ability has attracted the attention of the military ... although there's a stronger connection to the military than Jackson realizes at first. Hector blackmails Jackson into helping him stop a murderer, but over the course of the investigation, Jackson and Hector begrudgingly become friends. They both have a sarcastic wit that helps them deal with stressful and undesirable situations.

All Seeing Eye had a bit of a slow start with setting Jackson's background, which lasted a couple of chapters, but once it hit upon his adult life the story began flowing. Rob Thurman is an excellent author and has definitely become one of my must-reads. His style of storytelling is unique and witty. He supplies twists and turns at moments when you least expect them. I was kept entertained and did not want to put the book down. I highly recommend this novel to all of you suspense-lovers out there.

*A paperback copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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