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The Third Eye

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  3,127 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
When Karen closes her eyes, the visions come. Through time and space, she sees a place where stolen children sleep. And if Karen denies a young policeman’s request for help, the children may never go home again.
Paperback, 220 pages
Published April 1st 1984 by Laurel Leaf
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Joe Valdez
My Lois Duncan jag continues with The Third Eye, a supernatural thriller first published in 1984 and revised by the author in 2012 with superficial updates including what the Young Adult reader of today is wearing and how they're communicating. "Superficial" might be too strong for a book that dispenses with high school soap opera to plunge its eighteen year old heroine into existential dread involving ESP, an aloof mother, a mysterious young cop and a gang of kidnappers. It's a lightning fast a ...more
Viktoria Jean
Oct 28, 2007 Viktoria Jean rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 2-eyed beings
Shelves: ogle
[Note the date of publication. 1984, i wasnt even born yet! Oh well, its considerably a quite modern book anyway. ] There are three 'psychics' in this book, Karen Connors, Anne Summers and at the end of the story, Karen's mother who serves as a twist in this tale. It is an impressive and highly imaginative book. These three psychics can 'see' missing or already dead children screaming for them in their dreams. Although Mrs Connors regards this as a nightmare and a freak's show, Karen refused to ...more
Lady of the Lake
I actually went someplace without my iPhone without my
Kindle or nook without a book...aaaahhhh oh noooo! I started to get the shakes from reading withdrawal! I had a two hour wait time and While mid panic I remembered there were a couple of bags of books from my daughters shelves in the back of the car waiting to be dropped of at the local library for donation. I'm glad I hadn't dropped them off yet. I went through them and there is a whole collection of Lois Duncan books so I chose this one. It
I borrowed this book from a friend last week, not knowing much about it but thinking it looked pretty interesting. And it was interesting. The plot moved along quickly and kept me coming back for more. But the characters were dry and hard to picture. I never really figured out how old Ron was, and couldn't image the bond between him and Karen as a result. Karen was utterly, hopelessly dependent on others and what they wanted for her to do. She was also incredibly selfish-if you knew that you cou ...more
Feb 24, 2010 Sarai rated it really liked it
Product Description
High school senior Karen, who worries that her psychic powers will make her seem different from other people, is frightened at first when a young policeman asks her to use her gift to help the police locate missing children.

As stated in other Lois Duncan book reviews: I really enjoyed Lois Duncan's books; she was probably my favorite YA author. I have always enjoyed books with psychic phenomenon in them - ESP, ghosts, clairvoyance, etc - but it's so difficult to find them writ
Another great Lois Duncan thriller. I love these. I hope I never have to choose a favorite.

I see and appreciate the differences in writing style, coverage of material and the level and type of emotional stimulation among books written with various age groups as intended audiences. The time period that a book was written in can suggest similar differences as well. Sophistication and experiences of people of an age group has evolved and these books may be considered by some to lean toward the youn
Jul 23, 2015 Specialk rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
W. T. F.

Worst cop ever. Most goody goody heroine ever. Most annoying mother ever.

So many awards! I also feel like this book wouldn't have ever lived to see the light of day had it not been written by Duncan. I mean really?! Or am I just that out of touch with her books?
Devon Deckard
Sep 01, 2016 Devon Deckard rated it it was amazing
Third Eye- Lois Duncan

A blast from the past!

Growing up, I read a ton of Duncan. Struggling with dyslexia, I really didn't read a lot. We had A.R points to get and somehow in 7th grade, stressing in the library for a book that I could actually read and get my points in order to pass, I stumbled apon Duncan. She wrote ' I know what you did last summer' (yes, what the moves based on). Her titles and covered just drew my 13 year old attention. So i gambled and checked out Killing Mr. Griffin. I was
Julie Decker
Jul 06, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it
Karen has a somewhat fickle ability to sense what's happened to missing children once she's forged a connection with them, and after an incident where she found a missing boy went public, she finds herself constantly badgered by parents who want her help finding their kids too. Fearing for her own safety and mental health, Karen withdraws, but a young policeman convinces her to help locate one more child. Unfortunately, Karen has to vicariously experience some of what happened to the missing chi ...more
MariaElena Gutierrez
Feb 27, 2014 MariaElena Gutierrez rated it really liked it
What I thought about the book the third eye is that it created a lot of suspense by having the mom being so suspects in the whole book. What I think is the most interesting thing about the book was figuring out the effects for a girl to find out that she is psychic but doesn’t want to admit it. I would explain the book being a mystery and secretive all the time since the man character Karen doesn’t tell specifically where she goes with the police officer and why she goes. I think the book had si ...more
Halcyon Daze
Karen Connors has always been different from her classmates. She has a special ability - her "third eye," which lets her see things that nobody else can. She's always disliked her gift and has always tried to suppress it, until one day when a police officer named Rob Wilson asks for help in an investigation.

Karen Connors: Our main character is eighteen-year-old Karen, a senior in high school who graduates at some point in the book. She has a psychic ability where she's able to ju
Nov 17, 2010 Melissa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens and adults
An interesting story written in 1984. It's surprisingly not that 80's (thankfully) except for the lack of cell phone/modern technology. I'm interested in "mind reading" books lately and found this one on the shelf at the library. I hated the topic the author used to create drama, but it's a personal thing so most will probably not be bothered by that. Otherwise, it was a good, short little paranormal book.
Sam Martin
Oct 26, 2014 Sam Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Words can not describe the utter brilliance of this book. This book made me feel like I myself had a "Third Eye".

Have you ever read those books where you either know exactly whats going on to the point where it's dull or your so lost that even a pirate with an x-marks-the-spot map could not help you? This was NOT that book. It foreshadowed to the point where you think you know whats going on but then it would turn against you like a hurricane. Almost like a plot-twist but totally more awesome.
Feb 05, 2011 Katherine rated it it was amazing
This book is my favorite by Lois Duncan. I love the fact that she gave this girl a power that she didn't understand and then at the end helped her get through the pain and hardness of the power from with in her world. I love the fact that the girl worked through all the pain and hardship.
Aug 23, 2011 Natalie rated it really liked it
Ran out of books while watching my nephew. I read this years ago when I was actually a teen. It holds up pretty well. A quick read.
Coney Zealley
Jan 29, 2015 Coney Zealley rated it it was amazing
There's something that's just a little off about Karen, even though she's recently acquired a boyfriend that helped her shoot to the top of popularity. But when a babysitting gig goes bad, Karen realizes that she's more than a little different. She has the ability to find missing children. But is it a gift or a curse? Karen must decide if she will use it to help, or simply hide it away.
Very good! Suspenseful and a great mystery. Very well written, Lois Duncan is considered a master for a reason.
Nicole Pesce
Aug 11, 2016 Nicole Pesce rated it really liked it
Dusted this off for a re-read after learning last night that author Lois Duncan had passed away. I loved this book as a tween in Florida, especially because the main character reminded me a lot of myself at the time: Blond, brown-eyed, friendly and intelligent, but painfully shy. Oh, but she's also got a psychic gift that allows her to find missing children - and what awkward adolescent doesn't wish she also had something special hidden away inside of him or her? (Like, anyone who's ever enjoyed ...more
May 24, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
This was my FAVORITE book for many years in grade school. I was really nervous to re-read it because I didn't want to be disappointed. But I have to say that this book actually holds up really well. I felt like the story was tense and suspenseful, more of a thriller than a mystery. Yes, the characters are kind of underdeveloped and the dialogue leaves something to be desired. But I thought it was still a well-crafted story. I didn't remember anything at all about the actual plot of this book, bu ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Andrea Hussey
*plot spoilers
The book starts out with Karen at a baby-sitting job, and this is definitely a recurring theme in Duncan’s books, like the only job teenage girls can or want to get is babysitting. Another storyline would be greatly appreciated. And the writing is, as per usual, mundane, boring, and very average.

“It’s unnatural,” Karen’s mother had observed accusingly. “When I was your age, I was out at parties every weekend.”
“People don’t have ‘parties’ these days,” Karen had told her. “They have
Sep 06, 2011 Zhen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-2012
A mystery novel " The Third Eye" by Lois Duncan is about a eighteen year old girl, a babysitter, who has these feelings when Bobby, the person she's taking care of, goes missing. The feelings which Karen has seemed so true and real to her that which she felt like she was with him. Not even but she could even smell the place where Bobby was at. When she found out she told the police and they found Bobby and since that case the police came to Karen for a favor to find another missing girl. The po ...more
Brenda M
Apr 08, 2010 Brenda M rated it liked it
*The Third Eye: Book Review*

The book I’m reading right now is called the third eye and it’s about an 18 year old girl that could see images or pictures (of missing children) in her head/mind. I really like this book because it’s kind of mysterious and in a way, suspenseful. I recommend this book to people who like to read books that are kind of mysterious. There are 3 great reasons why you should read this book.
The first reason is that it’s suspenseful and you will really like it if you like
Apr 07, 2013 Abraham rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I was so drawn into it that my teacher had to throw a chalk at me to get my attention in class. I was reading it, because I just finished my math exam and I had nothing better to do. I was at an age where I was starting to read more supernatural and paranormal books over fantasy. This was one of the first books I read in the paranormal genre and it was pretty sweet. It had the suspense, mystery, and paranormal.

I realized everyone gives a synopsis of the books on th
Liseli Marisin
Oct 14, 2013 Liseli Marisin rated it really liked it

Goodreads Book Review on The Third Eye by Lois Duncan

One of the books I read during the summer was The Third Eye by Lois Duncan. It’s about a girl named Karen and she’s in high school. She's finally part of the popular crowd in school because she’s dating this guy, until a kid in her neighborhood that she is babysitting goes missing. And somehow she can “see” the missing child. They end up finding the missing child. Then she ends up going on this weird adventure to find missing babies and find
Apr 10, 2012 Monica rated it really liked it
Shelves: 420
ORAL PRESENTATION (additional book)
Eighteen-year-old Karen Connors is finally dating and starting to fulfill her mother's dreams for her when a child she (Karen) is babysitting disappears. After checking with neighbors, Karen calls the police but no headway is made in locating Bobby until Karen has a psychic vision that tells her where to look for him. Bobby is rescued from the trunk of a car (where he'd hidden in a game of hide-and-seek, but had been unable to get out again). Impressed by Karen
Nov 11, 2012 Joyce rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9th
Joyce 11/11/12
Advisory Ms. Poole
The Third Eye Little, Brown, 2012, 254 pp, $ 7.99
Lois Duncan ISBN-13: 978-0316099080 ISBN-10: 0316099082
Seeing things that other people can’t see is lucky but also unlucky. Karen, an ordinary high school senior, has an extraordinary “eye” that can aware where a stranger is just looking at a picture. What will this special ability bring to her? Fortune or ... failure?
The Third Eye is a great novel written by Lois Duncan. Karen gets the same gift from the god as
Amanda Grooms
Dec 21, 2015 Amanda Grooms rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I remember clearly getting this book for Christmas in 1992. I was on a Lois Duncan kick, and was obliged with most of her books to devour as gifts. Out of all of Lois Duncan's books, this was one of my all-time favorites! This and "The Stranger With My Face". Such good memories! And one of the first authors I read that dealt with adult issues in a way that was both accessible and appropriate for a middle school kid. I especially love the last line of the book! :)
Melissa Thornock
Apr 08, 2015 Melissa Thornock rated it liked it
So I started reading this book because I had forgotten to take my book with me while I had to sit in an OR waiting room for a couple hours. The waiting room have a some books for people to take and read. I grabbed this one because is was short and sounded intriguing. It isn't to bad of a book. A short read, with just enough excitement. I have never read one of Lois Duncan's books before, and I wouldn't be apposed to reading more.
Ally Whiting
Feb 07, 2014 Ally Whiting rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. It was such a mystery because you never knew when her 3rd eye would kick in. She was kidnapped, and the people who took her pretended to be family of hers and took her place at her job at the Daycare Center. She then escapes but finds the babies and kids that go to the daycare to be missing. She and a her friend that's a cop use whatever memories and pictures she's getting in her head to find these children, because one of the kidnapped babies is Ron Wilson (the cop's) ...more
Jul 17, 2013 Tamari rated it it was ok

I got the digital library version of this - updated with references to cell phones and the Internet. The story itself retained certain marks of 80s YA fiction though: the protagonist's only relationships are with her parents, boyfriend and employers. How are you supposed to flesh out a young character without looking beyond the love interest and her babysitting job? What is she interested in? What sets her apart aside from the psychic abilities the book focuses on? Lois Duncan's writing can be
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Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz) was an American writer and novelist, known primarily for her books for children and young adults, in particular (and some times controversially considering her young readership) crime thrillers. Duncan's parents were the noted magazine photographers Lois Steinmetz and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Saraso ...more
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