Major Crimes Detective Samantha Reilly prefers to work alone—she’s seen as a maverick, and she still struggles privately with the death of her partner. The only person who ever sees her softer side is Michael Turcotte, a teenager she’s known since she rescued him eleven years ago from the aftermath of his parents’ murder-suicide.
In foster care since his ...more
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Fast forward and he is now a freshman in high school. He is living in foster care but has kept in contact with Samantha.
Michael is a very quiet boy and tries to stay under the radar at school. He doesn't have any friends because that would bring attention to him. He just exists. One day he does attract the school bullies though and they target him for abuse. Later ...more
I usually don't get into the plot too much, since the synopsis already does that, but (briefly)- this is a story about a "hard as nails" police detective, (Samantha), who helps to rescue a boy, (Michael), from a murder scene and then kind of keeps an eye on him as he grows up in the foster family system. Fast forward to his early teens and the discovery that ...more
This book is just so wrong on so many levels.
What detective is going to take a 14 year old bullied boy around crime scenes and morgues?
The writing is heavy handed and not at all suspenseful.
It is full of ' angst', but lacks detail where it matters.
Abandoned at 52% , concerned for the safety of my Kindle. I thought that if I threw it across the room one more time, I may not be able to resuscitate it.
Thank you to Red Ade ...more
First chapter sees major crimes detective Samantha Reilly at a murder scene, where young Michael Turcotte has just witnessed the death of his parents. Forward 11 years and Michael is now in school a ...more
I have to say I don't like paranormal ... zombies, shape-shifters, end of the world dystopian, alternate worlds stuff. I do like psychics, though .. those that can see what the future holds or what has happened in old abandoned mansions, etc. This book combines both a psychic and a serial murderer and a female detective ... all my fav ...more
Seeing Evil is a book about the evil human beings inflict on one another. It’s more thriller than horror but has a few disturbing scenes that fall more into the horror realm.
Michael was tragically orphaned as a young boy. Now he’s a teen living with foster parents and dealing with the typical cruelties and horrors of high school. He’s quiet, keeps his head down and minds his own busine ...more
The first five chapters of this thriller blew my mind. In one, a bloody murder scene reminiscent of "Halloween". In two, the horror of "burning" abuse. In three, the terror of bullies. In four, a "killer" vision, and in five, broken rules, discipline, punishment, no mercy and pain.....and that is just the beginning!
A foster child with "the sight", a protective homicide detective, and a relentless psycho killer who tortures first and kills later sets the stage for this fast...more
Michael Turcotte is a boy who's lived in many foster homes during his fourteen years of life. Unfortunately, he's also a natural target for school bullies. After one extreme incident, his mind suddenly transports him elsewhere--to the near future where a brutal murder is ...more
A truly fine novel.
I first discovered Jason Parent a few years ago, around the same time I'd been reading David Wong's This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It. Still craving another dose of comedy-tinged horror, Parent's first novel, What Hides Within, satisfied and then some with its highly original cocktail of thriller, horror and comedy with a touch of bizarro.
I've been lucky enough to meet and get to know Jason Parent in the intervening ...more
This one read quick and flowed smoothly from beginning to end. A taut thriller - Very little wasted dialog or excessive unnecessary descriptions to bog it down. I especially liked the characterizations in this one. The main char ...more
I know Jason through Goodreads and received a free audio review copy.
We meet Michael who in many ways is a typical teenager in but then in many ways is so very not normal and this dear reader is the key to a very clever and unexpected plot twist that takes you along with it as you turn the pages. ...more
Seeing Evil was just plain Evil. At least if you were a part of the police department or inside of Michael's head.
Detective Sam Reilly and Michael first encountered one another on a crime scene when Michael was just a young toddler. Found in the throes of a violent scene involving his parents that made me think of Dexter. (view spoiler)[To be honest, from this point forward since Michael was found with the fun, I ke ...more
Samantha is a police detective. She first meets Michael when his parents are murdered. Although he's in foster care she still keeps in touch with him.
Skip ahead a few years and we see that when Michael touches certain people he gets visions of their deaths.
When his visions come through can he find someone to believe him?
Don't think thi ...more
I actually won this book in a contest, or should I say an incentives program on goodreads, through the group For love of a book, so first and foremost thank you Jason Parent, and Brittany and the other moderators at For love of a book!
I am not just saying this because I won the book through a contest, but this book was amazing when I first started this book I will be honest thought okay another crime solving , veteran cop who fights the system , and her boss is fed up with her last chance ...more
When we first meet Michael, he's in a High School restroom witnessing the bullying of Freshman, Jimmy Rafferty, being worked over by Glenn Rodrigues and his cronies. Before the episode is over, Michael's head ends up in a toilet.
Tessa Masterson struggles with an abusive Father, Christopher, a wonderfull ...more
I have not read a lot by Jason Parent, just his stories as part of the mighty crew that gave us the collections, Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love and Bad Apples: Five Slices of Halloween Horror. I have known him for a while now and have to say he is a decent bloke. I admit to that solely for the pur ...more
Imagine what your life would be like if you saw bad things happening to everyone you touch. Now imagine your closest friend is the detective who found you at a murder scene, your parent's murder scene. Jason Parent's Seeing Evil is an edgy thriller with a good bit of the supernatural sprinkled in for a little extra spice. This is my third thriller in the past month and I felt a little more in my horror element with this one. Parent really poured a good bit of his heart ...more
***Received a copy of the book for an honest review
The cover is very intriguing and definitely attracted my attention to read it.
This is my first time reading a novel by Jason Parent, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I’m not usually a horror fan, but I definitely like mystery thriller. I think I might be misjudging books marked horror because of horror movies, but I’m not sure. I definitely liked this version of it, and I might need to ...more
Seeing Evil’s blue watery looking cover, with the eyes looking at me, peaked my interest further. A lot of times, I will grab a novel just because of the cover and this is one of those novels. Job ...more
When a couple of high school bullies attack Michael he has his first vision. He see an upcoming murder and doesn't know how to stop what he is sure is going to really happen so he turn ...more
Seeing Evil is a fantastic police procedural serial killer novel with a psychic twist. I loved this story!! It's well written and grabs ahold of you and won't let go. The action moves at a breathless pace leaving you hanging on every ...more
Every single chapter straight from the very beginning had me gripped. I'm exhausted today because I stayed up late last night reading because I just didn't want to put it down.
I would go as far as to say this is probably the best book I've read so far this year. Absolutely loved it.
I give this a 4.5.
I went back and forth between four and five stars for this and ultimately it was the impressive quality of writing that pushed me to give it five. Even if I hadn't enjoyed the story, this wouldn't have gone lower than 3.5 for that reason alone. But I did enjoy the story.
Story: Engaging and fast paced, I didn't have any serious issues with the plot or the development of the characters. I fully hated Master ...more
Detective Samantha “Sam” Reilly has taken a special interest in Michael Turcotte for 11 years, ever since she investigated the murder-suicide of his parents when he was three and he was found at the scene. In the topsy turvy revolving door of foster families, Sam is the one constant in his life. He counts on her to always tell him the truth and she tries to help him whenever she can. When some school bullies trigger an ab ...more
Jason Parent really knows how to kick a story off in high gear. He introduces us to Michael as a small child, setting the s ...more
In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he ...more