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The Third Eye by Andrew Seewald
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it was amazing

It was the setting, the mystical atmosphere, that first pulled me into the tale of The Third Eye. To resolve a haunted past, the "emotionally delicate" artist Ariel has brought her husband and sons, Raven and Jim, to the Pine Barrens of N.J. A "wild and desolate" Tolkien-like forest which Ariel envisions full of "trees twisting in wind," the Barrens is a place her one might hear the cries of the mystical Jersey Devil, or for young Jim, the keening barn owls, "like troubled spirits of the dead." The fearsome white stag might appear, its presence auguring death--as it does one day when Jim and his schoolmate Mary discover the bludgeoned body of Nora Butler, a woman unhappily wed to the "bone-deep ugly Orlo." And when Jim stumbles on the bloody corpse of Nora's employer, Derrick Sawyer, his mother Ariel, blood kin to both victims, becomes a suspect.
The story moves quickly forward to a thrilling resolution through the eyes and ears of Jim, Raven, Ariel and other intriguing persons. Jim puts his own life in peril to save his mother, and in the process, learns to see the world and himself--short though he is--through a new lens. The novel is filled with finely drawn, believable characters (one can't help but want to hug Jim), sharp,crisp dialogue, a sweet hint of romance, a plot-ful of surprises, and above all, a deeply realized sense of place. The Third Eye kept this reader under its spell for long hours after she--reluctantly--turned the last magical page.
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