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The Third Eye by Lois Duncan
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Oct 28, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: ogle
Recommended for: 2-eyed beings

[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 back down and continues in her fight to save the poor children. She sees this psychic ability as a gift and wishes to help other, risking her reputation and even possibly her life. I respect her for that. Duncan's books teenagers make very bad decisions that lead them into a life of guilt and lies. What consequences do these teens face for their deceit? Had Karen not stood up against her parent's orders to keep a low profile about this ability of hers, the truth of Carla Sanchez would have never been found, and Karen would not have met Ron, a young policemen who joins Karen in her fight, who almost gets killed in the process. Despite her mother's constant nagggings that she should not meddle in the affairs that should be left to the police or authority, Karen, unable to face her guilt unless she does her part in revealing the whereabouts of the children, runs away with Ron to Colorado to track down the band of kidnappers who have stolen many babies from a nursery in her hometown. And this book illustrates some of Karen's dreams of these children in very imaginative descriptions. This makes me wonder if the author has had any personal experiences, for she really makes this psychic visions appear real. People have long been fascinated with fortune-tellers, palm readers, psychics, tarot card readers, and others who claim to have the ability to predict the future. And I wonder if this story has any credence. However, i do believe in the ability to predict the future.
Youths these days are each striving to be accepted by the kids at school. Karen, in her effort to be accepted, makes a bad decision and takes part in something that is very wrong. In the first part of the story, she is swayed to her mother's side in wanting to be accepted and not be seen as a freak by her peers, and thus she did not want to take part in the investigations for the missing children. This desire to be accepted made her see that her morals were less important than image. However, i am glad that she makes up her mind to help the kids as much as she can. And i am impressed by this.
There is love amidst the crisis. Ron Wilsons, motivated to track down the kidnappers by the fact that his very own nephew, Matthew Wilson, was one of the victims who was in danger of being sold away illegally. He assists Karen in her dreams and visions, hoping to help her lead him to his nephew. Karen, who was put off by the fact that the officer,Ron Wilson, sent to investigate in one of the disappearances was 'young---much too have been sent to handle something as important as a missing-child report'. He is briefly described as the 'sandy-haired policeman with the vivid blue eyes' and Karen had noticed his 'bitten down' fingers which showed that Karen's first impressions of him was basically weak and not approving. It is most surprising that they would end up as an item.
Karen psychic ability is also a window to the future. There is no mention of Karen's future children, but in her dreams, she sees a young girl who takes after Ron Wilson's eyes, and the baby girl she sees had blue eyes, 'blue as the summer skies of Colorado', just like her mother had seen Karen long long before she was born. Their daughter, who makes no appearance in this story, is a great connection to the to-be relationship between Ron and Karen.
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Teno Q. Wow.
Great review, but...what a Wall of Text...

Martin tbh you should probably "hide review because of spoilers"

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