AUTHOR: Lisa Amowitz
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by Spencer Hill Press
GENRE: YA > Mystery | Thriller
PAGES: 264pages (paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher
RATING: 4 ★★★★
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The light is darker than you think…
High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full—he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss’s daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.
When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small town. With everyone else convinced he’s the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that he, or the girl he loves, might be killer’s next victim.
Whoah. I don’t remember the last book that made me…
Yes. That’s it. That’s the perfect representation of my face when I finished reading Vision. Lisa Amowitz is a new author on my radar and just by seeing the reviews on her past books, I KNOW, she’s good. And this book proved that.
Bobby is the breadwinner of his family. With a father who can’t walk and a mother who he thought has runaway, Bobby has no time for girls like Gabe.. or for his eyes to lose sight. But then again, Bobby has this thing where uncontrollable things happen to him. And now that Bobby has been seeing visions of and about the serial killer on the loose, it’s a race between him and the killer and Bobby has no intention of losing. Especially if his eye sight is not the only thing he can lose.
I think it’s amazing how Lisa wrote Bobby. He’s an impressive protagonist because I never thought I could connect so much to a male main character. But I love his voice. I love being inside his head and I can totally feel his situation. Bobby is just so admirable. Anything he does is for his family and sometimes I just wanna shake him just so he can think for himself even for once!! I also love how even though Bobby is the main character, the secondary ones weren’t neglected at all. They were fully developed as well and because this is a mystery, YOU CAN’T HELP BUT suspect everybody. They’re well written and Lisa and constructed.
It’s a little slow at first but you will find yourself turning the pages urgently sooner than you think just to find out what’s gonna happen next. It keeps you guessing and makes you bite your nails. It doesn’t lack in suspense and thrill. Everything feel so real that you’ll be a little paranoid because this circumstances happens in real life. Honestly, when I finished reading this one I immediately closed everything in the house. Who cares if it’s so sunny outside?! I’m not sure if the vacinity is killer-free yet.
I highly recommend Vision to anyone. It’s a fast paced YA thriller filled with profound characters. This book is stay-up-all-night, ignore-everything kind of read and it’s gonna suck you in right from the start. Bobby will compel you with his voice and as soon as you thought you already had it figured out, you’re wrong.
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.
Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.
BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014 along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future. So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.
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