Review: All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman

All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 400
Source: book won in a contest

Picking up a small, pink shoe from the grass forever changed young Jackson Lee’s life. Not only did its presence mean that his sister Tessa was dead – murdered and stuffed in the deep, black water of a narrow well – but the shoe itself told him so.

Tessa’s death triggers an even more horrific family massacre that, combined with this new talent he neither wants nor can handle, throws Jack’s life into a tailspin. The years quickly take him from state homes to the streets to grifting in a seedy carnival, until he finally becomes the cynical All Seeing Eye, psychic-for-hire. At last, Jackson has left his troubled past behind and found a semblance of peace.

That is, until the government blackmails him. After Jackson is forced to help the military contain the aftermath of a bizarre experiment gone violently wrong, everything he knows about himself will change just as suddenly as it did with his little sister’s shoe.

And while change is constant… it’s never for the better.

 

Review: All Seeing Eye grabbed me from the blurb and didn’t let go, even after the end of the book. Two days later, I was still going over scenes in my head, reliving the final tear-inducing, mind-blowing chapters.

Jackson Lee is a man who develops psychometric powers upon the death of his younger sister. One touch of skin-to-skin or to any object and Jackson knows your past. He lives it himself in a matter of moments – all the good, the sad, and the bad. What I found exceedingly interesting was the response of his mind to sociopaths – those with no conscience or moral compass. Jackson describes it as “locking yourself in a walk-in freezer, alone. All the warmth was immediately drained out of you.” In the extreme is what he gets from his dog – happy thoughts of running in fields, naps in the sunshine, and treats.

Even with his past – his sister and mother murdered, killing his stepfather, separated from his other sister and put into a state-run home, then ending up as a sham psychic in a carnival – Jack comes out okay. He is honest and moral. He tries to do right by his sister and his old friend. The problem is, nothing is within his control and the more he tries, the worse things seem to get.

I found the shifts in the ether fascinating. The idea that horrific murders can be relived again and again, using live people who happen to be in the same place, to carry out actual murders is fascinating if at the same time terrifying. This is not quite the same as imprint ghosts destined to repeat their murder in an endless ethereal loop. It sends shivers up and down my spine to think that murders could be repeated at any time, anywhere, by anyone. And that is what makes this such a good book.

I have to admit I fell a little bit in love with Thurman after reading the author bio on the inside back cover. He not only loves dogs but he rescues them from the local pound. As an animal lover, I’m all over him. Er, it… this. The rescuing. Then I found out Rob is actually Robyn. *sigh* Sorry, Rob. But I still love the dog rescuing and the writing.