Saturday, November 10, 2012

Review: Eyes to See (Jeremiah Hunt #1) by Joseph Nassise

October 11, 2011 | 358 pages
Source: Provided by Tor Books
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In an urban fantasy that charts daring new territory in the field, Jeremiah Hunt has been broken by a malevolent force that has taken his young daughter and everything else of value in his life: his marriage, his career, his reputation. Desperate to reclaim what he has lost, Hunt finally turns to the supernatural for justice.
Abandoning all hope for a normal life, he enters the world of ghosts and even more dangerous entities from beyond the grave. Sacrificing his normal sight so that he can see the souls of the dead and the powers that stalk his worst nightmares, Hunt embarks upon a strange new career—a pariah among the living; a scourge among the dead; doomed to walk between the light of day and the deepest darkness beyond night.
His love for his departed daughter sustains him when all is most hopeless, but Hunt is cursed by something more evil than he can possibly imagine. As he descends into the maelstrom of his terrifying quest, he discovers that even his deepest fears are but prelude to yet darker deeds by a powerful entity from beyond the grave…that will not let him go until it has used him for its own nefarious purposes.

The scales had been ripped from my eyes and suddenly I could see. Really, truly see. I've never been so frightened in my entire life.

Eyes to See features a unique and emotionally-gripping character who has spent the last several years of his life without his wife, his daughter, or his ability to see.

Jeremiah Hunt unintentionally sacrifices his sight, believing that his actions will help him in the search for Elizabeth, his missing child. Now he's left to deal with the consequences, completely blinded when exposed to light with the ability to see mostly vague shapes and outlines in the dark. But with the loss of one ability, he gains another. He can see ghosts. In addition, the ghosts can lend him their vision with what he refers to as their 'ghost sight'.

Jeremiah has dedicated every moment of his life to finding any clues or information regarding the whereabouts of Elizabeth. He's constantly plagued by the pain, the loss, and the guilt that he has carried with him ever since her disappearance. He's a desperate, lonely man who will do absolutely anything to find his little girl.

Jeremiah's assistance with a gruesome string of murders, a case that a Boston PD detective drags him in to, brings him closer to finding what has happened to his daughter.

The case is confusing with an elusive killer and a motive that is difficult to determine. If Jeremiah has any hope of solving the mystery, then he must seek outside help. Fortunately, a witch named Denise, her friend Dmitri, and Jeremiah's two companions, Whisper and Scream, all play a part in finding who, or what, is responsible for the murders. 

While the beginning of Eyes to See didn't grab me, I found myself fascinated by the remainder of the story. I couldn't get enough of Jeremiah's character, the flashbacks to when his daughter first went missing, or the mystery that slowly unraveled and had me reading as quickly as I could because I was dying to know the who and why.

I would recommend Eyes to See to fans of intense, emotional stories with a dark atmosphere.

The sequel, King of the Dead, is scheduled to release November 27, 2012.

The silence of the dead is a terrible thing, but it is a silence with a sense of finality to it, an air of completion. The silence of the missing is anything but. It communicates without words, its message clear and unhindered. Find me, it screams, find me, and your heart breaks to hear it so loud in the empty places that should be filled with laughter and the joyful sounds of life.


Neyra said...

I love the cover of this book. That alone drew me in, it doesn't sound like it has HEA, which I'm liking because at the moment, I'm up to my ears in romance >.< lol.. but I like that Jeremiah is on a mission to find his babygirl ^_^ Great Review Cat :] Looking fwd to seeing what you think of book two. Hopefully by then I'll have read this one.


Tina B said...

I have to agree with Neyra on the cover! It is very eye-catching.
It sounds like an intriguing story and I may read it at some point. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Cat. :)

Addicted2Heroines said...

Neyra - I know what you mean. I read so many stories that have some type of romance in them that it's refreshing to read one without it.

Tina - Yes, the cover is awesome. The cover for book 2 is pretty wicked too. Can't wait to get my hands on it =)

Braine TS said...

The cover is giving me the creeps.

This is why I read mystery/thriller sometimes, all that romance gets on my nerves sometimes mainly because it never happens to me in real life! Bah! Humbug

Anyway, I hope you'll like the next one better.

Neyra said...

Feeling a bit, Scrooge-ish there Braine? xD LOL! I know what you mean though, a good mystery-thriller every once in a while does wonders to the mind ;)

@Cat - It sure is girl, I'm definitely looking forward to stepping away from the romance for a while. I'm enjoying my last bout into the Sinners before falling back to YA books :)

Thanks Tina! ^_^

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