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The Sight: Premonitions & Disappearance by Judy Blundell

The SightThe premonitions started after Gracie almost drowned, and no matter how much she wishes it, they won’t stop. They sneak up on her unawares, giving her flashes of insight into the past or the future. They’ve only ever caused trouble for Gracie until tragedy strikes close and the premonitions become the keys to solving the mystery. Gracie realizes that she can no longer cruise along in the backseat of her life—she has to take action. With the disappearance of her friend Emily, the reappearance of her estranged father, connections between past and present abductions and murders, and unknown threats, Gracie’s premonitions will become the only means to her survival.

The Sight contains two of Blundell’s earlier novels, Premonitions and Disappearance, published under the pseudonym Jude Watson. I really liked Blundell’s writing in What I Saw and How I Lied, but despite the commonality of a central mystery to both books, Blundell’s earlier writing wasn’t quite as good. Don’t get me wrong; Blundell is undoubtedly skilled at manipulating plot and making it suspenseful and exciting. However, she fell a little short with characterization and originality. Protagonist Gracie wasn’t always easy to connect with or understand and certainly was not what defined the story. In addition, I’ve read many novels with variations of this storyline of an unwilling psychic saving the day by solving the mystery. The Sight didn’t really stand out from among this group, and in fact, its tendency to sound like a soap opera made it a bit unrealistic.

The Sight will be enjoyed by fans of Sight by Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Death at Deacon Pond by E.M. Alexander, Dark Visions by L.J. Smith, and Numbers by Rachel Ward.

Rating: 4.0

Review copy from publisher Scholastic

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