Who knew that a summer thunderstorm and a lost little boy would conspire to change single dad Cayce D’Amico’s life in an instant? With Luke missing, Cayce ventures into the woods near their house to find his son, only to have lightning strike a tree near him, sending a branch down on his head. When he awakens the next day in the hospital, he discovers he has been blessed or cursed—he isn’t sure which—with psychic ability. Along with unfathomable glimpses into the lives of those around him, he’s getting visions of a missing teenage girl.
When a second girl disappears soon after the first, Cayce realizes his visions are leading him to their grisly fates. Cayce wants to help, but no one believes him. The police are suspicious. The press wants to exploit him. And the girls’ parents have mixed feelings about the young man with the “third eye.”
Cayce turns to local reporter Dave Newton and, while searching for clues to the string of disappearances and possible murders, a spark ignites between them. Little do they know that nearby, another couple—dark and murderous—are plotting more crimes and wondering how to silence the man who knows too much about them.
Gah! I’ve mentioned before that this author is full of hits or misses for me, but when it’s a hit, it’s impossible to put down. Sleep’s overrated, right? – That was my initial response after finishing Third Eye. When I stop and think about it and looking back at the books by Rick R. Reed that I’ve read, I think the horror and suspense books, the ones that keep me on the edge of my seat, give me chills and keep me awake are the ones that I enjoy the most. I’m not sure what that says about me… or him, but… maybe it’s one of those things that we shouldn’t dwell on… That doesn’t mean that I’m going to avoid the romance books by this author, it just means that I now know that I have a preference. 😉
Not surprisingly, Third Eye is not for the faint of heart. The bad guy is terrifying and evil as well as extremely unpredictable – a truly scary combination. There was also some other sketchy characters thrown into the mix and more than one character that grew on me as the story progressed. There were also more than a few “parents” in this story that didn’t deserve the title and at least one that I “yelled” at – more than once.
I couldn’t really fault the police or others for not believing Cayce, but I admired him for not giving up and continuing to try. There were twists and turns and danger around every corner and Rick R. Reed left little to the imagination when it came to what monsters are capable of.
The only real issue I had with Third Eye was a personal one. I wanted a certain character to get knocked down a few notches – which I’m sure she did, but I wanted to “see” it. I can’t say more, but I’m pretty sure you’ll agree with me when it happens.
I picked up Third Eye as another re-release and there have been a few more. I can’t wait to see what I’ve missed and decide what I’ll read next from this author.