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Thursday, September 29, 2011

review: Tuesday's child by Dale Mayer

"...Tuesday's child is full of grace..."  - Traditional Nursery Rhyme

Tuesday's Child
Samantha Blair is psychic. she has bloodcurdling visions of women dying in the hands of a serial killer and these visions happen in real time. the worst thing about it is that Sam experiences everything that happens not only emotionally but also physically. her body bears the wounds of the victims afterwards. feeling the need to seek justice, Sam goes to the authorities for help. no one takes her seriously except Detective Brandt Sutherland. they work together to find out who is behind the murders and to stop him from committing more mayhem before he finds Sam.
author Dale Mayer's novel went beyond my expectations. i have read quite a handful of books about psychics helping the police but this one plainly stood out. it is a gripping read and a terrifying look into a psychic's life. i could not help but wince and feel sorry for the main protagonist Samantha each time she goes through her visions. despite all the trauma that manifests in her body, Samantha bears her sufferings and is more concerned with the victims than herself. i find her strength and charity remarkable and so endearing. her self-imposed isolation is understandable as well when one considers that her "gifts" are more of a curse than a blessing. if she were a real person, i would not hesitate to lend an ear and support her as a true friend does. her whole personality literally screamed "please, just believe me!"
there are other interesting characters in the book too especially Brandt's mother and Stefan - another psychic. the serial killer's identity is revealed from the start and though i prefer otherwise, the author managed his presence in the story very well with the right timing/sequencing and twists and turns.
not everything here is taut and intense. aside from the horrifying ones, there are also tender moments that softened the gritty elements - Sam's bond with her dog, her rehabilitation of an injured German Shepherd and her blossoming affair with Brandt.
graphic language and situations are present and intended for mature readers only so be forewarned.
altogether, this was clearly a very satisfying read for me and the last few pages will surely leave you wide-eyed while holding your breath at the same time.

*Tuesday's Child (Psychic Visions #1) is available at Amazon (paperback, Kindle) and Barnes and Noble. for more information about Dale Mayer and her work, please visit her author pages at Amazon and Goodreads.

my personal rating is: 

Tuesday's Child  contains material not suitable for younger readers 17 & under.

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of Tuesday's Child from the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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