This is a bit embarrassing (yet also somewhat par for the course for me,
unfortunately) - years ago, I read (and loved) Eyes to See by Joseph Nassise. At that time I
couldn't wait to get my hands on book 2 in the trilogy. But then for
whatever reason, I just never actually read it. I've taken the trilogy
out periodically from the local library, but never read more than book 1.
I think as the years passed it was harder and harder to go back because I
didn't really remember Eyes to See anymore.
So a few days ago, I decided I was going to remedy that. I once again
took the trilogy out from the library (super glad they're all still available!)
and actually started rereading Eyes to See. A large part of this
decision came from me feeling like reading something I actually want to read,
not something I feel like I HAVE to read (which just seems to keep happening in
It was very interesting going back to it, six years later. I only
remembered some of the vague story beats. I remembered Jeremiah Hunt, and
how he had given up his eyesight to find his daughter, which ushered him into a
supernatural world. I remembered the ghostsm Scream and Whisper (but not
necessarily their names). And I vaguely remembered that Hunt found her by
the end, and was on the run from something by the end of the book; that was
What I didn't remember was the actual goings-on. Hunt gets called in
by Detective Stanton to investigate a murder scene. Stanton thinks Hunt
is a psychic, and Hunt has no intention of telling Stanton otherwise. The
murder is a gruesome one, and the murderer left writing in several dead
languages on the walls. As an ex-professor who specialized in dead languages,
the writing in particular intrigues Hunt, but so does a familiar-seeming charm
he finds at the crime scene. When a second body is found with the same
writing (and yet another charm, which Hunt realizes came from a charm bracelet
that his daughter had), he realizes this may be the lead he has been searching
for over these five long years to finally find her!
The world that Nassise built, especially around the ghosts, is still so
interesting. I liked the first encounter where Hunt is hired to exorcise
a ghost from an apartment building, and Hunt goes through all the levels of
ghosts that he's encountered (and how this particular ghost hid its true
nature). I actually would have liked to see a bit more of that sort of
thing, but oh well, the story is still good without it.
This time around, I admit that I had a harder time getting into it
though. I'm not entirely sure why....but I suspect that it had to do with
Hunt being on his own. I know that the first time I read Eyes to See,
I didn't really like some of the interactions between Hunt and the other
characters; this time, I actually preferred those moments over Hunt being on
his own. I really liked Dimitri, and loved Stanton - he was the perfect
foil to Hunt (and I loved how once he saw real evidence of the supernatural in
terms of the fetch, he was all on board with stopping it because he knew it was
dangerous). I think I liked Denise more this time around too - the hedge
witch was a very capable woman on her own.
I'm once again excited to read book 2; this time I'm actually going to read
it, too! ;)
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.