Author: Olivia Samms
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Amazon Children’s Publishing/ Skyscape
Source: eARC through NetGalley
Rating: 3 STARS
As the days count down to her eighteenth birthday, Bea feels trapped. Trapped by her dark past, by her parents’ expectations, even by her own dreams for the future. The road ahead is unclear, blurred with secrets and lies. The only constant, sure thing in her life is Sergeant Dan Daniels. He’s faced with a gang related murder case and asks Bea to use her “skill” to see and then draw the truth out of the suspect….. literally. But when she does, it leaves her with more unanswered questions. And then another teen is shot- clinging for his life. Time is running out. Can Bea find the killer before someone else gets hurt?
I requested this book because I was told that it can be read as a stand-alone, even though it’s the second book in the series. It tells of a seventeen, almost eighteen-year-old, girl named Bea who is a recovering addict. Some time during her stint in rehab, she developed the ability to “see” into people’s deepest thoughts, drawing out the truth on paper. I found this somewhat fascinating, and wanted to know more. Bea is sort of lost right now, and the only person that keeps her focused is a cop named Dan, whom she happens to like (and he in return, even if he won’t admit it out loud). She’s under-age, so there can be no…. you get the picture.
It starts off well enough. We get a glimpse into the typical day for Bea. Her complaints about school, the students, her dad, the house, her mom, etc… She meets Dan at their secret meeting spot, and he wants her to come look at a murder suspect, whom he thinks is lying to cover for someone, and “see” the truth in him and draw it out. In her effort to play the part, she asks one of the “hip” boys at school to show her how to act “gangster”. She gets her first “seeing” down on paper and it gives her a slight headache. She nor Dan knows what she draws down means so she wants to try again, by being put in a holding cell across from the suspect. There she decides that she will find the truth on her own, so that no one will know that he snitched.
Bea is quite a character. She’s artistic and quite witty at times, but other times she’s just whiny. I despise whiny characters. And my God, she’s seventeen, why has she been in rehab and had drunken sex? I get rebellious teens, they come a dime a dozen. But Bea, seems more like an adult to me than a teen. And then there’s the obvious longing between her and Sergeant Daniels, which is just kind of wrong- but right? I don’t know what to feel about that.
This was an okay read for me. I admit, I expected more but that just did not happen with this book. Maybe others will enjoy it more than me, so i’d recommend reading it. Especially if you like a little mystery.