Back Of The Book
Psychic Jessica Wilder was a consultant for the FBI until she suffered burnout. The visions leave her alone for several months and she starts to make a peaceful life for herself. Then suddenly, they come back with a vengeance—visions of children being kidnapped. How could she not try to save the children?
Detective Jonathon Lansing doesn't believe in psychics, but the young woman in front of him is very convincing. Can she truly help him track down a kidnapper? Or is she involved in the crime?
Another child is taken right from under their noses. As they follow her turbulent visions through several states and into Canada, Jessie and Johnny begin to discover they want more than a working relationship. But will it distract them from finding the children in time?
Jessie rested on a red vinyl-covered stool at the lunch counter of the Easley Diner with a fresh plate of hot, steaming veggies and a glass of sweet iced tea before her. A vague curling mist suddenly crept along the edges of her vision. Oh, no, not again.
She closed her eyes, waiting. The mist moved over her, growing thicker and darker, slowly consuming all of the light, every sound, and even the warmth from the air. Nothing was left except the thick gray fog and the cold emptiness it created. The tiniest glimmer of light appeared in the center. It spun closer and closer as if she were looking down into the top of a silent tornado. The circle of light grew larger and then images began to appear in the vortex. Fingers of mist curled around the edges of the images. They gradually became clearer like pictures on an old tube-type television screen warming up. At last, the black and white images grew clear and sharp, developing color and sound.
A blond-haired, little girl with an angelic face played on the front walkway of a white frame house with green shutters. She wore faded jeans and a pink tee shirt. The sudden blare of a car horn came from the street and the little girl’s head turned toward it. Grinning, she dropped her Raggedy Ann doll and ran to the waiting car. She eagerly reached through the open window with an outstretched hand.
Then, a man, dressed in black, opened the rear door of the car and jumped out. He grabbed the child and pressed his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming. The man scurried into the backseat of the dark blue car with the child held in his arms.
The images faded into the light and then whirled away, becoming smaller and more distant until they disappeared into a thick, clammy fog. The dense fog slowly dispersed, leaving a gentle mist. It, too, drifted away as if blown by a gentle breeze.
Jessica opened her eyes. “No, please!” she whispered. “I have to see what happened.” She pressed her fingers to her aching temples, unable to force the images to return. Shivering and weak, Jessie focused on her surroundings and began to hear real sounds around her.
The gray-haired man behind the counter scraped dishes, conversation hummed at nearby tables, and the waitress carried a tray rattling with dirty dishes.
Jessie glanced over her shoulder at the rest of the diner’s customers. No one appeared to be staring at her or notice she zoned out. She wanted to get up and leave, but she felt terrified her legs might not hold her. With trembling hands, Jessie picked up her glass and sipped the sweet, cold tea. The cool beverage seemed to help and she continued sipping, beginning to feel a bit stronger.
Maybe I can make it home, now. Putting money on the counter for her uneaten lunch, Jessie made her way to the door. Head aching and slightly dizzy, she reached her small, yellow Mustang and managed the short drive home.
Looking Through The Mist © Rebecca Vickery
Psychic Jessica Wilder is trying to start a new life, in a new place and tentatively with a new mind set. Things have a way of destroying the plan we make and Jessica visions has a way of creeping up on her when she least expect them to.
This time she can’t overlook what she has seen , a child, an event, an unspeakable evil and then it ends – she knows she has limited time from past experience with the FBI to get the information to the right person to give the child any chance of being saved.
Another not so nice experience that Jesse has from her time working with the FBI is the scepticism of the people who work in law enforcement when it comes to psychics, and sooner rather than later she finds herself across from none other than Detective Jonathon Lansing and his disbelieving eyes. Something's cannot be rules out and Jonathan has to move on Jessica vision or end up losing more ground on the unknown.
From the first moment Jessica and Jonathan squared off it was more than professional angst it felt like the meeting of the minds and with little to pull them apart they end up relying on each other for almost everything. When the kidnappings move across state line – Jonathan and Jessica ends up going against the status quo and relying on each other to keep the other sane.
LOOKING THROUGH THE MIST is the second book by Rebecca Vickery and after SURVIVING WITH LOVE this is a brilliant second book. It didn’t have the “hump” that the first book had but I love this book for many other reasons.
There are two things that made this book for me, I love romantic suspense and as I said about Ms. Vickery before – this is really her forte - she could even loose the romance, the mystery solidly stands on it’s own. Secondly I love books about psychics and Jessica was one mouthy, stubborn and pigheaded psychic chick.
The plot to be honest is nothing special – done before, said before, but for me the beauty of this this book is of course the fine print – Ms. Vickery uses her descriptors well and highlights the emotional aspect behind the plot with a thoughtfulness that will not be easily forgotten, yes - even the bad guys had a story and I fell for the scenes were she gave me a chance to see their dark side. Once again Ms .Vickery keeps the reader in mind – at no point did I feel overloaded with info or even lost in legal jargon – I kept pace.
Jessica and Jonathan, I liked – there’s wasn’t the eyes meet across the room sort of romance. It was a gentle build up of respect, understanding and even empathy – but they connected and once they gelled it really would have taken a greater man than any presented in the book to pull them a part.
This is another solid read in terms of page count from Ms .Vickery and it was a page turner – to be honest the suspense was nail biting and even when it seems as if it was coming to an end – she come at us from another angle and made sure all the lose ends were tied up – I thought this was a nice touch.
LOOKING THROUGH THE MIST is a highly recommended read and I do hope Ms. Vickery has a bunch of story lined up for the fans she is bound to have after two absolutely stunning release.