Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Third Eye
Author: Rick R. Reed
Heroes: Cayce D’Amico/Dave Newton
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 264 Pages
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Who knew that a summer thunderstorm and his 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 the two. 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.
Review: I like that more authors in the MM romance genre are expanding into fiction with romance as the secondary storyline. Third Eye definitely falls into the category of latent romance and, in my opinion, brings the harshness of this dark drama to life. Yes, there is a happy ending, but the romance between Cayce and Dave is more assumed, as opposed to being played out on the page.
Cayce is a young, single, gay dad struggling to do right by his seven year old son, Luke, and raise him the best he can. The love he has for his son is tangible, and you wish Cayce’s mom would cut him some slack. She was a terrible mother, and severely lacking as a grandmother, too. I just wish, once the drama unfolded, that I could have read about Cayce reading her the riot act. That would have really made my day.
Cayce is injured and, after a crack on the head, becomes a kind of seer. He sees horrific images of little girls during their abductions and murders. Not something he views as a gift and one that he wishes he could ignore. The fact that he knows he will be viewed as a looney tune is a risk he is willing to take if he could help put the families at ease. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work as he’d hoped.
Reading about the horrific things that happened to these girls, and hurting for Cayce while he struggles to find his son, made this story quite heartbreaking. No parent is ever prepared for such atrocities. No reader is ever prepared to believe that an author can write such a story so convincingly, either.
So, if you want a little more than romance, and reading about a sicko serial killer with a taste for little girls isn’t a hard limit for you, than I recommend you give Third Eye a try. Rick R. Reed is a master story teller, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*