3 Stars for Third Eye by Rick R. Reed – #MM #Mystery @rickrreed

Third Eye

Title: Third Eye
Author Name: Rick R. Reed
Publication Date & Length: November 11, 2014 – 264 pgs


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.

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Third Eye is a mystery/thriller by Rick Reed. Third Eye is a dark, gruesome book, and probably not for everyone. Typical for what you would find in the genre.
Cayce D’Amico is a single father struggling to live a good life in a small town. He’s likable enough, though I never did get used to his name. He’s joined in his reluctant crime-stopping by Dave Newton, the town reporter, who is a somewhat bland older man, if British, and JK Simmons, your typical worn-out female cop.
There’s only a tiny bit of romance in this book, but it matters. Family life, love, and settling down are offered up as the novel’s themes, and they permeate throughout the story in various forms, including via the villains, who are also interesting in their own ways.
The story starts out strong but lags in the middle. I found myself skimming. But at no point did I want to stop reading. I was compelled by the story to read to the end. The end is where the action is, and becomes quite a lot of fun.
Three stars
C.E. Case


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Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his partner and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”


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