Garden of Sorrow
A Psychic Visions Novel
After spend a brutal year trying to cope after the loss of her sister, Alexis Gordon knows she needs to get on with her life. Only, instead of the normal work day she'd anticipated as the means to begin her journey back to the land of the living, reality as she knows it disappears…
Kevin Sutherland is a detective and a psychic. Recognizing Alexis's gift and aware she has no idea what's happening to her, he calls his friend and frequent case consultant, Stefan Kronos, an artist with psychic gifts. Stefan leads a community of psychics able to help Alexis understand and develop her unique skills.
Alexis has unwittingly become involved in a case unlike anything Kevin has ever seen before. The killer seems to have a personal vendetta against Alexis herself. He intends to eliminate her before she uses her psychic gift to discover not only his identity but the garden of sorrow he's buried his long-dead victims.
Only Alexis can stop this madman who fully intends to survive…even after death.
I have read all five of her psychic vision books and have enjoyed them all. I didn't see anything wrong with the writing, which is my Achilles heel. The writing flowed smoothly, the story line was intense and the characters engaging. The book was a good read all in all.
Garden of Sorrow
Alexis Gordon is gifted, but she doesn't really know it. She just sees it as a 'green thumb' and loves to work with plants. When a slip in the mud sends her tumbling into a construction pit, she discovers the grave of a murdered child. This book definitely starts with quite a bang. A bang that wakes Alexis up to a whole new world of abilities.
But this grave may be just the beginning. When Detective Kevin Sutherland takes the case to the famous (to readers of the series) Stefan Kronos, things get really interesting. An ability no one has seen before is in play. And it doesn't want to play fair. The identity behind this strange ability remains a mystery until the very end - which I really enjoyed. It kept suspense and danger levels high and made it really hard to put the book down. In the end, I was quite on the edge of my seat.
There were a few points the story hit an unexpected dragging point, and it seemed like the romance aspects didn't always flow as well as the suspense aspects. Don't get me wrong, Alexis and Kevin make a great couple. But many of their more personal moments seemed to interrupt the suspense instead of helping to build it. I never understood the point of driving out of town to the other house all the time (you'll understand when you get there).
A good addition to the series. I'd like to see a few less totally out there abilities and just a creative use of 'normal' psychic abilities or the series may end up being just a little too crazy for my taste.
One Step Short of Trash
This was the second and last of Dale Mayer's books I have read. This one I gave up on less than half through. Between the overload of the paranormal and the sexploitation disguised as romance, it was both ridiculous and disgusting.
I would not recommend this book to anyone.