There is at least one negative review of this novel. I decided to read it anyway and I'm really glad that I did. Jackson Eye is blessed or cursed with Psychometry after a tragedy which blighted his young life. He discovers the dead body of his baby sister, Tess, dumped in a well and when he tells his mother that his stepfather killed her, she flips out and trys to kill him. After his stepfather grabs the knife and kills his mother, Jackson goes for the shotgun and shoots his stepfather.
He and his surviving baby sister are thrown into care. (As usual the fictional image of children lost in the American State system is far from positive.) He ends up in a Home and it is there he meets Charlie, who is a fellow sufferer in this children's hell. Fleeing the home, he ends up at a carnival and from there develops a career as a psychic.
His surviving sister, Glory, gets into trouble and he is blackmailed by the Government into helping rescue a secret military project which has gone tragically wrong, ending in the death of Jackson's former room mate Charlie. With the help of Charlie's younger brother Hector, Jackson must prevent further tragedy while dealing with his own issues.
I confess I cried. I found it a really well written book and I really hope Rob Thurman takes the character further.