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- Print Length: 474 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494349639
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IA8TB3G
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mae’s particular talent is to see into places where others can’t. This is useful for finding lost cats, but as she begins to acknowledge her abilities she discovers that she is capable of much more. With the help of an object belonging to someone she is able to enter their life and discover intimate details. Finally, when she acquires some crystals, including those which once belonged to her grandmother, a shaman and healer, she learns to enter the spirit world completely.
Complications build up. Mae wants to get certified as a personal trainer, but she can’t afford the tuition. Her mother agrees to help, but when she finds out Mae is psychic she withdraws it. So Mae takes a job as a psychic at an alternative medicine center. This brings her into contact with some people at the college who teach alternative medicine, and in particular with the Chair, Charlie Tamm. Charlie is psychic himself, a student of shamanism. Also complicating matters are another professor, a student, a teaching assistant, an old black man who threatens to expose Mae, an ex-husband, a competing psychic —
At this point the book finds its true voice as a story about relationships, the struggles of people with love, power, prejudice, and each other. The psychic superstructure falls away, or rather is transformed into the plight of a person with a creative talent which no one understands and everyone wants to destroy.
The book can be read in several genres. As a thriller — we hurry toward the end in expectation of the obligatory life and death confrontation between Mae, the heroine, and the sinister Charlie. We get it, but strangely muted. As a soap opera — we linger, enjoying the proliferation of new characters and their troubles and the intricate relationships which it becomes increasingly hard to believe the author will be able to sort out. As a detective story — of sorts, with Mae as the detective, a criminal, various possible victims of uncertain crimes, plenty of bystanders to confuse matters, and the required quest for truth and retribution. As a romance, a bildungsroman, an ordinary literary novel about people’s troubles with life. Don’t try to choose. It’s all of them.
It would be like True Blood...with Sookie being psychic, but without all the vampires and other dangers. It would be Sookie living her life, struggling with people judging her and trying to fit into the world.
The book is about a woman named Mae who has psychic abilities. She can touch an object connected to someone and see their present and/or past. People in her town have a variety of reactions. Some are skeptical. Some see her as being evil. Then there are those who believe and want her to pursue her gift, but some want her to use her powers in a fraudulent way. Instead of wanting her to be the real psychic she is, they want her to do what fake psychics do.
Mae struggles to find her place in a world filled with prejudice and expectations.
Then there's a man who is using magic for darker purposes and she tries to help those who are in his clutches.
There's some good family drama...mother/daughter, husband/wife, daughter/father.
I thought the novel was well-written and very interesting. I enjoyed spending time with the characters. The only negative I can think of is that it was a little long...but not excessively so.
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