Gifted Touch (Fingerprints, Book 1) Paperback – 1 Jul 2002
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Rae can read people's thoughts by touching their fingers and their fingerprints. But someone else knows about her powers -- someone who is out to kill her...When 16-year-old Rae first hears the voices in her head, she thinks she is going mad. When she returns to school after a summer of psychiatric help, she is ostracised by her friends and her boyfriend. The only friends she can talk to are Yana, whom she met in the hospital, and Anthony, the dyslexic tough guy she regularly locks horns with in her therapy group. When Rae is nearly killed by a bomb set in the girls' bathroom, it is Anthony who helps her work out that she isn't mad -- she has a special gift. But Anthony is the prime suspect for setting the bomb in the first place -- and incriminating evidence is found in his bag...Who can Rae trust? Who is out to kill her?
From the Back Cover
AN EXPLOSIVE SECRET…
Sometimes, when I touch things, words fill my head. Words that feel like thoughts – thoughts that are inside me…but not mine.
I used to think I was crazy.
But now I'm starting to wonder if there's a reason for all the voices that tangle together in my mind. And if I'm right, then it's not my sanity I'm worried about.
It's my life.See all Product description
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Finally found this book and thought hmmm this seems like it could be the one. It is the one I was looking for and is still as good as I remember. Can't wait to get the next books in the series. I defiantly recommend this.
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Here's what I loved about this novel:
It's written in third-person limited, which not only lets the reader get a peek into Rae's head but also that of Anthony, Rae's reluctant new friend at group therapy. The narrative is so character-specific that you can feel when Melinda Metz switches gears and without her telling the reader who she's writing, you can simply just tell. The voices are that distinct and the transitions are flawless. Also wonderful are the creepy narratives of the mystery stalker who is apparently hell bent on Rae's destruction, leading to a pipe bomb explosion which leaves Rae mildly wounded. Another great device is the use of the "messages" Rae receives "telepathically" when she touches fingerprints. At first it felt a little choppy, as it interrupts the narrative, but after the connection is made it simply becomes part of the storytelling tapestry.
Anthony and Rae are interesting characters, with very real quirks and problems. There's nothing pat about these two. Rae is used to having what she feels is a "normal" life and when that is ripped away it leaves her feeling lost and uncertain but not in a woe-is-me kind of way. Anthony suffers from anger management issues, due to some issues at home, and is attempting to change his life though uncertain how best to accomplish that goal. These two unlikely friends find each other when they need each other most, each offering the other a new way of looking at things and an honesty that was lacking in their former lives. The relationship which develops is natural and considerate, filled with bumps in the road and the appropriate level of tension.
Here's what didn't work so well:
Really there isn't much that didn't work so well but there was one issue I had some difficulty with. The bomb. I watch enough TruTV to know that when a bomb goes off a building is evacuated and the bomb squad descends immediately. But when the bomb explodes at Oakvale, where Rae attends therapy with Anthony, she's brought to the nurse and the group reconvenes for its group therapy. Rae isn't taken to the hospital, the building isn't evacuated and, by the time the scene ends, the cops still haven't showed up. Not very realistic. But it's such a minor complaint that I can't rate the novel lower than the five I've given it. It's simply that good.