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Reviewed by Amanda Monell for Readers' Favorite
Double Visions by Matt Drabble is a tale of murder, suspense, and thrills. Jane Parkes, a psychic, has always had the ability to see the dead. However, when she starts seeing killings through the eyes of a serial killer, the true mystery unfolds. Eight years prior, she and Detective Inspector Karl Meyers worked and solved a case (The Crucifier Case) involving the murder and crucifixion of several girls. However, Meyers was killed in the line of duty, while in pursuit of the killer. Jane, who had encouraged him to go into the killer’s den without backup, carried the guilt of surviving the ordeal ever since. With this new killer using the same MO as the original crucifier, Jane is wondering if she put the right man in jail. Accompanied by Meyers’ son, the two set out to find the truth.
My mind is still reeling over Matt Drabble’s Double Visions. I have never read an author who is so flexible a wordsmith. With this novel, every aspect of it is balanced. There are two mysteries to solve (one dealing with Jane’s gift, the other with the murders). With every scene, he knows when to stop with the exposition and add a dash of action. The visuals that he provides in the Shadow World and Jane’s visions are gruesome without being overtly so. Each piece of the puzzle is stylishly executed and controlled, a most difficult feat indeed. This is definitely a book that I would recommend to any reader or fan of the genre.