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Reviewed by Donnie Burgess for Readers' Favorite
When Jack Lancaster was a child, something happened in the forest that would change his life forever. Detectives aren’t able to say for certain what happened that night, chalking it up to the overactive imagination of a child, but Jack knows it was something more. Years of expensive therapy have helped a little, but he still isn’t sure what really happened that night. He seeks comfort in his faith… And running - perhaps driven by a subconscious need to escape the looming darkness. When he meets Mary Beth, an unstable woman with devious motives for courting him, he soon learns that the darkness isn’t the only enemy from which he will always be running.
I See You is a wonderfully paced novella about one man’s struggle with his crippling fear of the dark, and the consequences of being attracted to women for the wrong reasons. The story is laced with spiritual undertones, adding depth to the characters, but never coming across as preachy. Bare begins the story through the eyes of Jack as child, then leads into his involvement in the church. The rather innocuous setup through the first half of the story scarcely prepared me for what was coming in the second half. Rarely does an event in a story catch me completely by surprise, but I See You managed to do it twice. The story is paced very well, with the tension slowly building from the first page to the last. Overall, I See You was an excellent story and I look forward to future works from Charles Bare.