This book was unlike anything I've ever read. Very imaginative story, some unexpected twists and characters (communicating with the dead opens a whole lists of possibilities). It was fascinating to read, with some light humor, but overall some gruesome details, as well. I really loved it, but it is also a bit disturbing. I had never read this author and thanks to a PBS member sending the 2nd book in this series (With Red Hands), as well, I had it to read immediately after, or I would have been upset to be left disturbed at the end of this one alone.
The police call them The Violets...They have a special gift that is crime-fighting's secret weapon... through their violet eyes,they can actually expose the face of a murderer. But now one killer is closing their eyes--permanently-and even the FBI can't stop him.
Reviews: "Best book I've read in years! Part 'Silence of the Lambs', part 'The Lovely Bones', 'Through Violet Eyes' delivers a highly evocative, thrilling punch. You won't put it down." - Lisa Gardner. "A stunning thriller." - Iris Johansen.
I read this book several years ago and thought it was time for a re-read. I remembered most of the story, mainly because it's such a change of pace from what I normally read.
Natalie Lindstrom is a Violet. She's one of a group of select investigators who have the 'gift' of being able to interview victims of violent crime. This allows the victims to testify against their killers through the Violet.
But now someone is targeting all the Violets. Special Agent Dan Atwater is Natalie's bodyguard until the killer is caught.
At first, Dan is reluctant to touch Natalie, he was involved in a shooting and does not want any dead people contacting him through her. She doesn't think much of him, either. But they soon realize they are going to have to work together to get to the truth ... and danger comes from a source they never imagined.
I really enjoyed this series. I like the characters. I'm not too sure I would want a 'gift' like Natalie's, but she handles it well. Dan is such a guy! He has a wonderful sense of humor, but is dead serious when it comes to protecting those in his care.
The story is well-written. There are times I had to really call upon my imagination, but I was so caught up in the action, it didn't bother me much. I'm glad I took the time to re-read this one.