Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com
THE SIGHT is actually the compilation of two previously released novels, PREMONITIONS and DISAPPEARANCE. Originally published in 2004 and 2005, the two stories are now combined into one work.
The two books revolve around Gracie. She is uprooted from her home in Maryland after her mother is killed in a car accident. Gracie has always had feelings about things. And the day her mother dies, she begs her mother not to leave the house. She has a bad feeling something will happen, and the smell of oranges keeps invading her thoughts. In the end, her mother is killed by a truck hauling oranges. Her maternal grandparents move into her house in the hopes that less disruption in her routine will help Gracie heal. But she withdraws into herself and becomes worse rather than better. In a last ditch effort, her grandparents send her off to her Aunt Shay, all the way across the country to a small island off the coast of Washington state.
Gracie still doesn't quite fit in, but her aunt and her cousin, Diego, do try to make her welcome. It's not until her lone friend, Emily, walks away from Gracie's yard and disappears that Gracie starts to accept her aunt and cousin in her life. Determined to figure out what happened to Emily, Gracie, with the help of Diego, attempts to find her. This is the basis of the first part of THE SIGHT.
The second part of the book begins when Gracie and a group of teenagers discover a dead body under the docks. The discovery of the body begins a cascade of events that once again put Gracie in harm's path. Along with the dead body mystery, her long-lost father appears out of nowhere and wants to form a relationship with her. Her father left when she was a small child, and has had no contact with her until now. Gracie wants to have her father in her life again, but as she gets to know him, secrets and lies come to the surface.
I was caught up in the whirlwind that has become Gracie's life on Beewick Island. Gracie tries to use her gift of seeing to help, first to find Emily, and secondly, to discover who is behind the dead body under the pier. Each vision causes a new blip in her detecting, and puts her in harms' way more than once.
The stories go quickly and blend easily from one to the next. Gracie was a believable character and trying to do the best in the situation she's thrust into. As the story unfolds, she learns more about her history and tries to adjust and accept her new life. I'd love to see another story with Gracie and her eventual maturity and development of her gifts.