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High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full--he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss's daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.

When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning ...

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Overview

High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full--he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss's daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.

When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small town. With everyone else convinced he's the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that he, or the girl he loves, might be killer's next victim.

The light is darker than you think...

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
10/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Bobby Pendell's family is struggling. He will do anything to keep his younger brother on track. This task is getting harder for Bobby since his mother left the family and his father returned from Iraq paralyzed and suffering from PTSD. The last thing his life needs is more complications, but that's exactly what the teen gets when he starts to get intense migraines that impair his sight and trigger intense and violent visions. They point out clues leading to a serial killer, and Bobby is now swept up in the murderer's dark plots. Add in a developing romance for the protagonist and a shadowy government agency that knows more about his illness and burgeoning powers than he does to the already full plot and even Amowitz's simple, direct writing can't sustain so much. The details about the serial killer build to a gruesome twist that some teens will appreciate, but the lack of specificity about what's causing Bobby's visions make getting to the climax frustrating. Amowitz's no-frills text keeps the narrative moving quickly but also lacks the kind of dark, descriptive richness a story like this would benefit from. The book ends with an all-too-neat conclusion, wrapping up every thread before suddenly opening it all back up again (with the obvious hopes of a sequel). Libraries looking to supplement teen horror and thriller collections are better off looking elsewhere.—Angie Manfredi, Los Alamos County Library System, NM
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937053994
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 944,436
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Amowitz is an artist and graphic designer by trade, but writing has always been a deep and abiding passion. As a mom of an actual teen, she's not just writing YA; she's living it.
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  • Posted September 17, 2014

    The start of the book was hard for me to really get going.  BUT

    The start of the book was hard for me to really get going.  BUT after the first two chapters, it really grabbed me.  This was a MUCH different story than anything I've read before.  Sort of like CSI meets high school.  Lisa wrote a very neat crime story for YA.  I mean, there is gore, don't get me wrong, but this is something I would let my teens and maybe preteens read!  It gave me the shivers, but that may be because I was reading it at night!!

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

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    I¿ve seen a few reviews that, although very positive, specifical

    I’ve seen a few reviews that, although very positive, specifically mention that the reviewers found the beginning of this book to be rather slow. I didn’t feel that way at all; indeed, those first pages are crammed with information without being the dreaded info dump. Through Ms. Amowitz’s skillful prose, we learn that Bobby is conflicted, more so than most boys his age. He has to be the responsible member of the family and while he loves his father, he resents having to be the adult. He’d like to get out but he’s much too loyal to his young brother to leave him behind and so, he’ll soldier on. For relief, Bobby loves music and he is never as peaceful as when he’s fishing. Then, a very strange thing happens to him and he has a blinding headache and what he can only assume is a terrible hallucination. The pain and fear and near blindness make him wonder if he can even make it home.

    All that in the first four or five pages!

    Are the horrendous scenes Bobby is seeing some sort of psychic visions or entirely his imagination? Or are they, perhaps, something far worse, something he won’t be able to bear? People he cares about are in critical danger if he’s not crazy but, just when he thinks he’s figured it out, a woman named Maura Reston comes into his life with an amazing story to tell and an offer he might not be able to refuse. First, though, he’s in for an even bigger shock that could turn his whole life on end.

    Bobby is an appealing young man, one who drew my attention from the very beginning. He is at turns frightened, falling in love, loyal, angry, confused, happy, depressed, all the things you would expect to find in a seventeen-year-old boy and so much more that he shouldn’t have to be. At one moment, he’s sure he has no future and, at the next, he’s soaring on the wings of hope. Bobby will linger in my thoughts for quite a while.

    A number of the other people in Bobby’s life stand out for a variety of reasons, especially his dad, a man who has been beaten down to nothing, and Coco, a true example of what a best friend can be. Gabe seemed a bit unrealistic but is still engaging and Pete…well, Pete is the dog everybody should have. Really, all the characters in Vision are interesting and well-rounded and are a testament to Ms. Amowitz’s writing ability.

    The author also knows how to create and carry out a solid plot. I had an inkling early on as to who the killer might be and, as it turned out, I was right, but that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story because there was still a lot to find out. Ms. Amowitz kept the tension high till the final pages and that’s what I expect in a good thriller.

    I’m not sure whether Ms. Amowitz intends to continue Bobby’s story but I certainly hope she will—I want to know what will happen next to him and all the folks in his life ;-)

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  • Posted September 11, 2014

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    I absolutely loved this book. It's chilling enough that I would

    I absolutely loved this book. It's chilling enough that I would have liked to only read it during the day but it was one of those "I can't put it down" books so I ended up reading into the night just to finish it. And then spent the next several weeks looking over my shoulder. The characters are the kind that stay with you long after you've finished the book, and not just the main character, but the side characters as well. Bobby's visions are truly horrifying, as are the consequences of those visions. The story kept me hooked and guessing and sad that the story ended (I'm hoping for a sequel!!). If you like murder and mystery and an amazing male main character, you definitely need to read this one. I highly recommend!

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