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by Lisa Amowitz

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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

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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 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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School Library Journal
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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Spencer Hill Press
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5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)
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14 - 18 Years

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Vision 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReesesSH More than 1 year ago
Author Lisa Amowitz definitely just took me on the ride of a life time. Never before have I read a story so full of mystery, magic, and beauty before. Bobby’s life wasn’t perfect. He worked, cooked, cleaned, went to school and took care of his crippled father and younger brother. He had friends and life wasn’t too bad. He knew his life wasn’t going anymore fast and he never expected much out of life. Then everything changed the day he met Gabe. She was everything he could ever want and never have. Working for her father he can’t afford to lose his job. Except life became a whole lot more complicated because Bobby is having visions of people dying and the victims are becoming closer to him. Everything along with these visions is making his life more and more complicated because with each passing vision he begins to lose his sight. Now Bobby must find the killer with no sight before the next victim is Gabe. Bobby was an amazing character. He cares about the people around him and always does whatever he can to help them. He did have issues with accepting help; viewing it as charity rather than people actually caring about him but I enjoyed his character. He was sweet and so cute when dealing with Gabe. He always tried to take care of her and I loved their encounters after they first met. Bobby was definitely shy and I loved how Gabe teased him often. Another aspect about Bobby I really enjoyed was how he never gave up. He remained strong and while not completely optimistic he never gave up trying to save those he cared about even at the expense of himself. Visions was definitely an original book. This novel was definitely unique in plot, characters, and the entire story line. Nothing ever seemed to go the way I predicted. The murderer was definitely not who I expected in the least. I wasn’t sure if Gabe and Bobby were going to work out or if the father would approve. Everything was as cloudy as Bobby’s vision became. Visions left off on a bit of a cliffhanger which honestly fit this fantastic story rather well. I am so happy I got to read this story. I wasn’t sure what to think when I got my copy and I wasn’t sure I would like how it wasn’t written in third person. I usually don’t take to those types of stories written in that sort of fashion. However, I really took to this story. I couldn’t put it down for a minute and honestly read it in one sitting. Overall, I really enjoyed Visions and would highly recommend it. The mystery kept me guessing. The romance was sweet and helped character development and the story line was unique and unpredictable. Really enjoyed this and am definitely excited to continue reading more of Lisa Amowitz’s crafty writing.
DesPutaski More than 1 year ago
I received this book as part of Rockstars Book Tours Blog Tour. Lisa has an amazing writing style that truly allows you to get inside the head of her characters. I have to say that I liked this book a little bit more than Breaking Glass. The characters are fantastic and so well fleshed out it’s not like reading about people who are made up at all. Bobby’s father is a veteran of the war in Iraq and was severely injured in combat, his mother has left (evidently unable to deal with his father’s disability), and now he’s left to care and provide his father, his younger brother, and himself. He’s a boy who has had to grow up way too fast. The job he does is admirable and you can’t help but feel for him and want him to succeed in everything. He has tried to keep things as normal as possible for his younger brother. Everything about the character interactions is believable and really sucks you. For the most part this is a mystery/suspense, but Bobby develops blinding headaches, literally he goes blind, and during these episodes he begins to sense and “see” things on a psychic level. The only part that I guess I could say I was uninterested in, was the intervention of a “government agency” to recruit him because of his newfound ability. But there is a serial killer on the lose in his hometown and because of his new abilities he is able to track the killer and he’s desperately trying to stop the killings. The plot just gets better and better with every page. There was a point where I was certain that I had it all figured out. I knew who the killer was and I was sad… because I didn’t want this book to be predictable. And just when I was ready to yell at my Kindle… Lisa throws a plot twist in there that makes me scratch my head. I did not see it coming, but it was fantastic. The ending wraps everything up for this book, but leaves just enough out there to lead into the next book in the series and I can’t wait! The characters are great, the pacing is great, the plot is superb… overall, this is an amazing read!
broncos09 More than 1 year ago
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!!
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
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 ;-)
MichelleMcLean More than 1 year ago
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!