A nice, scary story which had me sitting on the edge of my seat wondering whether Carlie would survive her psychic abilities. How does an almost sixteen year old cope with being able to see a murderers face in the eyes of his victim? Scary enough, but the murderer is also drawn to her by some sort of psychic link. I liked the way Carlie’s life carried on despite her need to either hide her abilities or put them to good use. Despite telling her boyfriend Dillon she will not lie to him, she does and justifies it by saying it’s for the best, but then has to face the consequences. The author paints a great character picture of Carlie and Dillon, plus her new friend Jenna. The story has a nice balance between the normal life of a teenager who’s trying to come to terms with her parents divorce, and wanting to help with the nastiness that’s going on around her. I have to admit, at first I didn’t think I’d like this story, but as I got further into the book it hooked me, making me want to find out what happened next. Good book, satisfying ending and well written.
Carlie Henson is pretty, popular, and an All-American girl. She has a gorgeous boyfriend and a mother who lives to keep her safe. Probably because everyone is drawn to Carlie…including the murderers she has the ability to identify when she looks in the eyes of their victims.
Keeping Carlie’s secret is pretty simple when all she has to do is avoid dead people. But when a cheerleader at her high school is murdered and the killer seems to have gotten away with it, Carlie knows what she has to do. With the help of her boyfriend, Dillon, she devises a plan to see what she must, no matter her personal safety.
But when Dillon is the one who’s injured in the showdown with the killer, Carlie vows to never help anyone again…until the next young woman attacked is her best friend, Jenna.
14+ due to adult situations
“Guess what else I found out this week?”
“I’m kinda scared to ask,” he replies, but his eyes say something different. He’s more than a little intrigued.
“My mom told me something horrible about myself, about something that happened to me.”
“She was bathing me when I was a baby, and I drowned in the bathtub when she got distracted.”
His eyes widen. “Are you serious?”
“Yes. I died for a few minutes and everything. That’s why she thinks I have my ability—thinks it opened up some part of my brain that allows me to see.”
There’s nothing to say at the moment, so Dillon simply looks at me, like he’s searching for something comforting to say. I know how he feels hearing it. It’s hard to process. After a few seconds he sits up straighter.
“Well,” he says, “it does make sense. I’m just so sorry that happened when you were a baby. I bet it about drove your mom crazy, the guilt and all, I mean.”
“Pretty much,” I say. “I’m just glad I know now.”
He smiles. “Well, this just confirms what I’ve always known, that you’re a total miracle. He pulls out a black velvet box and hands it to me. “Happy Late Birthday, Miracle Baby.”
I totally forgot that this is our “rain check” date for my birthday celebration. I swear, I’m losing it. “Oh, Dillon, you didn’t have to get me anything.”
“What? Not buy my girlfriend something legit on her birthday? Are you kidding me? Go ahead, open it.”
I lift the lid, revealing a thin, gold chain with just about the sweetest heart-shaped locket I’ve ever seen. “Oh, God, it’s beautiful. Thank you.”
“Turn it over,” he says.
I do. It’s engraved on the back with the words My Forever Sweet 16. Love, Dillon.
“The heart opens, of course, but I didn’t put a picture in it yet,” he says. “Thought I’d let you do that. Do you like it?”
“I love it.” My eyes fill with moisture. “You are the sweetest boyfriend on the planet, you know that?”
“Yeah,” he replies, “I know.”
He lifts the necklace from the box and holds it up in front of me.
“Move your hair and I’ll put it on you.”
I do as instructed and he hooks the necklace. The heart is cold when it touches my skin, but it warms me to the core. And this time when I nuzzle his neck, I follow with a long, slow kiss.
“I love the locket. It’s perfect.”
“No, you’re perfect.” He kisses me until my stomach fills with tingles that shoot all the way to my toes. “Every part of you is perfect, you hear me? And I love you, Carlie Henson.”
What a unique, cool and terrifying idea. Carlie can look into the eyes of murder victims and see the murderer. So, what’s a strange girl to do? Simple, avoid dead bodies. Problem solved. But a cheerleader is murder and it looks like the killer will go free if Carlie doesn’t use her gift to help. With the help of her boyfriend Dillion, they search and he’s injured. She’s horrified of losing him so she vows never to help again, until the next victim turns out to be her friend. Love, love, love the plot! It’s a young adult, mystery, paranormal gem. Carlie is a great character. She’s not your average teenager but she sure as hell is trying to be. I like how she feels this sense of right and wrong. As scared as she is, she gathers up enough courage to face this killer with horrible results. As the plot twists and turns the danger gets more intense. This is definitely an edge of your seat story. I could not stop reading. The romance between Dillion and Carlie is adorable! It’s flirty but doesn’t jump into the inappropriate column like many YA novels these days. I fell in love with these characters so when the ending came it is both amazing and bittersweet. I didn’t want this story to end. This is my first book by this author and sure as hell, not my last! See is a must read, edge of your seat book!
Amazing lee ann, it captured my attention from the first few pages. You have a wonderful talent continued blessings for success
The characters are particularly well-drawn, and the plot lines are skillfully woven together. I definitely did not fall asleep on this one. The suspense kept my attention until the end - and I didn't want it to end. Well done!
I was drawn into this book from the first paragraph and could not put it down until I finished it! Ms. Ward is a masterful storyteller, and the tale she has woven with "See" will stay with me. The main character, Carlie, is relatable in her imperfections and quirks, but she is also so big-hearted, brave, and loyal that I was rooting for her from the very beginning. With a swirling, suspenseful plot that kept me guessing until the very end and a terrific cast of characters, I enjoyed watching Carlie apply her particular brand of problem-solving to balancing crises with tending to her relationships and caring for those she cares about most. A fresh, original, and thoroughly enjoyable story of inspiration and courage that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
I have loved all of Lee Ann's books that I have read. "SEE" is the best one yet! I loved the characters and the suspense. A page turner for sure. I hope there are more to come.
The 5 star rating was because it kept me on the edge of my seat, I could barely put it down. The vivid characters descriptions made me feel like I knew them. I can hardly wait for the next book.
Intense. This is one "superpower " I don't want. Realistic characters, snappy dialogue, with plenty of mystery.
Thanks to Carlie's incredible talent of being able to identify killers by looking into the eyes of their victims, SEE is a completely new kind of mystery. The story is a fascinating and breathless page turner, truly thrilling. Lee Ann Ward is an author to watch.
I knocked this book out in only a few nights (made for a couple sleepless nights). Once I started it I just couldn't put it down. I fell in love with the characters immediately and hope they have more to say.
This is a fantastic book. Could not put it down. The writing is descriptive and smooth flowing. Suspenseful. Loved the characters. Looking forward to the next book in the series.