Book Review: First Visions by H.T. Wood
I’m a sucker for stories about people with psychic abilities but I have a caveat. That psychic should be otherwise normal. The heroine in this book was perfectly normal until an accident left her with second sight.
It’s a fairly common theme for stories and one that Ms. Wood handles well. She also does a good job of another rather common theme in novels and that’s the fact that the heroine wishes she didn’t have the gift of second sight. And she wishes she’d shut her mouth years ago when her gift helped the police find a missing child because the publicity sent her running into hiding where she’s been ever since. And she definitely doesn’t want to help them again when another child goes missing, even though the detective in charge of the case is a great guy she can’t help falling for. All elements of this story ring true both in real life and in this story and they are handled in a competent manner so I enjoyed reading this book.
Whether or not I’ll read another in the series will depend on my mood at the moment. The element of surprise is missing and sometimes I like surprises. But surprise isn’t what this writer is aiming for so some day in the future if I’m looking for a book that I know will turn out the way I want it to, I just might choose another book by this author.
Now for the rating. I should mention that I hate using stars to rate books. Hate! Hate! Hate! In fact I hate rating books in any way at all. I’d much rather just tell what I think and let the reader take away from my review what they wish. But most reviewers do give stars so I’ll so the same, with the caveat that I’ll never give only 1 or 2 stars because I don’t finish books I don’t like so there’d be nothing to review. I’ll also almost never give 5 stars because I have really, really, really high standards. Shakespeare would make it and a few others. Most won’t. So we’re talking 3 or 4 stars here for the books I read on a daily basis, a range that I suspect most readers look for, a range that provides enjoyable reads without knocking a reader’s socks off.
I’m also going to start reviewing for English usage and grammar and for typos and for lazy editing and anything else in the writing itself that has the potential to take the reader away from the story. This rating will be separate from the rating for the book as a whole. Don’t know exactly how this part will work but I think it should be included because some people want to pass on books that are poorly edited while others wish rating systems wouldn’t give a poor rating to a wonderful story just because of poor editing. This rating will use the full range of 1 to 5 stars because good stories can come in all kinds of packages.
So I’m giving this book a solid 3 stars for the story and a very, very solid 4 stars for good English, grammar and typos. It’s nice to read a book that was written by a professional author who did her homework, told a decent story and spent the time to make sure her book was edited before putting it online.