Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Jake Paris was a regular, average guy who had a live-in girlfriend and a job that kept him on his toes. He was promoted within the company at regular intervals with high hopes of landing a position near the top of his department. That was his plan until the moment everything changed and his world crumbled around him in every way possible.
After receiving an unexpected visit from a strange old woman, Jake is seeing children in places that children would never be expected. What is more surprising to his the fact that no one else around him can see or hear them. Just Jake. He turns to his friend, Dan, for help but before they can make progress in understanding the reasons why, Jake receives news that his nephew has been abducted.
As the drama surrounding the abduction unfolds, Jake is caught between two worlds. He does his best to manage both but the stress pulls him under. He begins to doubt himself. It's only with a little bit of divine intervention that he's able to find the right thing to do. But will it be in time to not only help himself, but to help Gabe as well?
This story will not end the way you think it will. Yes, it involves a serial killer. Yes, it has children being abducted and families ripped apart. But man, does it trick you! I thought I had everything lined up and knew where it was heading only to have the rug pulled out from under me! For once, I was genuinely wrong about a plot and enjoyed it.
The characters are well written and draw you into their state of mind easily. The only hard part about the entire book was trying to decipher the dialogue of the youngest children. The author spelled it as the child would have actually said the words. The characters were flawed in a realistic way. I have to say that the only downfall to the book that I could find was that the ending seemed a little rushed. It was more like a quick tying up of loose ends rather than anything. However, the conclusion of the book was very much worth the ride to it.
This is one of those quick-to-read books that takes you on a wild ride through a bunch of twists and turns only to leave you with a good feeling toward the end. Without spoiling the entire book, I will simply say that I had to give it 3.5 stars because it was a good story that didn't drag things out or try to make itself seem larger than it truly was. Although I don't think it's one that I'll read over and over again, I definitely enjoyed it while I had it. If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary to spend some time with, this is definitely the book to turn to!
Unseen by John Michael Hileman is available in both paperback and Kindle forms. The book was released in August 2012 by Amlin Publishing. John Michael Hileman is the author of several other books including Messages and Voices. His works can be purchased from Amazon.com by clicking the link below.
Unseen by John Michael Hileman