I Can See You
By Joss Landry
"Emma stuck her face to the window to watch the rain. Lightning in the background drew a fiery specter in the sky while her eyes traced the water droplets running down the pane like tears." Emma Willis is ten years old and has a secret. She not only inherited her grandmother's power of sight, she can accomplish much more. Like most children without siblings growing up amongst adults, she is precocious yet at times lonely. When a murderer is loose in Newark, a maniac with a thirst for killing little girls, she begins to understand why her Granny Dottie called her sight a curse. She will need all her powers to catch a killer and help the people in her life: Detective Hank Apple, her teacher Christina Tyler, and her little family of three. Only … the madman knows who she is!
Christina is waiting for Hank who is gone to the precinct and had Emma call to tell her. She hopes he will not shy away from confiding in her this time.
Christina simply thanked Emma for calling her and letting her know she was home and safe. She was not about to ask for drawn out explanations at this late hour. She wondered why Hank had asked Emma to call her.
Sitting in the chair by her bed with the room plunged in darkness she recalled the kiss they shared before Abigail's phone call, tender and passionate, not the embrace of a man just looking for sex. She was well acquainted with Hank, enough to realize he not only wanted her, he also loved her-his touch so emotionally charged nerve endings in her neck and all the way down her spine still tingled from evoking the memory.
She got up and pushed the curtain back to glance at the street below her eyes sweeping past the empty vast expanse of school yard, familiar yet resembling a huge patch of ink at this time of night when the city dimmed the yard's perimeter lights.
Though her heart went out to Emma, the poor little rich girl, rich on talents yet poor on happiness, she prayed Hank would remember the promise he'd made to her between the sheets, to be open and above board with her during a crisis rather than letting the walls close in behind him. She kept her fingers crossed he would call her to confide about the heavy burden obviously weighing on him right now.
She glanced at the portable phone perched in its berth on her night stand and found it impossible to pick up. She'd promised Hank she would not put her pride before her love for him. What welled up insider her was not pride, more like a voice of reason stating Hank needed to make the first step.
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.
Emma Willis is a ten year old who has special abilities she inherited from her Grandmother Dottie; her father's mother. Emma can see things that have not happened yet and she can also see the past. Emma is very talented and powerful but her father told her a long time ago that she has to keep her abilities to herself. She is not allowed to talk about or tell anyone what she is can do. He has no idea what Emma goes through day after day; things that a child should never have to live through. Emma has no idea how to use her powers or what all she can do. Emma has to live with her secret and she has to keep it all bottled up inside. If it were not for her Grandmother's dairy or book of shadows that has been passed down from generation to generation that explains how to use her powers then she would not have a clue as to how to control her powers or what to do with them.
Someone is going around killing little girls in Emma's town and she knows who it is. When the killer learns that she can identify him, he stops looking for other little girls to kill. Now he is always hot on her tail. He has to get to her and kill her before she can find out who exactly he is and then tell the police. Emma is lucky that her teacher over hears a conversation between Emma and one of her best friends Tommy. Her teacher steps up to the home plate to help Emma to stay safe. Her teacher once dated a detective who works at the police department downtown. Emma learns that she can trust her teacher and the detective and knows that they will help her find who is after her. Both of them have promised Emma that they will not tell her father that she is helping them to find who is killing the little girls. Hopefully they will find and arrest the killer before it is too late.
Emma is a very smart and mature for a ten year old. But I guess if all ten years olds had experienced what she has then they would probably mature early as well. But Emma does still acts her age at times which is not a bad thing. No it is a good thing, I mean when she acts her age she is still a very kind and loving person.
There is so much in I Can See You that I can relate to. Some with Emma and some with other characters in the book. There is so many twist and turns that at times you don't know which way is up. Joss Landry takes you on the ride of your life with I Can See You. You get a whole lot of mystery, romance, friendship and family time too. Even Emma has a boyfriend well Tommy is not exactly her boyfriend but he is her friend and he is a boy. Little Emma is a very couragous little girl. She stands tall and brave when she gets herself into a little trouble sometimes.
About the Author-
With a degree in commerce, Joss has worked as a consultant for more than twenty years, writing copy for marketing firms and assisting start-up companies launch their business. She recently made the switch from composing copy and promos, to writing fiction and prose. She is developing her style through courses and the support of other writers. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and is presently working on honing three other novels for publication. Blessed with four children and five grandchildren, she resides in Montreal with her husband, a staunch supporter, and enjoys spending time biking, rollerblading, playing tennis, and swimming. She loves creating stories as she says they fulfill her need to think outside the box.