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"I gave up my eyes in order to see more clearly…"
Jeremiah Hunt is a man determined for justice when his young daughter, Elizabeth, suddenly disappears. When the police find nothing, he can’t stand idly by and wait for action. He turns to the supernatural and does something drastic… Now Jeremiah is blind, but he can see the souls of the dead. Having given up his marriage and career for this ability, Jeremiah ends up assisting the police with odd cases, in the hopes that one day this will lead him to his daughter. Despite the belief by some that he may have actually killed Elizabeth, he lives a life that isn’t happy, but is at least something – until a series of murders come to light that may or may not be connected to his family.
As an urban fantasy with a male protagonist, it was inevitable that Eyes to See was going to be compared to The Dresden Files, a great series filled with humour, police investigations, a little romance, and a mixture of fantastical creatures. Whilst both are enjoyable for fairly different reasons, there is not in fact that much similar about these two books. Eyes to See is a much more somber book, with the pain of Elizabeth’s disappearance weighing heavily on Jeremiah, who as a character is lacking Harry Dresden’s easy humour and charm. Also, it only features ghosts – no vampires, werewolves, or faereis here. Despite all this, Eyes to See is a good book, with a great premise and a main character whose suffering is relatable and sympathetic throughout. Though it can feel a little too serious at times, this mood fits with the overall tone. The scene where Jeremiah finally discovers what happened to his daughter and visits his ex-wife was very moving, and probably the best part of the book – it brought a tear to my eyes.
Eyes to See also features other great ideas, like two ghost called Whisper and Scream. These ghost provide Jeremiah with “ghost-sight” and super strength to aid him in his investigations. He also has help from a bar tender with links to the supernatural, Dmitri, and a witch, Denise, who has prophetic dreams about Jeremiah. This relationship with all these people (ghost and human) is slowly built upon, which is realistic considering what Jeremiah has been through, though can become a little frustrating to read. Thought there is no romance, there is a possibility for one to develop between Jeremiah and Denise in the rest of the series. It is however very satisfying to read a book about the supernatural that doesn’t offer a easy solution out of every problem, and leaves Eyes to See nicely open for a sequel.
Overall, I would recommend this book, but only for those in the mood for a quieter, more serious urban fantasy.