Visions of You by C.Y. Bourgeois
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have to say that I really enjoyed Visions of You by C.Y. Bourgeois. I received the book as part of the author’s tour at Pump Up Your Books. The book is suitable for young adult readers, but due to a few swear words the book had to be classified as an adult suspense/thriller.
Let me start by saying this book was creepy! The story takes place in the 1970’s, and for some reason, when books take place in that era; I find it scarier (for example Lovely Bones). It just seems like during that time frame the world was a safer place, so when you read about bad things happening during that time – to me it’s scarier than if it took place in the current day.
The main character, Shelby Leight, is a carefree, fun teenager with a loving, close-knit family that has just been rocked by the loss of her brother in the Vietnam War. The family, who lives in a tiny town in Alaska, is just getting over their loss when tragedy strikes again. Young girls are being abducted in Shelby’s town and those surrounding her home. Shelby thinks she has seen the abductor.
Amidst all of the crises a new student, Paul, moves to town. Paul has an interesting background that I don’t want to give away. Let’s just say that I’ve never heard of this condition, but it’s an interesting spin on the topic. Shelby’s best friend is abducted and Paul and Shelby begging talking while waiting for their chance to speak with the FBI agents who come to their school. The two start dating shortly after.
As more girls begin to disappear, Shelby begins having visions of her friend that was abducted. Her friend Larita is trying to tell Shelby where to find the other girls. In the meantime, Shelby and her group of friends plus Paul begin working on a plan to try to catch the person murdering teens. Will Larita get through to Shelby to save an innocent teens life? Will Shelby and crew be able to catch the killer before he catches one of them? What is Paul’s interesting condition? You’re going to have to read to find out, and I promise you, it’s worth it.
C.Y. Bourgeois writes with an edge of your seat intensity in some parts, while in others giving details about Alaska, the 1970’s and vampire clubs. The characters are very well developed and very likable – especially Shelby with her carefree, enthusiastic attitude. As I said before, the story was creepy. Not like in blood and monsters creepy – but the all-to-real horror of innocence lost as teenage girls are abducted and killed by a serial killer. I really hope you’ll all give this one a chance. It’s a good one.
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