The Middle Eye
Rebecca Jean Downey
Tate Publishing (2013)
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (01/14)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘The Middle Eye’ by Rebecca Jean Downey on Blogcritics
“The Middle Eye” by Rebecca Jean Downey starts when a little eleven year-old girl ‘Rosa Garcia’ disappears from an El Paso, Texas playground and the Sheriff’s Department seems to think it is an act by a sexual predator. The tragedy of all this is that the FBI won’t get involved until there is more convincing evidence; they are treating this as if she was just another run away.
‘Sheriff Leo Tellez’ has had his own share of tragedy so he takes this missing persons case a little personal. He takes it upon himself to hire ‘Penny Larkin’, a newly-certified remote viewer to help him solve this case. ‘Penny Larkin’ will assist Leo in finding Rosa, and he hopes she can come up with some better clues that he has not been able to find. Penny begins to get mixed signals and not being an experienced viewer, makes a few mistakes which diminish her credibility with the Sheriff’s department resulting in Leo reluctantly having to fire her. But Penny is not discouraged and is on a mission to prove that she can help find Rosa. Placing herself in grave danger, Penny continues to act on her visions. She discovers that Rosa has been captured by a ring of Russian slave traders and, in the process, gets herself caught. They decide to take Penny along on their journey while they deliver Rosa to the man who paid them to kidnap her. The sheriff finds out that Penny has been captured by the kidnappers and comes to her rescue. This gives the reader a whole new adrenalin rush with a new series of events that take place once Leo and his men come to save her.
I enjoyed Downey’s “The Middle Eye” and consider it to be one of the better books that I have had the pleasure to review. Ms. Downey has kept it rated general audience without overly graphic descriptions of some events. The author has done her homework and researched the subject and it shows in the excellent way it was written. “The Middle Eye” intrigued me and compelled me to continue reading. I couldn’t put it down and this resulted in my giving it one of my highest ratings of A on my very tight scale.