Suddenly Psychic (Glimmer Lake, #1)
by Elizabeth Hunter (Goodreads Author)
Amy Caudill‘s review
From Elizabeth Hunter, the author who made elemental vampires cool and believable, comes a new series featuring three women who, having survived a near-death experience, discover they have developed paranormal abilities.
One of the trio sees ghosts, one has prophetic dreams, and the third receives visions when she touches objects or people. The three women, all in their mid-forties, that’s right, they’re not following the usual teenage trope, have to cope with the sudden onset of powers while dealing with ordinary, normal life things.
Robin is a mother of teenagers whose life and marriage is in a rut, and cannot imagine telling her husband about her new gift. Monica, the receptor of dreams, is grieving over the recent death of her husband, and coping with children of her own. Val, a divorcee and single mom, runs a business but cannot touch her customers without triggering a vision.
When Robin begins to suspect there is a link from one of her “spectral visitors” to her elderly grandmother, the three women come together to solve a seventy-year old murder mystery. Along the way, they work on their issues, personally and as a group. They also explore their gifts in an attempt to understand and control them.
I have to say I love the premise of this series. The fact that three middle-aged women are dealing with this gives this series a different slant than if these books were designed for young adults. That being said, after some initial disbelief/denial, the three seem to accept their plight fairly easily. Okay, Val struggles the most, but none of them consult any experts-medical, theological, etc., to try and figure out why this is happening to them. By the end of the story, they manage to cast out an evil ghost with only information found on the Internet.
I would have liked to see them struggle a little more, have a steeper learning curve maybe? Perhaps that will occur in later books, because as I mentioned, this is the first of series, the second, My Semi-Psychic Life, having just been released a few months ago.
Overall, the book was very enjoyable and I would recommend it to fans of urban fantasy and paranormal mysteries and award it four stars.