Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery)
by Victoria Laurie
Review by Sherry Lilley
NAL Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451473875
Date: 07 June 2016 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
[Editor's Note: This review originally appeared in our August 2015 issue.]
Not many people would come away with something good from a stint in the slammer after annoying a judge so much that they were tossed in jail for contempt. But Abby is not most people. Tossed in jail, she meets her cellmate--who is due to be executed shortly if her last appeal is denied. But Abby senses that this woman did not commit the crime of which she is accused, and Abby is determined to prevent her execution. She has very little time, and very little hope.
Abbyís cellmate, Skylar Miller, was convicted of killing her son in a brutal murder. And the evidence truly seems to support that conviction. Skylar is on her last appeal, and as Abby knows, in Texas, once the last appeal is denied, execution is held very, very soon. Even Skylar thinks she's going to die soon. But Abby knows that would be wrong.
Abby, with Candice reluctantly along for the ride, sets off to prove Skylar did not murder her son. If she can just find the evidence, maybe she can prevent a state-sanctioned murder, because executing the innocent is tantamount to murder. The ride is bumpy, and time sensitive. Very time sensitive. The crime is many years old and evidence has been lost, people have forgotten. Maybe. Maybe somebody who just wasnít willing to admit what they knew, or thought they knew, might be willing to talk now. Abby just needs to find somebody like that. Maybe the evidence was not all brought into court. Maybe, maybe, maybe. Abby needs to find the right maybe and turn it into a yes.
She must talk to the detective who did the original investigation. This in itself is a challenge because he is not a fan of Candice, or Abby by extension. Was there sloppy police work? Maybe thatís an angle Abby can pursue. Time, time, itís running away too fast.
This was a good book. It was hard to put down, the story was engaging, and the woo woo factor was not so far out there that it was unbelievable. The cast of characters, as always, was engaging. The story was good. I don't know that I would take this to the beach, however. That might lead to a nasty sunburn when I got caught up in the story and spent too much in the sun.