Gripping. Suspenseful. Touching.
A truly fine novel.
I first discovered [a:Jason Parent|6505947|Jason Parent|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1377873108p2/6505947.jpg] a few years ago, around the same time I'd been reading David Wong's [b:This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It|12924261|This Book Is Full of Spiders Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It (John Dies at the End, #2)|David Wong|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1365496944s/12924261.jpg|18079704]. Still craving another dose of comedy-tinged horror, Parent's first novel, [b:What Hides Within|15828545|What Hides Within|Jason Parent|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1344971981s/15828545.jpg|21561970], satisfied and then some with its highly original cocktail of thriller, horror and comedy with a touch of bizarro.
I've been lucky enough to meet and get to know Jason Parent in the intervening years, and have had the ongoing pleasure of collaborating with him on several horror anthologies since, so I want to be up front and transparent about my relationship with the author.
Nevertheless, I originally met the author as a result of being a fan first and foremost, and so it was with a bit of trepidation that I approached [b:Seeing Evil|25269277|Seeing Evil|Jason Parent|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1427988543s/25269277.jpg|44994442], his second full-length novel, and a paranormal thriller rather than horror at that. The book's synopsis didn't thrill me, to be honest, but I decided to give it a go and see if it grabbed me.
It did. [b:Seeing Evil|25269277|Seeing Evil|Jason Parent|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1427988543s/25269277.jpg|44994442] is a perfectly-paced book, with intriguing characters and white-knuckle, edge of your seat tension. The villain is particularly haunting in an all-too-plausible way, and even a few days after having finished reading the events of the book are still vividly etched in my mind. Parent's writing here is top notch - sleek, efficient and with surprising emotional depth.
I can't recommend this book highly enough to fans of almost any genre.