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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite
Dying Thoughts - First Touch is a young adult paranormal novel by Joey Paul. Tara Leverton has a psychic gift, a trait she inherited from her mother. Touching any object belonging to a dead person enables her to witness the dying moments of the owner. These visions are unsettling, especially since picking up her mother’s possessions means watching her being stabbed to death. Tara cannot fathom why she would visualize this when her father has always maintained that her mother had died from cancer? One day, Tara touches a locket that belonged to her new friend Kaolin’s deceased father. Despite Kaolin’s claims that her father had also died from cancer, Tara sees a shooting episode. How will Tara solve this mystery, especially when everyone refuses to believe in her psychic abilities?
Dying Thoughts - First Touch is the first installment of the Dying Thoughts series and marks the beginning of a new and exciting adventure. Joey Paul gives the narrative a slightly convoluted, rambling tone, which reflects a teenager’s thoughts perfectly. When Tara feels betrayed by her father holding back the truth, it further showcases her immaturity. On the other hand, Tara’s excessive attachment to her bed and reluctance to complete her homework make the account hilarious. I was amazed when despite her general aloofness and the status of a social outcast, she tries her utmost to help Kaolin, her first-ever friend. There are a few loose threads, something I am sure the later books will explain. All in all, this was a fast and enjoyable read.