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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Dying Thoughts: Second Sight by Joey Paul is an enthralling YA paranormal story with strong hints of crime. It follows Tara, a young girl who lost her mother at the age of six. She regrets that instead of leaving her with something more valuable, like money, her mother left her a gift. Her gift is the ability to see the last moments of someone by simply touching something that belonged to them. Few people know about her gift, including her ex-pop star father, her best friend, Kaolin, and the police. The police ask her to help in solving murders, but that has other negative effects on her and her studies. When faced with a unique tragic situation, will she be able to use her gift to unravel the truth?
Joey Paul has created a wonderful character in Tara. The story is told from her point of view and in an engrossing first-person narrative voice. I was pulled in by the quirkiness in her voice and her unusual way of interpreting events in her life. Tara is not just gifted, she is intelligent, and readers will enjoy following her thoughts as her inner world unfolds before them. Her gift is, indeed, her curse. At least, that is how it feels when readers get to know her. The author does a wonderful job of character development, exploring them elaborately and allowing relationships between the characters to deepen as the plot moves steadily forward. The dialogues are well-crafted and they raise the entertainment quality of the novel. While Dying Thoughts: Second Sight is the second book in the series, it reads well as a standalone story with impeccable world-building, unforgettable characters, and a storytelling gift that hypnotizes.