cover image Sight


Adrienne Maria Vrettos. Margaret K. McElderry Books, $16.99 (272pp) ISBN 978-1-4169-0657-5

Dylan, the 16-year-old heroine of Vrettos\x92s (Skin) tightly written suspense story, has visions; although she hides it from her lifelong friends, she can see child murder victims. Similar to the Patricia Arquette character on Medium, Dylan has worked with local police on specific cases, ever since she \x93saw\x94 the location of a kindergarten classmate abducted and murdered 11 years ago by a killer who has been dubbed the Drifter. When evidence from a recent murder shows that the Drifter is back, Dylan revisits her visions night after night\x97and when a new girl, Cate, moves to their small mountain town, Dylan sees an opportunity to forge a more honest relationship and entrusts Cate with her secret. But Cate asks far too many questions to be of much comfort. A cast of well-developed characters surrounds Dylan, their presence balancing the paranormal element and introducing still more secrets and mysteries. Vrettos never allows the content to become overly graphic or frightening, and she slowly ratchets up the psychological tension. Readers will be riveted right through the chilling conclusion. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)