Jason Parent, author
Fate in plain sight. Major Crimes Detective Samantha Reilly prefers to work alone—she’s seen as a maverick, and she still struggles privately with the death of her partner. The only person who ever sees her softer side is Michael Turcotte, a teenager she’s known since she rescued him eleven years ago from the aftermath of his parents’ murder-suicide. In foster care since his parents’ death, Michael is a loner who tries to fly under the bullies’ radar, but a violent assault triggers a disturbing ability to view people’s dark futures. No one believes his first vision means anything, though—not even Sam Reilly. When reality mimics his prediction, however, Sam isn’t the only one to take notice. A strange girl named Tessa Masterson asks Michael about her future, and what he sees sends him back to Sam—is Tessa victim or perpetrator? Tessa’s tangled secrets draw Michael and Sam inexorably into a deadly conflict. Sam relies on Michael, but his only advantage is the visions he never asked for. As they track a cold and calculating killer, one misstep could turn the hunters into prey.
A teenager's ability to see the future proves to be a curse when his warnings are ignored in Parent's heartrending thriller set in Fall River, Mass. Loving foster parents raise Michael Turcotte after he witnessed his parents' murder-suicide at age three. In ninth grade, Michael is bullied by Glenn Rodrigues, who also picks on a friend of Michael's, Jimmy Rafferty. When Michael has a vision of Jimmy confronting Glenn with a gun and shooting the kid dead in the school hallway, Michael's closest adult friend, police detective Samantha "Sam" Reilly, who met him the night he became an orphan, tells Michael it was only a dream. Tragically, despite Michael's efforts to stop Jimmy, he guns down his tormentor just as Michael foresaw. Sam switches from skeptic to believer and even uses Michael to assist in a missing-persons case. Parent maintains suspense throughout and throws in more than a few surprises along the way to a satisfying resolution. (BookLife)