The Visionary by Charli Coty #mm #review @CharliCoty @ninestarpress

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Colin Page, eighteen-year-old community college student, apple polisher and all-around goody-goody, has a secret. He sees things that aren’t there. Unfortunately, the Doc Martens on the floor of the mail vestibule in his apartment building really are there and attached to a dead body. Hunkered over the body is someone Colin had barely noticed before, Private Investigator Al Green. Most people scare Colin, but for some reason, Al doesn’t, even after he reveals that he knows about the hidden reality of their world.

Alonzo Green, despite his low-power mind, is determined to help right the wrongs he unknowingly contributed to. He’s also hopelessly smitten. He knows it’s wrong—probably even dangerous—to enlist Colin’s help with the investigation. And that’s before considering all Al has to fear from Colin’s fiercely protective and powerful mother.

Colin and Al put some of the pieces together, but as soon as one thing becomes clear, the picture changes. The search for the Big Bad takes them from Portland to Tacoma and Seattle, and eventually to San Francisco, but their journey into each other’s arms is much shorter. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14A-nony-mouseTAG

The concept was fantastic. The way the author put it across was slightly confusing. And at times, majorly confusing.

The book is told in 3 parts. The first part is from Colin’s POV, from his meeting Alonzo, the murders he tries to investigate along with Alonzo, and of their relationship as it progresses. The second part is from Alonzo’s POV and is kind of putting an end to the bad guy in the first part. The third is both of their POVs (alternating) about them going for the real bad guy.

The Visionary had promise. But I spent a lot of my time feeling muddled. From the moving tattoos to the moving art to not being able to tell what Colin was seeing or if he was just feeling it instead. There were tons of scenes – especially in Alonzo’s POV – where he told the reader he had a conversation with someone and yet we never heard what that conversation was. It happened over and over and over again.

In a suspense book like this, I understand the reader needs to be kept in the dark about a few things, but it felt like the characters were almost deliberate in their denial of information that would have given things away – like when Alonzo refused to let Dawn tell him the truth. That became frustrating quickly and this is not a fast moving book.

Some things I never quite felt were explained either. Such as, someone is stealing humans’ life force, killing them. It makes the perpetrator younger. Okay, I got that. But the characters insisted Alonzo was 26 and yet so many times it sounded like he was actually much older but had been made younger through some magical means – like taking Colin’s power through sex. And yet, even at the end, Alonzo was supposed to only be 26.

However, with all that said, I did like the book. The idea was great and I liked the way Colin saw colors – now that would be an interesting gift to have, though I can see how it could become a headache over time. I loved how Lavaughn was a good guy. He was probably one of my favorite characters in the whole book. And I loved the gritty Urban Fantasy feel to it. Portland is one of my favorite cities, so I loved that a third of the book took place there. I do wish we could have truly understood how Colin suddenly learned how to use gifts he’d never had before – such as the bubble.

A likeable book, but with too many things not explained and too much confusion, I give it 3 stars.

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Kindle | NineStar Press