Blind Sight

Blind Sight

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"The nun was dead. Her body lay on the lawn outside Gracie Mansion, the home of New York City's mayor, and it wasn't alone. There were four of them altogether. They'd been killed at different times, in different places, and dumped there. There should have been five--but the boy was missing. Jonah Quill, blind since birth, sat in a car driven by a killer and wondered where they were going. Though he was blind, Jonah saw more than most people did. It was his secret, and he was counting on that to save his life. Detective Kathy Mallory was counting on herself to save his life. It took her a while to realize that the missing-person case she was pursuing was so intimately connected to the massacre on the mayor's lawn. But there was something about the boy she was searching for that reminded her of herself, all those years ago, when she was an orphan adrift in a world over which she had little control and determined never to let that happen again. She would find him--she just hoped it'd be in time"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780399184239
0399184236
Characteristics: 388 pages

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gr8_reader
Jul 02, 2017

this was a frustrating book - it feels as if O'Connell is using Mallory to write ugly stories about human nature... the characters do not develop or grow or change in any way and I'm not really interested any more... she's a good writer but she seems to be a one-trick pony show and "'Mallory the Machine' that everybody loathes but can't stop themselves from loving" is getting tiresome...

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Sep 11, 2016

A nun with a colourful past.
A blind boy playing hooky from school.
A fragile homeless man.

On a sunny day in one of New York’s historic neighbourhoods, the lives of these 3 characters intersect thanks to one man on a mission. Only one will survive.

Detective (don’t call me Kathy) Mallory is approached by a priest who fears for the missing Sister Michael. It doesn’t take her long to dig up the good nun’s past & her connection to blind 12 year old Jonah. But how did the mayor know the nun was missing before the police? And speaking of the mayor….um….has he noticed the 4 bodies on his lawn?

The opening sequence grabs your attention immediately. It’s obvious this is going to be a complex story with many threads that initially run parallel to each other. The fun part is sitting back & watching as Mallory & long suffering partner Riker begin to tie them together. Along the way, they deal with smarmy politicians, Jonah’s family members & some of the city’s wealthiest citizens.

In alternate chapters, we spend time with Jonah & his captor. They’re both compelling characters whose lives were altered by Angie Quill, AKA Sister Michael. Jonah’s character in particular packs an emotional punch & gives a fascinating “look” into the mind of a boy blind from birth. He’s smart & resourceful and there’s an almost mystical element to his story.

This is book # 12 & it’s hard to believe the series has been around since 1994. Mallory is a complex character & the author surrounds her with a diverse cast & rich history. It’s a series that rewards faithful fans as the relationships between regular characters continue to evolve. Most of the gang is back including all the poker buddies she inherited from her late adoptive father.

There’s no shortage of twists & turns before the book reaches a literal race to the finish. Great read.

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