Author: L.J. Hamlin
Title: Blood Visions
Series: Visions 1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
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Private detective Ronan Bayne is a former cop who now runs his own agency specializing in all things paranormal. After several women go missing, and the cops and FBI are equally frustrated and at a loss, Ronan is called in to see if he can find answers they can't.
After waking up from a terrible vision of a girl, darkness, and blood, Dustin tries to go to the police but to no avail. But on a visit to the crime scene, he crosses paths with Ronan.
Reluctantly, the two men join forces to locate the missing, but both the case and the partnership prove to be more complicated than either man expects...
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ronan is a private detective hired when a number of women started going missing under mysterious circumstances. Given his specialty is magical cases, he knows he's the best option to find the answer. Then he meets Dustin, whose visions might be the key to solving the mystery, but who might also distract Ronan and leave them all dead instead.
Overall I liked this start to a new series. Dustin's visions and abilities were interesting and I liked seeing how he and Ronan, a regular human without any special abilities, were able to work together so seamlessly. Their characterizations just worked and that made the book that much more enjoyable to read.
I didn't appreciate the overall plot. I won't go into too much detail to avoid spoilers, but every conclusion they came to and every step forward they made in solving the mystery was a bit of a stretch for me. Even Ronan's being hired by the police didn't quite work. Given the police were forced to ignore magic's existence, I just don't see them reaching out to Ronan even thought Ronan is friends with the chief. There needed to be something more in the world building that allowed for all the stretches to work.
I really liked the overall characterizations, but I felt that much of the plot wasn't believable. Still, I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series and that is why I do recommend it.
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