Number of Pages: 313
Publication Date: January 29, 2016
Rating: out of 5
OBC Rating: 3 out of 4 stars
This book has been officially reviewed for OnlineBookClub.
The review below is an alternate version of my OBC review one. If you’re curious, you can find my Official OBC review here: Visions Through a Glass, Darkly
Richard Goodman is a teacher/administrator at The Waterman School of Watchmaking. He assists students in honing on their watchmaking skills and to prepare for the future. What makes this school more unique is the student population – these are all students who have some type of handicap, whether they were born with one or had an accident that caused their handicap.
Life hasn’t been easy for Richard, especially with his frightening extra-sensory skill. However, life gets worse for this poor guy when he learns that his time on earth is limited…
He has only two days, eighteen hours, fifty-eight minutes to live. Question is, can he stop the murderer before more become victims? And can he save himself?
My thoughts about this book is a bit scattered. I love Richard’s connection with his students. He can joke with them, be there for them in their time of need, and treats them as individuals. He is definitely a likable protagonist.
I also enjoyed the flashbacks that Richard experiences giving the readers an in-depth look as to why this young man is reserved and conflicted, at times. The transition from the past and present are smooth and logical.
The plot, in general, was very intriguing. There were times when I was at the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next, and I love that in any read. There was also this conflict of who really controls our actions – Us? Or perhaps some other being?
However, there were some aspects that brought the rating of this book a bit down. There were errors throughout, including misspelling a character’s name (‘Bobby’ vs. ‘Bobbie’); there was a bit too much background information of other characters that took away from the story and didn’t add anything; and several graphic scenes that were too much for me. As a fair warning, some of the graphic scenes include the aftermath of animal cruelty; this was too disturbing and unpleasant for me.
Overall, an interesting read, but one that needs a bit more tweaking to make the storyline solid.