Review – Tuesday’s Child by Dale Mayer

Publisher: Valley Publishing
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: review copy from author

What she doesn’t want…is exactly what he needs.

Shunned and ridiculed all her life for something she can’t control, Samantha Blair hides her psychic abilities and lives on the fringes of society. Against her will, however, she’s tapped into a killer—or rather, his victims. Each woman’s murder, blow-by-blow, ravages her mind until their death releases her back to her body. Sam knows she must go to the authorities, but will the rugged, no-nonsense detective in charge of tracking down the killer believe her?

Detective Brandt Sutherland only trusts hard evidence, yet Sam’s visions offer clues he needs to catch a killer. The more he learns about her incredible abilities, however, the clearer it becomes that Sam’s visions have put her in the killer’s line of fire. Now Brandt must save her from something he cannot see or understand…and risk losing his heart in the process.

As danger and desire collide, passion raises the stakes in a game Sam and Brandt don’t dare lose.
*Blurb from Goodreads*

I’m a huge fan of my paranormal romances as well as romantic suspense, so when I got a request to read Tuesday’s Child, I was pretty excited to see how Mayer pulled it all together. While I would have been happy with a little more to the paranormal aspect, I was very happy with the way this story turned out.

Sam has had visions her entire life that are horrific and traumatizing. When they continue to get worse and worse, she decides it might be time to try and turn to the police to see if she can help find the killer. So despite the horrible history she has with law enforcement, Sam sucks it up and tries everything in her power to stop the killer.

Brandt has used a psychic in the past to solve crimes, but is a little hesitant about Sam. When all her details check out, Brandt knows that Sam has a direct link to their murderer. But when someone in the police department tries to get the public involvement, Sam gets put into the direct path of the killer, and Brandt will do anything to save the woman who has come to mean so much more to him than he ever imagined.

I really enjoyed the suspense part of this book, I felt as if the villain was definitely creepy. Mayer did a wonderful job of keeping me on the edge of my seat, wondering what victim would be next and how creative and creepy the next murder would be. It was especially freaky being in Sam’s vision while she witnessed each and every murder, felt each stab, endured every moment of torture. That portion of the story was so well done and left goosebumps on my arms after a few different scenes.

Individually I really liked Sam and Brandt. Sam was so strong for dealing with the visions, and at the same time she wasn’t perfect. She was beaten down, disheartened and frustrated with her powers. Brandt also had a few flaws that endeared me to him, he was hesitant to believe in Sam, but also fiercely protective of her once he witnessed her vision first hand. He stood by her, had her back at every turn. Despite the fact that I really enjoyed the characters, I didn’t feel their love connection as strongly as I would have hoped. While they went through the motions of being together, I didn’t FEEL it. I hoped for a lot more depth to their relationship, and it didn’t get to that point for me.

All in all I was pleasantly surprised with this story. I liked the paranormal aspect, and while it felt a little subdued to me, I think non-paranormal fans could really enjoy this story as well. The psychic aspect was prevalent, but very realistic at the same time. The mystery around the serial killer was well done too. I would have liked to see a little more mystery and investigation on Brandt’s part, but I enjoyed the way it all wrapped up and came together. I think Mayer has wonderful potential with this series, and I will be looking into the next book for sure. I just hope that the next will have a little more focus on the romance aspect.

I give Tuesday’s Child a C+

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