Dying Thoughts – First Touch by Joey Paul
Publisher: Bug Books
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (155 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Ever had a secret? Something you can’t tell anyone in case they think you’re crazy.
Tara does – she sees the last moments of people’s lives when she touches something that belongs to them.
Kaolin does – she doesn’t want anyone to know the truth about what happened to her father.
Now they’re both in trouble because secrets never stay quite as secret as we wish they would.
There’s two sides to everything in life.
The relationship between Tara and her dad, Colin, was incredibly complex. I’m glad that Ms. Paul spent so much of exploring the things that this characters had strong disagreements about and showing how those conversations shaped both of their lives. While there were time when I wished that both Tara and Colin would stop and actually listen to what the other one was saying, it was fascinating to see them butt heads. I learned a lot about them and their family by reading these scenes. They were quite well done.
There was way too much foreshadowing in the beginning of this book. I was able to figure out nearly all of the plot twists within the first few chapters because of how many hints the author gave about what was coming. The storyline itself was really good. I liked the characters and how their conflicts were written, but I would have loved them if I hadn’t been able to figure out how everything would end so easily.
This wasn’t a typical ghost story in many ways, so it was fascinating to see how the paranormal sections were handled. I really enjoyed watching all of the puzzle pieces fall together because of how unique this part of the plot was. They kept me on my toes, and that’s exactly what I like to stumble across when trying out an author whose work I haven’t read before.
I’d recommend Dying Thoughts – First Touch to anyone who is in the mood for something spooky.