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Killer in Sight

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Book by Sandra Carrinton-Smith
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Killer in Sight: my review

  • Jun 18, 2012


             Killer In Sight
         Author: Sandra Carrington-Smith
What if the last person you saw before you life ended was your killer? What if your last jog in the North Carolina woods sent you right into the den or lair of a dangerous killer? Your heart is bounding, your body is bruised and you hoped to get away before the gun would take away your last breath. What if you could record the faces of your killers on the irises of your eyes just before your eyes closed for the last time? Iridology goes beyond the claim that the eyes can provide signs of disease. Those studying iridology or iridologists, as we will learn in this novel maintain that each organ has a counterpart in your eye and you can determine the state of that particular organ’s health by looking at that particular section of the eye. The patterns and markings in the iris are compared to an iris chart mapping zones of the iris and linking them to different parts of the body. These conclusions are not linked to any scientific investigation but to the work of intuition. As Tracey Newman’s brutal murder is brought to the attention of RPD Detective Tom Lackey the reader will learn more about this technique, the fact that the killer’s face was photographed by the victim’s eyes and how his long time girlfriend Kathy Spencer will use this and other methods to help find her killer. As Tracey takes her last breaths you can feel the impending doom, hear her final words and thoughts and pray for her soul. Killed in a public park and constantly warned as you hear her voice, Tracey states that she was warned never to jog alone. How can the last image of the killer be lifted from the eyes of the victim to find her killer? Killer in Sight: Sandra Carrington-Smith you don’t want to miss a minute of this novel.
A camera contains within its walls the images the photographer snaps. Images that when taken and seen tell a story not only to the photographer but also to the viewer or person in the photograph. Your eyes witness scenes, record events and capture them remembering each nuance, each part of an experience creating a slide show within your mind or the viewfinder of the camera. What if you could transport these images the same way as they do in a camera? What if a device could be made to download the images recorded by your eyes, transferred to a computer but first recorded and preserved to a memory slot in a machine? What if this could help solve crimes? What if the last image that Tracey saw was captured and photographed with her own eyes, could be vied and help Tom solve the case and find her killer?
Kathy Spencer is his girlfriend and she has experienced strange occurrences hears voices and has visions that most would not relate to or believe. Tracey haunts her in more ways than one. As the story continues and moves ahead Kathy is asked to meet with Tom and Tracey’s family. Meeting her sister Alexis would change her perspective on things as she relates some information about her sister’s death, other events and claims she learned them from an imaginary friend named Lily. While her parents identify her sister’s body, Alexis relates information about Lily and what happens next will surprise the reader and Kathy. Images taken in her own home the night before when processed appear fuzzy, blurry and unclear. An image seems to be superimposed over the haze and what Alexis reveals is frightening and when Kathy tries to share it later on with Tom he is in total disbelief. Could Alexis really have an imaginary friend or is she communicating with a spirit? What is Tom’s reaction to the image in the pictures and will it believe that it might be Tracey and what is she trying to tell Kathy?
As the story unfolds, we learn that each has intersected with Tracey in unexpected ways. The author delves into universal themes ranging from the complexities of infidelity, abandonment, sexual orientation, victimization, redemption - and perfectly weaves each character's back story into the context of this murder/mystery. Magically, each character's demons are exorcized through their relationships with Tracey.
When a young woman is found murdered in a public park, it is up to RPD detective Lt. Tom Lackey to locate her killer. With the help of his longtime girlfriend and professional photographer, Kathy Spencer, Lackey unravels a mystery laden with psychosis and unexpected revelations.
 Using her background in photography and her passion for iridology, Kathy enlists the help of Dr. Greer, a snow-haired medical examiner who allows her to take shots of Tracey Newman’s eyes. Her findings are puzzling, but Alexis Howard, the dead girl’s ten-year-old half sister who her imaginary friend Lily delivered volunteer’s information she claims to her, supports them. As the police begin to step up their investigation we learn more about Tracey, her close friends and boyfriends. Hearing Brad’s voice we learn of a secret that he and Tracey shared that he would not like brought out in public. But, things do not always turn out the way you want and when Tom revisits Shannon, Tracey’s roommate what he sees while there is horrifying, what she related even more. Abuse whether spouse, friends, physical or mental is wrong and the author brings to light what happens when one young girl seems afraid to stand up to her abuser. Added into the mix is Tracey’s involvement with her boss at work, the fact that she was pregnant when she was killed and the link between her photos, Alexis’s imaginary friend named Lily who seems to have a wealth of information stored within her spirit and Kathy who seems haunted by her face within her photos. Author Sandra-Carrington Smith weaves an intricate plot filled with so many layers, photos that need to be retouched to make them clear and a killer who is taunting Tom with her phone calls. This is one book that you won’t be able to put down until the final veil of deceit is lived and the killer revealed.
 Alexis has a frightening nightmare that she shares with Kathy, Kathy has some strange things happen in her studio and Tom and his team are trying to uncover the truth behind some of the statements made by some of the suspects as the pieces are still not quite fitting together and the photos are still hazy.  But, the suspects keep rising and the evidence points in so many directions and one little girl named Alexis just wants her voice to be heard. Why won’t Tom listen to Kathy and why won’t anyone hear what Alexis is saying? What happens next to Shannon might change your perspective about her and the revelations made about Tracey might prove why she was killed?
While Kathy goes to the office of the coroner and explains her rationale behind wanting use her new Iriscope to take pictures of Tracey’s eyes, Tom and his team are pursuing a whole other line. Imagine learning that the images in your eyes are transferred to the optic nerve in the brain and remain on the retina and iris. Of course there is no scientific prove that this is true but iridologists are working hard to prove this everyday and Kathy hopes her photos might help catch a killer. But, what happens next is frightening as Alexis disappears, someone tries to kill Shannon in the hospital, someone takes his own life, and Tom is the next victim of the killer.
Just how this ends you will have to photograph with you own camera for yourself because I will not reveal the final click of the shutter to you. Who killed Tracey, why and how all of the players fit together into one nice photograph clearly framed for all to see you just won’t believe. The reason behind the murders is in between the pages of this outstanding paranormal, fast paced, high-energy novel filled with so many twists, turns and surprises that you won’t see them coming. Forgiveness comes in many ways, truths are revealed and one mother comes to grips with her past and another learns the consequences of the present. Read Killer In Sight: You never know what you might see in the lens of your own eyes or camera. Let’s hope the author brings Tom and Kathy back for more.
Fran Lewis: reviewer

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