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The Sight


Narrator: Ella Lynch

ISBN: 9781666644333

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Crooked Lane Books

Publication Date: 09/05/2023

Format: Audiobook

My Rating: 3 Stars (ARC)


As a child, Faith acquired the ability to see when and how people would die—a “gift” she neither wanted nor could get rid of.


After foreseeing a family tragedy and being ostracized, Faith learns to control her visions and returns to perform in her family’s traveling carnival. But when an unruly customer attacks her, she has a vision in full view of a crowd.


She is banned from the carnival she loves—and loses her only source of income to support her dying mother. Desperate to support her mother and with only one friend standing by her, she sees no reason to continue hiding her ability and goes to dangerous lengths to earn money. But when she sees herself in a man’s future death, Faith must face her own fears of her powers and tune into her gift to fight against a future that would ruin her life—and end someone else’s.


With The Sight, celebrated author Melanie Golding delivers another suspense-driven masterpiece with unforgettable characters and an ending that will leave you stunned.






My Review


In Melanie Golding's latest, THE SIGHT , Faith has a special gift and is often misunderstood. She sees how a person dies; people fear her and think she is weird. Some say she is cursed. Her name is Oracle of Death. She feels safe inside the traveling circus.


Do not look into her eyes. She can tell you how you will die.


Due to Faith's special gift, she has put her life into the circus. Her world revolves around her family, the circus, her friend, Betsy, and her horse Macha, after getting kicked out of school and bullied.


She did not ask for the gift/curse. She must learn to manage it.


Foreseeing a family tragedy, a customer attacks her, having a vision in full view of the crowd, and is banned from the carnival. She is devastated because she loves her dying mom so much, and her income helps support her. She loved traveling with her mom and performing.


Now she must earn money. When she sees herself in a man's future death, Faith must face her fear of her powers and tune into her gift to fight against a future that would ruin her life—and end someone else's.


Dark, eerie, twisty, and creepy. I am sure the author is very talented, but I am not a fan of horror or supernatural, so this was not the book for me. I did enjoy the heroine and felt for her, and the author did a great job with the atmosphere and the backdrop of the circus/carnival. It was slow-moving, and I was bored and kept fast-forwarding to see how it would turn out.


I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator, Ella Lynch, did a great job. For those who like this genre, it is sure to appeal to a specific audience.


Thanks to Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for an ALC in exchange for an honest opinion.



@JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks

My Rating: 3 Stars

Pub Date: Sept 5, 2023





Praise


Praise for The Sight:


“Shattering . . . A fairy tale–tinged thriller.”

—Kirkus Reviews


“Melanie Golding is brilliant, and each book is even better than the last! The Sight is a tense, twisty suspense novel full of painful family drama, delicious dread, circus hijinks, and suspicious deaths. I loved it!”

—Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of All Hallows and Road of Bones


“A deftly plotted slow-burn mystery set against the backdrop of a struggling circus, The Sight is full of surprising heart, with an imperfect heroine you can’t help but root for. I have been hooked on Golding’s writing since Little Darlings, and The Sight has only solidified what I already know—Melanie Golding is a force.”

—Katrina Monroe, author of Graveyard of Lost Children


“Mel Golding’s latest novel, The Sight, is a gripping, well written suspense, set in a carnival. Well-plotted, with characters that will stay with you and a clever twist at the end, this is one of those books you won’t want to put down.”

—Sarah Edghill, author of His Other Woman


“In The Sight, Melanie Golding deftly conjures up the entrancing world of a travelling circus, and then takes us backstage to see its secrets, family rivalries, and Faith: an intrepid trapeze artist with the ‘gift’ of second sight. Like a fairground ride, this story spins us round with different versions of the truth and a dizzying sense of terror. A captivating tale, which will tantalise you until the very last page.”

—Jane Bailey, author of Sorry Isn’t Good Enough


Praise for Melanie Golding:

“Golding beautifully blends the supernatural with the everyday, keeping readers riveted to the page as they question what is true.”

—Booklist, starred review


“Melanie Golding turns fairy tales on their heads.”

—Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me


“Golding is a terrific talent who sweeps you off your feet and carries you away on her words. I can’t wait to read more from her. I loved this.”

—C. J. Skuse, author of the Sweetpea mystery series






About the Author



Melanie Golding is a graduate of the MA in creative writing program at Bath Spa University, with distinction. She has been employed in many occupations including farm hand, factory worker, childminder and music teacher. Throughout all this, because and in spite of it, there was always the writing. In recent years she has won and been shortlisted in several local and national short story competitions. Little Darlings was her first novel, and has been optioned for screen by Free Range Films, the team behind the adaptation of My Cousin Rachel.




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