Debbie Johnson – Dark Vision

Wiebe is back with another review, this time for Debbie Johnson’s Dark Vision

Lilly McCain is cursed.

With just one touch she can see a person’s future, wether it’s a good fortune or a terrible fate. Afraid of the potent visions she forsees, she distances herself from the world, succumbing to a life of solitude.

But at the touch of a mysterious stranger — who has powers of his own – Lily sees a new chilling future for herself: one where she is fated to make a terrible choice…

Looking at the cover of Dark Vision, we see a lightning-torn sky and a slightly blurred Royal Liver Building and the back of a woman. Combined with the text on the back cover I could kinda guess what this book is going to be about. Girl finds out about a magical world and hijinx ensue. It will probably involve a handsome hunk and resistance to his attractiveness. The only question is if Debbie Johnson manages to keep it above the level of a harlequin novel. I still picked it out of our box of shame, cause that kind of book is a bit of guilty pleasure for me. 

I was right and completely wrong about the story. All of the above is true, but the main theme is not what you would expect. I will not spoil this for you, since it is an interesting plot line I have not seen often in this type of book. Now the writing is definitely good, especially the main character Lily is well written. It takes skill to portray a character with an absolutely devastating childhood convincingly, but I think the author has pulled it off. Lily’s sarcasm and brave facade hide an internal struggle not to freak out at losing all her self-installed safety nets. In fact Lily’s character carries the book, since it is a tad formulaic and the rest of the cast is a bit flat. The only other character who has a bit of development is her best friend and kickass coworker Carmel.

Strangely this book feels a bit like YA; I got this vibe due to a combination of the sheltered upbringing of the main character, the pace and the subject matter. But in the end, all of its strengths didn’t save Dark Vision from its flaws. The central theme, though original, is hammered upon a bit too much. It was an enjoyable read, but I am not in any hurry to buy the next instalment in this series.


This book was provided for review by the publisher.