Book Review | Dead Eye

Title: Dead Eye: Pennies for the FerrymanContemporary Fantasy Books)

Author: Jim Bernheimer

My Review:

I do not usually go for the action, murder, and mystery type book series. To be honest, I usually try to avoid them at all costs. Ask me why I said yes to review Dead Eye, Pennies for the Ferryman by Jim Bernheimer and I would have no answer. That being said, I am not sorry I got to read this. Dead Eye is a book that falls in the same genre as the show Ghost Whisperer and the movie Sixth Sense. Mike Ross, the main character, having served time in Iraq in the Army, is injured in a road bomb and sent home with a medical discharge. As Mike is recuperating from a cornea transplant he discovers, one day while putting prescription eye drops in his healing eye, that he can see things that no one else can see. As he realizes he is not losing his mind, he comes to learn about this other world he sees and who and what he is seeing. When he researches exactly whose cornea he received for the transplant, he discovers more than he bargained for. His donor? A psychic who died of questionable circumstances and his girlfriend has gone missing. What could this psychic, whose cornea Mike now has, and Mike possibly have in exasperates common? That question is answered, chapter by chapter, in this thrilling page turner.

This book caught me off guard. I was so enthralled and drawn into the plot that I kept reading saying, “Ok, just one more chapter.” How much sleep I lost is a secret I prefer to keep to myself. The book has a smooth flowing text and it is easy to get caught up in the plot. The characters are well defined and believable. My favorite character is Jenny Goodman. I love how she exasperates everyone around her, even those in the world that only Mike sees. Dead Eye is a great read. The plot is not so deep that you have to rack your brain to understand what is going on. It’s the type of book that if you have to put it down many times during the read, it’s easy to remember the plot and pick right back up where you left off.

I commend Mr. Bernheimer for this unique story, his imaginative characters and other world dealings. The book has just enough thrills to make you nervous, but not so much you will have nightmares. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Dead Eye, Pennies for the Ferryman; it is a wonderful story. The ending makes it seem like there could be a sequel. The basis of the story makes me wonder if there could be a whole series. We will have to wait and see. If there is, you can bet, I will be in line to get them all.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Jeannie currently lives in California with her family, and enjoys reading and playing with paper of all kinds. She is and active blogger and is involved with many communities and groups online, mostly due to her professional relationship with paper, glue and scissors.

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