Captivating in its own right, McMann’s second installment in the Visions trilogy is more than a bridge novel.
It’s been just over a week since Jules saved new boyfriend Sawyer and his family’s rival pizza parlor, and Sawyer has begun seeing his own visions of tragedy. The author ratchets up the intensity, as Sawyer’s visions appear in even more unusual venues and include sound—“[e]leven fucking gunshots” to be exact. Enlisting the help of Jules’ gay, older brother, Trey, the teens set out to solve the mystery of where the shooting takes place and who may be involved—on both sides of the gun. They deduce that the gunshots take place at a school, but talking and writing about a school shooting may get them into trouble. Playing sleuth rather than receiving the visions this time, Jules has more time to focus on the ethics of the visions, such as what purpose the visions fulfill and whether the recipients have a moral obligation to save the lives they see in their visions. It’s not just visions but Jules and Sawyer’s relationship that grows bolder, with both new emotional and physical feelings (though sex is not an issue yet).
Who will receive the visions next? McMann gives fewer hints this time, but another dramatic, quick-paced thriller is certain. (Supernatural thriller. 14 & up)