Ties That Blind by Chautona Havig
Release date: August, 2018
He may not be the only person in the Rockland area to wake up without a memory, but he might be the only killer…
Simon Prescott, the latest victim of spontaneous amnesia in Rockland, is under suspicion of murder. The evidence, though weak and circumstantial, points only to him. He’s confident he didn’t do it, but there’s no way to prove it. Grieving for a wife he doesn’t remember, Simon refuses to allow his family in, refuses to cooperate with police, and is heading straight for the pokey if he doesn’t figure out something and fast.
Enter: Ella Weeks and Vikki Jeffries. The previous two victims are determined to help him, and with jail time looming, Simon capitulates. But what Vikki and Ella find as they work through Simon’s life reveals astounding and rather chilling evidence of a bigger scheme than any of them could have imagined.
They’re on the verge of total discovery, but the closer they get, the less confident they are that they want to know.
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I started this book and was hooked immediately. I mean, the kind of hooked where you don’t want to stop for even a minute. I feel like I jumped head first into the pool with this one. I haven’t read any of the other previous books in this series. I’ve read some of Chautona Havig’s writings, and I’ve enjoyed following her blog, and reading her book reviews, all of these tied together to ensure that I really wanted the chance to read and review this book!!
But I didn’t take the time to read the synopsis first (as is often the case for me, with ebooks, especially…sometimes I also do that for paperbacks, because I find the surprise of the unknown to be better than having a bit of forewarning… 😉 )
Anyway. Where was I. Oh yeah! This book! It is attention grabbing. Action-packed and suspense filled.
There is a lot going on in this story. Simon, the main character, is woken up from his sleep and doesn’t know anything, including who he is, or why he is there. He is on a journey of discovery the entire book. I didn’t feel like I got to know the characters as much as I might have, but that might also partly be because I jumped into the last book in the series.
I haven’t reached the end yet, so excuse me for just a bit as I go and finish…I’ll be back to finish this review…if I can do that, without giving up the story, I mean….
And please, if you like suspense–GO read this one!
OK….I’m back to finish this review…and one thing I’d like to add is this–this book definitely would have made a lot more sense if I’d have read the others first. I loved the story, found it exciting, and all of that, but the further I got, the closer I came to the end, the more I felt like I didn’t really know what was going on. I’m pretty sure that the ending would have just been a lot more easily understood if I’d have known what happened prior to this book. I guess that’s what I get for jumping in to the middle, right?! 🙂
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Guest Post from Chautona
What Does It All Mean, Anyway?
“So why is this series called ‘Sight Unseen’ if it’s about people who lose their memories? Why the vision references?”
I can’t pretend I wanted to answer her question. She isn’t the first to ask, and I doubt she’ll be the last. I tried to explain.
Look, it’s a valid question. Originally, the first book was called From the Cinders, and if it had remained a stand-alone book, it still would be. But when I finished with another person waking up to no memories and a hint that something sinister might be behind it all, I had to change it to fit two books—no, three!
Recall. Rewind. Refresh. I liked those titles. But that still didn’t give me the name of a series. I kept studying. Tried again.
I read what would become None So Blind three times in a row, if I recall correctly. And as I read it, a theme emerged. Ella Weeks hadn’t been blind to her faults even before her memory loss. Even her husband hadn’t been, despite his obvious love for her. But those around her had been blind to her awareness of those faults—to her silent cries for help in overcoming them.
Will Not See emerged with a similar theme.
Vikki had a past that she hid from and refused to acknowledge. And even as those around her drew closer to provide support, she still managed to block out all that she found frightening—even physically shutting down and shutting out life.
So, when it came time to plan the final book in the series, the one that would now tie together everything that had happened, I knew I wanted something that also fit with the other titles. And one night it came to me. Ties That Blind. So often our ties to people blind us to their faults—to the destructive influences they have in our lives. And Simon Prescott will learn that lesson in a rather lonely, horrible way.
The Sight Unseen series reminds us of what Paul said in Corinthians.
Now we see through dark glasses… we can’t really make it all out. But with the Lord, when we’re truly with Him in eternity, we’ll see things as clearly as we do when we are face to face.
And that’s what faith is all about, right? It’s the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” When we “buy in” to the Lord Jesus, we’re taking it all in faith. We’re trusting in Him, “Sight Unseen,” just as the characters in this series do with every element of their lives.
I hope their journeys bless you as they have me as I wrote them.
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