Review: Eyes to See (Jeremiah Hunt #1) by Joseph Nasisse

Eyes to See (Jeremiah Hunt #1) by Joseph Nasisse
 Tor (Oct. 2011)
Source: From publisher for review
Urban Fantasy
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In an urban fantasy that charts daring new territory in the field, Jeremiah Hunt has been broken by a malevolent force that has taken his young daughter and everything else of value in his life: his marriage, his career, his reputation. Desperate to reclaim what he has lost, Hunt finally turns to the supernatural for justice.

Abandoning all hope for a normal life, he enters the world of ghosts and even more dangerous entities from beyond the grave. Sacrificing his normal sight so that he can see the souls of the dead and the powers that stalk his worst nightmares, Hunt embarks upon a strange new career—a pariah among the living; a scourge among the dead; doomed to walk between the light of day and the deepest darkness beyond night.

His love for his departed daughter sustains him when all is most hopeless, but Hunt is cursed by something more evil than he can possibly imagine. As he descends into the maelstrom of his terrifying quest, he discovers that even his deepest fears are but prelude to yet darker deeds by a powerful entity from beyond the grave…that will not let him go until it has used him for its own nefarious purposes.

Jeremiah Hunt is a bit different from you and I. He’s blind, yet can see. However, the things he sees are probably things we’d prefer to leave to our imaginations. Ghosts and other supernatural beings are an everyday sight for Hunt, and he makes a tentative living as an exorcist of sorts. This is how we meet him at the beginning of Eyes to See, on his way to a job to get rid of an angry ghost visiting vengeance on the group of people that watched from their windows as she was raped, beaten, and left for dead, and did nothing to help. The author really gives the reader a good feel of what Hunt can do right off the bat and as the story unfolds, we begin to realize that Hunt’s “sight” is way more extensive than hinted at in the beginning. When Hunt is called to the scene of a murder by Detective Stanton, a cop with motives that are as shadowy as the creatures Hunt sees on a daily basis. This isn’t your everyday murder, though, and eventually Hunt will discover he may be more intimately connected to these victims, a revelation that will turn his world upside down.

Hunt is a tortured soul, still reeling from the disappearance of his daughter five years ago, under his care, and the subsequent disintegration of his marriage as a result of his all-consuming obsession to find Elizabeth. Out of desperation, Hunt turns to the occult, using a spell from a book left by a mysterious “preacher”, giving him the ability to see things that are “unseen”. It was way more than he bargained for, but he’s determined to make the best of his ability and continue the search for his daughter. With the help of hedge witch Denise and barkeep (and so much more) Dmitri, his search will lead him through the dark heart of a killer, to a former insane asylum where secrets and pain are almost living, breathing things. Eyes to See is a quick read, not because it’s short, but because it’s so engaging. His ghostly aids, a giant of a man he’s dubbed Scream, and a young girl he calls Whisper (and who’s sight he can borrow), add a wonderfully human aspect to the story in the lengths they’ll go to in order to aid Hunt. The novel goes back and forth between the present and the time right after Elizabeth’s disappearance, and we get a heartbreaking glimpse of a father that’s lost everything, and the journey that he’s taken to find his way back to the light. Hunt’s story will touch you, especially if you’re a parent, and the mystery of who is committing these murders is tied to Hunt and Elizabeth in a most diabolical way. Great characters, a world populated by creatures that go bump, and a new hero in Jeremiah Hunt, make this a strong start to a new series. Fans of a little police procedural served up with their urban fantasy should love this one!