What if you had the ability to read another persons mind when you touched them? Would that be a gift or a curse? Would you be able to harness it and use it for good, or would it take over and become evil? That is part of the dilemma that is faced by Willet Dura in The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr.
Willet Dura is the head reeve of the king and has been called upon to investigate the attack of a priest. As he begins to question the dying man, the priest pulls Willet close and screams something Willet doesn't understand. And after that everything changes. He sees into the mind of any person he touches. Willet soon learns he has been passed the rarest gift of all. Now he not only needs to track down a murder but he also has to come to grips with the reality of his new life as a gifted person.
Having read and enjoyed Patrick W. Carr's The Sword and the Staff trilogy, I was excited to see what he had in store for us next. I began to read this book and while I liked it, I kept feeling like I was missing something. I had heard there was a free e-book prequel called By Divine Right to this series, so I stopped and read that first. What a difference that made! Everything in The Shock of Night made so much more sense and I devoured the book as quickly as possible. I love the world he created and people in it. I enjoyed the mystery of trying to learn the truth of book who the killer was and also what really happened in Willet's past. Once I got into it, I could not put this book down. A great read, but make sure you read By Divine Right first.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.