The Third Eye
Author: Lois Duncan
Pages [paperback]: 220
Opening Lines: Bobby Zenner disappeared sometime between noon and one o’clock on the third Saturday in April. Later, under police questioning, Karen would not be able to pinpoint it any more closely than that.
Favorite Character: Ron
When Karen closes her eyes, the visions come. Through time and space, she sees a place where stolen children sleep. And if Karen denies a young policeman’s request for help, the children may never go home again.
I borrowed this book from a friend last week, not knowing much about it but thinking it looked pretty interesting. And it was interesting. The plot moved along quickly and kept me coming back for more. But the characters were dry and hard to picture. I never really figured out how old Ron was, and couldn’t image the bond between him and Karen as a result. Karen was utterly, hopelessly dependent on others and what they wanted for her to do. She was also incredibly selfish-if you knew that you could save dozens of babies, would you run away to California and pretend that you could do nothing at all? I think not.
The ending, however, was fabulous. That’s what redeemed the story for me. It tied up the past and gave a glimpse into the future. That was by far my favorite part.
Though I didn’t really hate this book, it wasn’t one of my favorites. It’s more of one of those that you can read if you want to, but if you have something better available, don’t bother. I give ‘The Third Eye 3/5 stars.