Recent Reviews for Valerie C J McGee
Insight (Book) - 5/30/2005 5:21:05 PM|
A thrilling novel of suspense, Insight tells the story of Samantha, a young woman blinded in the same car accident that killed her mother. Through Rachael, a woman unfamiliar to Samantha other than through her visions, Samantha is able to “see” a world that otherwise was denied her. When Samantha “sees” Rachael’s murder, which has been deemed a suicide, Samantha sets out to right the wrong and restore honor to the deceased Rachael. Throughout her quest, Samantha struggles to discover long-hidden answers to questions no one else even thought to ask.
With this novel, Valerie CJ McGee emerges as an author of intelligent narrative and quick, witty dialogue. Ms. McGee, through her inspired writing, brings the reader an “insight” into not only Samantha’s existence, but also our own.
--Beverly R. Jones, author of "All Things Sacred"
Insight (Book) - 4/30/2005 11:18:11 PM
Some more reviews of INSIGHT by Valerie C J McGee
I must say I enjoyed this book immensely. The characters were obtainable and the flow of it was great. I initially was pointed in the direction of a movie called "Blink" where a woman sees a murder but was blind but I was totally offline with that scenario. I was pleasantly wrong with my intial thoughts. I strongly reccommend this book. Once you pick it up you will not put it down. Congratulations to Valerie Mcgee for a great book.
Gregory W. Bryant "Publisher/author" (Greensboro, NC United States) -
nsight by Valerie C. J. McGee is a novel shrouded with mystery from the very first page. Samantha Robertson is a blind woman living in California who seemingly has a telepathic connection to an Assistant District Attorney in New York City. When Rachel Maxwell is thrown ten stories from her apartment building, it is Samantha who witnessed the killing through her visions and it is Samantha who longs to go to New York to prove that Rachel did not commit suicide.
As a result of a childhood car accident that claimed the life of her mother, Samantha has learned to live and love as a blind woman. She lives with her father, a retired police officer and her brother Timothy, also a cop. These two men are very protective of her, however one believes in her visions and the other pacifies her. Because of this protectiveness, she heads to New York, unbeknownst to her family, to search for the truth behind Rachel's death. What she finds is an ally in Brian Reynolds, a cop and old family friend. When everyone attempts to talk Samantha into returning to New York, she is steadfast in her belief and refuses to leave. What begins is a series of events to prove who Rachel's killer is. Although blind, does Samantha truly have insight?
McGee has inserted secondary characters that assist in making this novel come full circle. She uses imagery like a master, her characters are fully developed and the plot is intriguing to the end. The only element that prevented this novel from being rated five stars was the editing. There are some seemingly unrealistic scenes, however McGee works this plot to the fullest.
I met McGee and found her to be a very appreciative and sensitive woman, which piqued my interest in reading her work. Through her writing, these qualities are realized in a work that mystery fans will enjoy because of the different spin. McGee states that this is her first of thirty-six novels and I look forward to the others.
Reviewed by Dawn R. Reeves
Ms Mcgee has done an absolutely fabulous job writing "Insight." This novel will keep your attention from page 1 to the very end. Never a dull moment. I categorize this as a mystery/romance/suspense. Samantha and Rachael have a inside track to one anothers lives, but through the eyes of others they are considered delusional and you could say that from the outlook they should have been in a padded room. How wrong others can be, when you don't understand what the other is seeing. Samantha realizes that she is not crazy and what she knows is real and she ventures away from her protective family to find some answers. Samantha runs into a lot of circumstances that she had not perceived,but displays her strength and determination and you have to be proud of her for being so strong. When she reunites with childhood friend Brian, they both realize that they are not little kids anymore and time has brought on some wonderful changes. All the characters have a purpose and you realize that you can literally visualize each character. Around each turn of the page there is a shocking realization, that while you are reading you did not expect. Oh you will NOT figure out the plot until Ms. Mcgee reveals it to you. I am not going to elaborate on the characters or the story line, because I want you to thoroughly enjoy this story as I did, and once you read it you will understand that if I tell you too much of the storyline, I will give away the best. This book is like a movie, you want to enjoy it for yourself and not have someone spoil it by telling you all the key facts and the ending. If you haven't read it yet, you are missing out, so stop reading these reviews and go BUY the book NOW!!!! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very well told story. It is not Predictable. I give Ms. McGee 4 stars on this writing.
Reviewed by: Jackie McKinney of Avid Readers and Reviewers of Jacksonville
As I read the book--it really had me in suspense--I kept trying to figure out how Samantha and Rachelle were linked together. I also loved the part where her family was very protective of her. But when she took off and flew to New York by herself--being blind-trying to find out what happened to Rachael--I was just knocked off my feet. The twists and turns of the novel really had me going. It is definitely a page turner and a must read for a book club--I am suggesting that my book club read this novel. I commend you on doing such a wonderful job with the novel and I really think a movie should be made out of it. I give your book a thumbs up and will also recommend it to my friends.
Reviewer: Sophisticated Souls of Learning "S.S.O.L.B.C" (Memphis, Tn)
Reviewer: A reader
It is a fantastic story. Sort of 'Wait Until Dark'&'The Eyes of Laura Mars' meet "Murder By Numbers. I got to read it before it was published.
Once you start reading you won't be able to put it down. Characters could easily be anyone you know. I laughed, cried and got angry. She did things many authors won't do. The bad guys are human and the good guys flawed The suspense is great and the love scenes realistic without being vulgar. Samantha starts out seeking one answer and gets more. Its a must read bound to become a collector's item. Can't wait to re-read INSIGHT & her next books.
It's like the Columbo tv series or the show Monk. but has romance and the paranormal There are three stories cleverly unraveling at once. But it is done in a way that you almost don't realize it. I almost wish it didn't end.
Its unique as much as I read I can't think of another truly like it
A Wonderful Book Written by a Wonderful Woman, 2005-04-10
Reviewed by Windsong765
Everyone that picks up this book will recognize a great writer has emerged upon us. Valerie's writing style is superb and it holds her reading audience captive for several hours. It's hard to put the book down because you are always wondering what is going to happen next. I encourage anyone looking for a great book to read to get INSIGHT and buy some extra copies for your friends.
INSIGHT is a great bookclub book because it gives everyone something to talk about. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to try a new genre of reading material. It is a great book that has helped me open up to reading something beyond religious material.
What I love the most about Valerie is the fact that she loves to encourage others to write, she is honest and let's you know if what you are writing is worth continuing.
Buy INSIGHT and anything else She publishes in the future.
Originally posted by greg:
This a book I highly reccomend. Has a excitement, romance and suspense. Go out and get a copy. I promise you will not be disappointed. :grin
insight is..., 2005-03-08
Reviewed by admin
Originally posted by ohsofocused:
extremely capitivating and definitely a worthy read. It crosses at least 3 different genres in a cohesive fashion (suspense, psychological thriller and romance). I would recommend this to anyone who's looking for true entertainment
Originally posted by Janet West Sellars author of Quiet As Its Kept:
I love the idea of a person with a disability being the protagonist. An interesting, compelling beginning to the story. :) Much literary success to Valerie.
Black Issues Book Review (Article) - 8/23/2005 10:48:05 AM
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