As a child, at the age of 11, her gift was able to help save her best friend Sally, when she is kidnapped one day after school by men planning to shoot a pornographic film to sell on the black market. Thankfully the police are able to make it there in time.
At 18 she meets Jack, Sally’s boyfriends military friend. After a short whirlwind romance while the guys are on leave, Sam is smitten. After writing him on a daily basis while he was deployed, they are married when he returns from Vietnam. However, there marriage is short lived, as she quickly grows apart from him when they move back to his home town, and begin to party all the time. After her failed marriage she begins to work on honing her sixth sense.She ends up with Harry, who works for the police department when a vision of hers leads to a rapist being apprehended.
I don’t want to give away too much of the book, but Sams life intertwines with a few other main characters,and the author is able to smoothly transition from character to character. A real page turner!
We begin the story when she is 11 years old and telling the police the details that lead to saving her best friend Sally from pedophiles. While her visions became less frequent for a time, they intensify when she hits adulthood and meets her first husband. They fall madly in love and marry soon after his return from the Vietnam War. She soon starts to feel weird about their relationship and decides to use those instincts to obtain a happier life where she can use her gift to help others.
Childhood acquaintance and fellow protagonist Kenny Callahan grew up in a large family with an abusive father. At the age of 10 Kenny snapped and beat his father bloody with a baseball bat. This payback earned him some time in juvenile hall but did not improve things at home with his father. Kenny and Sam eventually find themselves on opposite sides of an exciting conflict.
The structure of the book is easy to follow even though it follows 2 different plotlines and the characters make you want to know what will happen to them. All in all this is a good book.
But getting the horse before the cart, `the sixth sense’ is defined as a power of perception seemingly independent of the five senses, or keen intuition; a supposed sense or means of perception, such as intuition or clairvoyance, other than the five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell; and a supposed intuitive faculty giving awareness not explicable in terms of normal perception. Using these `dictionary type’ definitions spurred Denison to develop a storyline that follows the concept of the sixth sense – parts of the tale are in the present, parts in the past, and the entire story is told in terms of three characters’ viewpoints – a very powerful way to bind the concept of a story into the manner of telling it. It is the old dependable `form follows function’ concept that applies to all of the arts.
Cat Denison wisely opens her book with a prologue of her heroine Sam Murphy, `a thirty-something terminally independent woman’, reflecting on her childhood history and how she arrived at the calm of sailing on the ocean after the spirited life she has led. And quite appropriately she unfolds her tale divided into parts titled Sam’s Lighthouse, Kenny’s Lighthouse and then the collision of worlds and final destinations – all literary significant indicators of the tale to come. A very brief synopsis seduces the reader: Sam Murphy is an adventuresome beautiful Irish heritage woman with the gift of a sixth sense who stays true to herself, even when it sometimes isn’t what she perceives others might want her to be. Kenny Callahan leaves his hellhole of a home life to work his way out west with three of his brothers, leaving a trail of robberies behind them, working their way towards that brass ring waiting at the end of the ride. Harry Metcalf rounds out the trio of characters as he enters the scene as a once happy, smiling young cop who has turned into a `Lone Wolf’. It is the manner in which Denison weaves these three characters – cop, criminal, and free spirit – into an explosive and tragic encounter that permanently changes each of their lives.
Well written, incisive, suspenseful, erotic, and electrically charged, this book likely represents a beginning of a series, so well are the seeds sewn for the next book to follow.
Kenny Callahan, the other protagonist, got his fair share of physical abuse from his father while growing up. One day Kenny just snapped and found himself at the end of a bloody baseball bat, having just fought back against his abuser. These early encounters with violence lead Kenny down a sinister path—one that eventually places him in the same coastal California town where Sam now lives. But while Sam is in a stable relationship, progressing along in her career, and in a rewarding relationship, Kenny has become a professional bank robber and drifter who is two seconds from self-destruction.
Author Cat Denison weaves this tale of intrigue and nail-biting suspense with amazing clarity and skill. Her delicate prose breathes life into the two protagonists in Deadly Destination. Sam’s sensitive, calm, and carefree demeanor clashes with Kenny’s fiery, bombastic, and egotistical rhetoric, which later culminates in a shocking reunion of past acquaintances.
Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of Denison’s writing is her ability to keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat while moving on to another part of the story. While the main narrator is clearly Sam, Kenny—who eventually becomes the antagonist—is also well developed. It is also interesting how the two characters’ lives are so intertwined.
I am quite sure that we will see more from Cat Denison soon.