Joe by H.D. Gordon
From the author of the Alexa Montgomery Saga, comes a book that will take you into the mind of a genuine psychopath, the lives of six ordinary people, and the world of a very special girl named Joe.
Joe is seemingly an ordinary college student. She works, studies and reads. But in between these activities Joe has a gift that promises to add a dose of color to her life at any given moment. Joe sees things before they happen. Bad things, and the worst thing she has ever faced is just around the corner. Someone is planning a massacre at the college university that Joe attends, and the only person with a hope of stopping the psychopath is her.
Oh, the beauty of foresight. More like a curse. Joe has four days to figure out the mystery, make plans to take down the psycho, and save the lives of people. People like you and me. Ordinary people.
Wow. I was not expecting this book to be so intense. I thought Joe would be some light read, maybe it would be good, but I really wasn't expecting much from it. Man was I blown away by it. Let me try and put into words something about this book (besides wow...just wow)
So this is one of those stories where it is told from many different points of view. People who are all connected by one event that happens at the end. I'm not sure that I have read any book like this before, though I have seen movies with the same idea. Joe was just amazing. She is pretty down on herself and does not like her gift, but she still tries to stop or minimize her horrible visions. She keeps telling you she is not a hero, but she is so brave and courageous. Most people wouldn't go into a bad situation thinking they might just die to try and save others lives. She is pretty awesome and I just really respected her. Besides dealing with her visions she also has a bad stutter (which makes her stay pretty quiet). Her parents are not the best, but she still seems pretty together. I just want the best for her. I really liked her.
I loved Michael as well. He is so sweet. While this book is not a romance at all, and I thought oh no is this going to be a romance? when it switched to the first other point of view (besides Joe and the decider - John's first chapter), by the end I wanted it to be. At first I was enjoying the no boy as love interest angle, but Michael was so sweet and perfect and I wanted Joe to have someone to confide in and help her. I am hoping he will be in the next book and we will see Joe open up to him more since he was great.
Really I enjoyed most of the points of view we were given. I will say the teacher was my least favorite, but it wasn't bad. It was really interesting reading what everyone was doing up until the main event. I also liked that most of the people seemed to have something other about them. Whether it was just intuition or something more, I liked that it was kind of like everyone had some otherness about them. I mean how many times have you heard someone say go with your gut instinct or something similar? It felt like Joe was more connected and more like everyone else than she thinks. In a good way. Like we all have something inside us.
The ending was just amazing. The way it was written was so good. It just goes from one person to the next in mid thought or sentence and it was so great. I loved it. It just made it a little chaotic and crazy like it would have been for the characters. I can't say enough good things about it. Very well done on. I cannot wait to read more about Joe and her visions!