Dark Visions (Sarah Roberts Thriller #1) by Jonas Saul

Dark Visions (A Sarah Roberts Thriller Book 1)


Eighteen-year-old Sarah Roberts experiences blackouts from which she wakes to notes written by her own hand. Prophecies. Dark Visions. Future events with dire consequences only she can avert. 

Sarah is an Automatic Writer who suffers from a rare obsessive-compulsive disorder called trichotillomania. 

She receives a message that details a kidnapping and what she can do to stop it. She has averted kidnappings before. The notes are quite specific. She's convinced it won't be that hard. But things go wrong when the kidnappers spot her. People are killed. Witnesses place Sarah at the scene. The police find her notebook riddled with prophecies of accidents and crimes, and they want answers. 
Sarah is in a fight for her life with no one to trust and a kidnapping ring who only want to find out how she knows so much about them. The police are hunting her for very different reasons and her parents think she's at a sleepover.


I really like the concept behind Dark Visions. This girl with trichotillomania (she pulls out her body hair) who blacks out at times during which she writes notes that lead her to help people who will be in trouble in the future. Awesome concept. I don't think I have ever read a character quite like Sarah. Her odd appearance coupled with her strange abilities I really enjoyed. She also has a bit of a dark past that her parents aren't aware of and make her more secretive and closed off than she would otherwise have been. She has had some bad experiences with the police before and so she doesn't trust them. She tries to keep what she does secret, how she helps people, as she just doesn't want to be in the spotlight.

The story opens with Sarah helping save someones life. Shortly there after she gets a kind of cryptic saying save yourself and someones name. She gets mixed up with the psychic fair and the people who work there, some kidnappers, and the one psychics daughter. For a good while you don't know what exactly is going on and who is involved. In that sense I really enjoyed it. It was not what I expected at the beginning and fun to see it all play out. Man, the one kidnapper was great to read as he is kind of crazy. I did figure out who the real bad guy was pretty quick, but not how everyone else fit into the story.

Now when I think of the story and what happens I general think a lot of great things. The issue I had? The writing just doesn't pull it together for me. For the most part it was good, but at times it just was kind of cheesy and a bit much. I don't know what it was exactly, but something didn't work as well as it should have. I still really like the idea and it was enjoyable an enjoyable read which I would recommend. I will read the next book to see how it goes.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2


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