The second book of the Beyond the Veil Mystery series, entitled Proof of Life is written by Sheila Lowe. This thriller book will keep you on the edge of your seat as Jessica Mack is learning to deal with the voices that she keeps hearing. Five years ago Jessica lost her son in a car accident caused by her drunk husband. She spent months in the hospital recovering from injuries and amnesia. Ever since then she has heard voices, and she had gotten very good at ignoring them. However, now they are becoming more insistent and she finds that she is going to have to learn to deal with her new "gift" because lives are at stake.
Jessica is an artist, and creates incredible miniature displays. Now the voices are talking to her, and when she has a period of blacking out, she is finding that clues are coming through in her miniature worlds that she shares with her friend in the FBI. The clues are accurate and resulting in cases being solved, but she still can't control things.
She meets Sage Boles, and he has an open mind and is working with her and introducing her to people who could help her explore her powers. She goes to the Ojai Valley Spiritualist Association to learn more about spiritual communications. Now more than ever, it's important that she believe in herself and her gift. A four-year-old boy, Ethan Starkey, is missing and she needs to find him before it's too late.
This book does a great job of explaining "the clairs" in detail. I was amazed to find out that there are five different types;
- Clairvoyance - is clear seeing, a person can see images or the actual spirit
- Claircognizance - is clear knowing, having a well-developed intuition
- Clairaudience - is clear hearing, and they hear messages from a spirit
- Clairgustance - is clear tasting, a taste of a flavor is the communication
- Clairsalience - is clear smelling, a smell that is significant to the spirit
Some mediums are skilled in all five, others just use one or two of these types. This knowledge really helped to make the story come to life when various clues came from different sources.
If you enjoy a good mystery and like to open your mind to new things and new ways of thinking, you are going to really enjoy Proof of Life to start off your summer reading list.
Disclosure: Thank you to Suspense Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.