Most people are skeptical about
psychics and psychic powers. In the book The Vision by Dean Koontz,
there arises a real convincing psychic Mary, who has visions of
murders that are yet to happen. But, a new twist to the story causes
Mary to see a different kind of vision. Murders more gruesome than
ever. More difficult to see. Harder to pursue. All these factors
cause the reader, and possibly Mary to wonder who are the ones who
really care for her. Can the murderer possibly be someone she loves?
Or maybe a haunting truth about the past.
The story takes
place in various locations of modern day California. Some of the
story takes place in Los Angeles, but the most momentous part of the
story takes place in a little town called King’s Point. The town is
on the Pacific Coast Highway, and expensive houses dot the shoreline.
Pertaining to the visions, Dean Koontz vividly describes the scene of
each of them, as they take place. For example, he takes the reader to
one of the scenes of a murder. A small beauty shop in Santa Ana,
California. He forces the reader to picture the various aspects of a
normal beauty shop, such as, the exterior. The neon lights, the palm
trees, the jade-plant hedges, and the money-scented air. He informs
the reader of the scent of the shampoo, cream rinse, cologne, and
perspiration. He tells how the floor was covered in hair, and the
purple color of the walls, and the plush purple carpet. He describes
the sound of the hair dryer and the gunshot in which the murderer
shot the cashier. As one can see, the author thoroughly describes the
character is of course, the psychic, Mary Bergen. She is the author
of a syndicated newspaper column about psychic phenomena, and the one
who pursues the visions in which the murderer creates. The true
identity of the murderer is not clear until the end of the book. Max
Bergen, Mary’s husband, and Alan Tanner, Mary’s brother, each try
to help Mary pursue her visions to catch the killer, and to free
Mary’s life of the horrible stress that encompasses her. But Max
and Alan don’t get along very well. Alan feels that Mary could have
picked a better man to marry, because he believes that all Max is
after is Mary’s money, and that Max doesn’t really realize how
fragile she is. Max knows how Alan feels, but obviously he disagrees.
Max is pretty a strong man, six inches taller, and forty pounds
heavier than Alan. Although Max had promised Mary that he would never
physically fight another person, he feels a strong need to fight
Alan, but knows that won’t stop him from being so arrogant. Alan on
the other hand, can easily persuade people with his sweet voice, and
pleasing appearance. There is also Dr. Cauvel, Mary’s psychiatrist,
and Lou Pasternak, one of Mary’s old friends. Cauvel desperately
tries to link Mary’s visions to the past. Pasternak, an alcoholic
journalist, helps Mary and Max try to find the killer, and stop him.
Mary Bergen, the
well-known psychic, has unfortunate visions of murderers killing
their victims. One day, a terrible vision appears with no warning.
And from then on, these visions are even more macabre than her usual
visions, and they always prevent Mary from seeing the killer’s
face. This puzzles Mary, so she goes to her psychiatrist Dr. Cauvel,
to seek some answers. He tries to delve into her past and unveil some
truths. She was abused as a child by one of her neighbors, who
supposedly killed all of her brother Alan’s pets. And her father
died when she was really young. Mary doesn’t clearly recall any of
the abuse she experienced. All she can really remember is the
flapping of a lot of wings, like those of a bird. She often has
visions of just the wings, and it is an enigma which severely
frightens Mary. All she knows, is the wings relate to her abuse.
Considering that Mary has blocked this part of her past out, Cauvel
believes that her abuse is what caused her to start having these
visions. That same day, a vision comes to her. As she tries to pursue
the vision and see the killers face, hundreds of glass dogs that the
Doctor had collected, flew of the shelves, and at Mary. Scared and
confused, Mary later looks for comfort in Max. He of course comforts
her, and tries to help solve the mystery. He takes her to King’s
Point where the next murder is to take place and to meet with Lou,
who helps them by having a seance to answer some of Mary’s
questions. A Ouji board assists in answering these questions. But,
there are a few questions asked by the reader, such as: Is the killer
actually someone who is close to Mary?
The Vision by
Dean Koontz, is a very exciting book that will most definitely keep
one turning the pages. It has a lot of suspense, and most of all, a
lot of mystery. The author does a good job in letting the reader know
what is going on at all times. He does so in such an interesting
manner, which keeps one begging for more. The book itself has a very
attractive cover which also gets one’s attention. This book is
recommended to almost anyone, but mostly to those who like murder
In reading this
book, one will find that the main character Mary, goes through many
perils but never seems to give up. She persists with her visions
until she feels that justice has been served. Even though she has
some people against her, mainly the skeptics, she also has people who
love her helping. This just shows that even though one might feel
like the world is against them, they actually have friends who love
them enough to help them solve all their problems. It just takes
persistence and patience.
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