Author: Cheryl Rainfield
Publish Date: Published November 20th 2012 by Rain and Sun Press
Visions can kill you. Would you risk your life to save someone else’s? Kate sees psychic visions of the future and the past—but only when she's having an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, she needs more visions to try to save her, along with a suicidal classmate—but triggering her asthma could kill her. Parallel Visions is the story of one brave, caring girl whose unusual gifts put her own life in danger. A new YA fantasy from the award-winning author of SCARS and HUNTED.
Kate has severe asthma, to the point where it can be life threatening in an instant. However during these attacks, she sees visions. No one believes she has these visions, so she has learned to keep them to herself. After seeing a vision about her sister, and a young girl about to commit suicide, she decides to take action to help the one she loves and the complete strange she has yet to meet.
Parallel Visions is a short fast read that can easily be read in one sitting. Because it’s a short story, the plot moves fast for Kate and Gil, who helps her and is the only one at the time that believes in her. Kate’s parents are protective of her, yet frustrating for the reader for not believing in Kate. The story also tells of Kate’s sister’s abuse, and how she hides it from her family. I really enjoyed how the paranormal and the sensitive topics of abuse and suicide were twined together to create an original story. Kate proves herself to be strong and courageous, to do what it takes to protect those she cares about.
It’s a fast read that I recommend, but do be aware there is violence involved.
Because Cheryl Rainfield is a survivor, I would like to share some websites she included at the end of the story.
Domestic Violence myths and Facts
The Trevor Project
It Gets Better Project
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US)
Youth Suicide Prevention (Canada)