Sixteen-year-old Jules Demarco is doomed from ever climbing the popularity ladder. For one, she spends most of her time working in the family restaurant, waiting tables for and delivering pizzas to her peers. Her family lives above the restaurant, so she can’t help but smell constantly of their recipes, and she’s forced to drive a vehicle with giant meatballs on top to school. Another challenge is that her father suffers from depression and massive hoarding that has filled every available surface in their home with junk; Jules hasn’t invited anyone home in years. She is also secretly in love with her former childhood friend, Sawyer Angotti, who is a forbidden foe as the son of their restaurant rival. Life is rather bleak for Jules, but her tight bond with her older brother, Trey, helps a bit. Unfortunately, it gets worse…a lot worse.
"Her new Visions series is a real winner, and fans of paranormal suspense will be thrilled! You can’t help but like Jules, with her kind heart, hopeless devotion for Sawyer and her very real frustrations with her father’s illness."
A disturbing vision begins to haunt Jules, a serious accident resulting in nine body bags. The images pop up everywhere, on billboards, movie screens, TV screens, even windows and street signs. At first, Jules begins to doubt her own sanity; maybe she is following in her father’s mental illness footsteps. But as the vision quickly begins interfering in every part of her life, she realizes it has to be some sort of warning about a future event, and maybe, just maybe, she can do something to stop it.
She begins sneaking out of the house to survey the crash site, which just happens to be at their rival restaurant. The owners catch her in what they think is spying, causing all sorts of ripples in the two families’ already tense affiliation, not to mention the damage it does to her nonexistent relationship with Sawyer. And her own family is very angry and concerned with her recent behavior. But Jules can’t stop trying to prevent this potential tragedy --- especially when she sees Sawyer’s face in one of the body bags.
Lisa McMann is best known for her Wake trilogy, and her legendary fame is about to expand even more. Her new Visions series is a real winner, and fans of paranormal suspense will be thrilled! You can’t help but like Jules, with her kind heart, hopeless devotion for Sawyer and her very real frustrations with her father’s illness. Plus, there’s her sardonic sense of humor displayed with her humorous top five lists sprinkled throughout the story. The special relationship between Jules and her brother, Trey, warms the heart, and the hidden family secrets add a bit of mystery to the pages. The author also tackles the challenging task of mental illness and how it affects the family. CRASH is a suspenseful and intriguing thriller sweetened with a dash of tender romance!
Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on January 31, 2013