Review of Intuition, by Jayne Fordham

Synopsis:
Olive Morgan is not your typical psychologist. She can also access the memories of anyone she comes into contact with.

After an explosion in a Sydney shopping mall, Olive is enlisted alongside a team of ‘Elite’ consultants. She joins Canan Jones who can attune to the emotions of other people, including Olive. Initially, she distrusts the agency, but when another explosion threatens more lives Olive has no choice but to use her skill to prevent another disaster.

Is terrorism really at play or is the agency hiding the real reason behind these attacks?

Olive wants to solve the case, but her personal life is suffering. Despite having a boyfriend, she feels a connection brewing with Canan, who has an uncanny way of making her feel calm when life becomes overwhelming…

Intuition is a tale of supernatural suspense and the first book in the Elite Series.

Review:
I loved the premise of this story: Interesting characters with new-found psychic abilities are recruited by a mysterious covert agency. Their mission: To stop a terrorist. Or so they believe. I’ll leave it at that, in the interest of not revealing spoilers.

Fordham’s main challenge in this book is building the credibility of her characters. The team is headed by two mature men, but the new recruits are barely old enough to drink. They certainly live the lifestyle people of this age often enjoy, complete with hangovers the next day. Now, probably for the first time in their lives, these characters are faced with harsh reality and life and death situations. Fordham is tasked with convincing readers a government counter-terrorist unit would need this group of misfits to handle an issue of national security.

As a psychologist just starting out, Olive is confused about why they’d choose her, until she learns it’s the entire team’s special abilities the organization is really after. Relieved to know she’s not the only one with a strange gift, and eager to get to know others similar, she agrees to help.

Due to a plot twist the new recruits are all the same age. They’re immature and often unprofessional. Differing life experiences gave each unique outlooks, but not enough for them to approach their mission with the seriousness it requires. Needless to say, this gets them into hot water more than once. As a reader, this immaturity frustrated me at times, but I believe this may just be a plot device used by the author. 

Fordham wove twist after twist through plenty of action. She spent a lot of time telling me how the characters reacted instead of showing me, and I felt the momentum suffered because it. Without the opportunity to get inside their heads and figure these kids out for myself, I had some difficulty making an emotional connection to the characters. 

I gave this book three readings.

Intuition Excerpt: 

Olive’s phone rang before she could locate the remote control. The phone number on the screen was blocked; she had no idea who would be calling her.

“Hello?” Olive asked tentatively.

“Olive Morgan?” A stern voice asked.

“Yes, that’s me.”

“My name is Regent. I work for a confidential agency with the government.”

Um, hi,” she mumbled. She wondered if this was going to be some kind of sales pitch.

You better turn on the news. There’s something you need to see,” he said firmly.

Huh?” Olive was feeling a bit confused, but the man sounded quite serious, so she did as she was told. The remote had fallen between the cushions on the lounge, so she retrieved it and hit the power button.

An image of an explosion flooded the screen. Olive stood up straight, her eyes glued to the display.

What’s that?” Nat cried, getting up from the table to come closer to the television.

Olive turned up the volume on the news channel where a young woman was now on the screen with a microphone. There was black smoke behind her and people running all over the place.

“An explosion in south-west Sydney has caused havoc,” the reporter announced. “It is feared that many are dead and many more injured. The circumstances are considered suspicious at this stage.”

“Oh my gosh! This is so scary,” Nat gasped.

Olive was shaking. An explosion so close to home. They thought it was suspicious; she felt her stomach recoil. She placed the phone back to her ear.

Who are you?” she asked suspiciously.

About Jayne Fordham:

Jayne Fordham resides in Sydney where she works as a psychologist and freelance writer while working on another novel. Jayne has also authored the YA fantasy novel, A Season Of Transformation.

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Purchase links coming soon

Intuition will be available atL: Amazon, Barnes n’ Noble, iBookstore, and Lulu (paperback available April 2012)

 

 

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