Double Vision by Colby Marshall

Double Vision

Colby Marshall

An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller featuring forensic psychiatrist Dr. Jenna Ramey, who uses her unique condition of grapheme-color synesthesia to profile and catch dangerous criminals for the FBI.

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New from the author of Color Blind...FBI profiler Jenna Ramey has synesthesia, a neurological condition that causes perceptions of color to flash through her mind, triggered by seemingly unrelated stimuli. But she has learned to understand and interpret these associations. They help her do her job. They can help save lives…
 
A little girl has witnessed a mass shooting. What she knows may be the key to finding the man responsible. Jenna has been tasked with drawing her out, figuring out what she saw, what she remembers, what it means.
 
But Molly is an unusual child. She is sweet and bright, and eager to help, but she has a quirk of her own: an intense preoccupation with numbers. It helps her notice things that others don’t. It also leads Jenna into a maze of speculation that could turn into a wild goose chase while the body count continues to rise.
 
Jenna and Molly view the world through their own filters. In some ways, they speak different languages. Now Jenna must learn to communicate, to break Molly’s code, to understand the mind of a murderer…


Advance Galley Reviews

Thank you First To Read for providing me with the free digital galley copy of DOUBLE VISION in exchange for my honest review. Every book I have received from you has been entertaining, engrossing and good quality works. This is the first mystery novel I have read by Colby Mathews and will not be my last. I was intrigued by Jenna, the FBI profiler who sees colors associated with certain emotions, situations and people which help her solve crime. The term really exists and is called synesthesia. Those who have it can hear see and taste colors and it makes them good problem solvers. I have a form of it myself where I can see numbers and letters in color.Zero is light blue=-gray, one is a rose pink, 2 is red, three yellow and so on. So I was into the book from the get go and for the most part I thought it was great! The is the second book in the series but there is enough background information that helps you understand Jenna and what happened in the first book that makes her so cautious and not trusting of people. The story is about a grocery store shooting where seven people were killed and the possible connection to a serial killer. Jenna enlists the help of a a young girl named Molly who was a witness at the scene and was a genius with numbers and helped to solve the crime. The second story of the novel involves Yancey, Jenna's boyfriend and his decision to get personally involved with a person on a 911 call of which he was a dispatcher. I have to admit I figured out "whodunit" well before the "reveal" scenes so it was no surprise to me when it finally happened. Still it was a good mystery with lots of twists and well written although i recommend having an editor go over the galley again to catch some missing words and a glaring error calling Yancey Hank, Jenna's murdered husband, which caused some confusion and a few little words here and there toward the end of the book. The only thing I didn't like is it seemed to drag a little in places with some unnecessary scenes and details but maybe that is because I had figured it out and wanted to get the part where my suspicions were confirmed. There were also some interesting information about Greek mythology and numbers symbolism in art too which gave the story more depth. If you like good mysteries with interesting characters DOUBLE VISION should not be missed! Like others have said here, I would love to see Molly come back in the series too. She was great!

The plot contained an intriguing use of synesthesia. Jenna--the main character, who is a psychologist--has emotional reactions to situations and people that present as colors. Couple that character with a young girl who take special notice of numbers and you have a rather unique storyline. The characters were all very well developed--even those without special talents. For the most part I thoroughly enjoyed all the twists and turns, which left me speculating about who was behind the murders. Even when the murderer was discovered, there was another co-conspirator who needed to be found. The only criticism I had was the overuse of UNSUB (a term that wasn't explained until many UNSUBs later). It became tedious to read, but I hung in there thinking another agent's insistence that Jenna use that term rather than labeling her suspect as one of the wanted serial killers, would somehow be important to the story, In my opinion, it wasn't. Regardless of that one hiccup, it was a fascinating read--one I had a hard time laying aside.

I had difficulties reading this book, primarily because I have a Kindle and I could only read using my phone. The difficulty is strictly technology not the book. I did, however, enjoy the plot line and the characters were well fleshed out and believable. I particularly enjoyed the character Jenna, she is kick ass! This is the first book by this author I have had the opportunity to read. I plan on following up the pervious book. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review a really good book. Two thumbs up!

I enjoyed this book. It has plenty of twist and turns, every time you think the story is going one way it goes a different way, so you're always surprised. I look forward to reading more from this author.

I hadn't read the first book, but I thought it wasn't necessary so I could read Double Vision. Just as some detective books that you can read without following an order and don't be lost on the story. But there were many characters that were on the previous book and with some story already happening. That discouraged me from keep reading, even with the great character that Molly is.

This story had me captivated from the beginning all the way to the end even though I hadn't read the first book in the series yet and didn't know a lot about synesthesia. The characters are well-written and likable and the story line provides enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. I am definitely going to get the first book in the series and start again from the beginning so I can learn more about the relationships between the characters

I will begin by saying that I haven’t read the first book in the series. I read this one because I received a free advanced copy. I did feel as though I was missing a little bit in the relationships and character development having missed the beginning of the story. I think this was an interesting, well written book. I liked the characters and the plot line. I think it was fantastic that a little girl plays such a huge role, and is actually viewed as helpful. I enjoyed Molly's interactions with the adults in this book. I’m a huge fan of books involving homicide detectives and investigations, so this one was great. That being said, I thought the color thing was a little distracting. For most of the book, every time she “felt” a color, she either ignored it or said she didn’t know what it meant. There was only one time where the color actually seemed to matter, which was near the end when she figured out who the killer was. For the rest of the book it just seemed to interrupt whatever was going on at that time. Overall, I enjoyed this book. Even with the distraction of the colors, it was a good book. I would definitely give this author another chance.

I really loved the twists and turns throughout this book. I have never really learned much about synesthesia before. It seems to be a strange disease. The characters were great and I did not know who was the real bad guy til close to the end. Wonderful story. Look forward to reading more about these characters.

I knew when I requested this book that it was a second Dr. Jenna Ramey book. I hoped that didn't matter, but I think it did. Much of the time I was reading, I felt like an outsider - like I wasn't privy to some important information that would inevitably connect the pieces and characters. In retrospect, I should have put down the book, picked up "Color Blind" and then gone back to the book. There was a lot going on in this book - characters which were developed by their ability or disability (synesthesia, dementia, genius, mental illness, and psychopathy) and references to mythology. For a pleasure read, that's a lot to keep up with. There were several instances that I found hard were difficult to connect. I'm guessing Marshall will put some of those pieces together in a third novel. Overall, "Double Vision" was a novel read (no pun intended - okay, maybe it was) with an interesting premise.

"Double Vision" is the second Dr. Jenna Ramey Thriller. It sucked me in just like the first book "Color Blind" that introduced Dr. Jenna Ramey, her peculiar way of taking things in, her daughter, her brother and father and also her serial-killer mom. But in a way, "Double Vision" fell short of my expectations because it packs too many people and their stories into one and relies to heavely on weird connections. While the timing of the revelations in the book is impeccable and takes your breath away, I sometimes just felt left behind because some actions or decisions seemed to come out of nowhere or seemed undeveloped. Additionally, I still wonder why the killer committed the murders, what sort of person hid behind the masquerade, and how some things - apart from the plot - are connected. I think "Double Vision" is a good book and I am hooked enough to wait for the third installment to learn more. I just hope Jenna and the other main characters get a bit more breathing room in that one.

"You do what you have to for people you love." This book really grows on you. I received my copy courtesy of the Penguin First to Read program. Dr. Jenna Ramey is an FBI profiler who can sense things with colors called synesthesia and she uses it on her job to help save lives. This is the first book I have read by Colby Marshall but I don't think it matters that it isn't the first in the series. The story begins with a shooter at a grocery store and numbers and Greek mythology all tie in with a serial killer of pure evil. I was kept guessing throughout and although I had suspicions on a certain character I had no idea where that would take me in this plot. The characters are wonderful and honest, the wrong versus right might get confusing sometimes but that's the way the world works, right? I liked the tension that builds up to the climax at the end that like any good series gives us an ending with a hint of more.

This was a tightly paced thriller, but ultimately it suffers from the same problem that I've found in many detective stories: too many characters are special. There are too many bizarre names and incredibly rare traits (synesthesia, an insanely intelligent child who didn't read like a child at all, a psychopath, mental illness) packed into one novel. The references to the first book (I assume, since I haven't read it) make for an even more overwhelming read. The obsession with mythology and lore just didn't click to me as being very realistic in the midst of all this other stuff going on. I can read a mystery for mere pulpy entertainment, but this book had way, way too much going on.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. A few chapters in I decided to get the first book from the library so I was completely up to date on the story. I've read a bit about synesthesia before so I was somewhat familiar with what it's like. I thought this book was a very good mystery/suspense novel. I thought the characters were very realistic and multi dimensional and I liked that the plot wasn't a straight line. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series!

Below I've pasted my honest review. This review is scheduled to post to my blog, fixedbaroque.com, on Monday, March 30th. Because I have a no spoiler policy on my blog, there is one comment I want to make first that I did not include in my review. The only part of the book I found confusing was chapter 59 (if I'm not mistaken) where Dr. Ramey is in the SWAT vehicle negotiating with Liam, it mentions that she calls out to Hank. But Hank is her dead husband, so I couldn't understand why she would call out to him in such a literal, realistic way as opposed to a more reverent or prayer-like way. It made it sound as if Hank were physically there. Now, my review: --------------------------------------- I received an ARC (advance reader's copy) of this book from Penguin for the purpose of honest review. My honest review follows--and don't worry, this is a no spoiler zone. Double Vision by Colby Marshall is the second book in the Dr. Jenna Ramey series, but you needn't read the first book, Color Blind, to enjoy Double Vision. Admittedly, I don't often read crime/thriller/mystery novels, but since I'm studying to be a librarian, I want to be decently versed in as many genres as possible. Not to mention, the gorgeous cover and the book jacket copy had me intrigued from the start. Here's the synopsis from Goodreads: New from the author of Color Blind... FBI profiler Jenna Ramey has synesthesia, a neurological condition that causes perceptions of color to flash through her mind, triggered by seemingly unrelated stimuli. But she has learned to understand and interpret these associations. They help her do her job. They can help save lives... A little girl has witnessed a mass shooting. What she knows may be the key to finding the man responsible. Jenna has been tasked with drawing her out, figuring out what she saw, what she remembers, and what it means. But Molly is an unusual child. She is sweet and bright, and eager to help, but she has a quirk of her own: an intense preoccupation with numbers. It helps her notice things that others don't. It also leads Jenna into a maze of speculation that could turn into a wild goose chase while the body count continues to rise. Jenna and Molly view the world through their own filters. In some ways, they speak different languages. Now Jenna must learn to communicate, to break Molly's code, to understand the mind of a murderer... As I mentioned earlier, I'm a newbie to the genre so I don't know if some of the elements I liked about the book are typical of the crime/thriller/mystery genre or if they're particular to this book. Either way, there were several things I particularly liked.... I really appreciated the diversity in the characters. Dr. Jenna Ramey has synesthesia, her boyfriend, Yancy, is an amputee with a prosthetic leg, and Jenna has a daughter, Ayana, from a previous marriage and she's mixed. Guess which one of these traits takes center stage in the book? The synesthesia. All too often I see books about someone with a physical disability and that character lacks dimension because all the character talks about are the challenges of having a disability. Likewise, all too often I see Black/African American characters who are written as though they lack dimension because the whole premise of their characters are to talk about what it's like being Black/African American. While these perspectives are certainly valid, I feel they're overdone and don't explore the complex range of thoughts and emotions that these characters might feel just by being human. It's almost like in lieu of a personality, these characters are defined by one dominant trait about them. I'm happy to say that Colby Marshall doesn't do this--all the characters are just portrayed as normal human people with normal human emotions. I also appreciate the family structure the Rameys have. Jenna isn't your stay-at-home-mom who's supportive of all her husband's grand adventures stopping crime. She's educated, hard working and clever at her job, while her father and brother run the household and take care of Ayana. I like how Jenna is multifaceted and that she clearly loves her daughter, yet her entire identity is not derived from motherhood. Furthermore, the clues take the reader on an adventure in Greek mythology, numerology, and religious conspiracy theory all rolled into one. While I wouldn't necessarily call Double Vision "academic" in the sense that it blatantly tries to teach the reader something, such as the case with literary fiction, you can definitely pick up a few trivia type tidbits throughout the story. And the best part is that the perpetrator is the LAST person (or people) that you'd expect. I was drawn in immediately from the first chapter. There's a steady stream of intrigue, so just about the time you're wondering where something is going, a big breakthrough or major plot point happens. In this way, the story keeps you on your toes. If you're already a fan of crime/thriller/mystery books, you'll be right at home with Double Vision. If female crime-stoppers or badass women is your genre kryptonite, this is for you. Or if you just want a light reading page-turner as an escape, add this to your To Be Read list. Double Vision will be released on April 7th. You can pre-order the book at any major book retailer or buy it wherever books are sold.

Jenna and Molly make this book. It's so interesting to learn about them and how they see the world. I am not usually a big fan of muder mysteries but this book shares it's focus with how humans understand and interact with the world around them. I haven't read anything else by this author and this story seems to be built on previous books, it does distract a bit.

I was pleasantly surprised this book. I've been huge into thrillers but had not heard of Colby Marshall until now. I definitely want to check out Colorblind and find out the back story of all the characters. I was fearful for the characters and the brazen choices that they made, holy crap Yancy. To be honest I wanted to shake him out of his self pity and always have to save the girl complex. He could of lost one of the best things he had going for him. The revelation was amazing - Molly is exceptional and I hope she comes up again in future books. Maybe as a teenager. The humanity and foibles of all the characters really made the book just that more intense. Love it!

This is the first book I've read by Colby Marshall, and I can absolutely say it won't be my last!. I read it in a day, I couldn't put it down. I will have to go back and read the first book to learn the rest of Yancy, Jenna and Claudia's story. This story grabbed me from the first page and just wouldn't let go, it's now 12:58 am and I finally finished it. i wound be surprised to find Colby climbing the charts!

Double Vision was so much fun to read that I couldn't put it down and I finished it in two days. The main character, Jenna, has the most amazing mind. She associates colors with different people or attitudes and uses this unique capability to help solve crimes. Molly, a six year old witness to a crime, understands numbers in an equally fascinating way. The interactions between the two characters was really what kept me hooked. This novel focuses mostly on the "cop work" involved in crime, and there isn't too much detail or interaction between the cops and Triple Killer, the moniker for the deranged murderer who is the focus of Jenna's case. Quite a few crime novels give gory details and put off those with weaker stomachs. Double Vision gives just enough detail to describe the crime, without causing nightmares. It seems like Double Vision is the second, if not third, novel involving Jenna, but I don't feel like I was too lost to enjoy this story. I plan to find out if Colby Marshall has written any Jenna novels previously, and read those just as quickly. I really enjoyed this story, and the characters. It feels like the type of series I would religiously follow for subject manner, and character development. Jenna reminds me, a little, in her determination and dedication to the case, and unique "gut feelings", of Eve Dallas created by J.D. Robb. Anyone who enjoys the futuristic murder mysteries written under Nora Robert's pen name would enjoy Double Vision.

Update February 2, 2015: Awesome book, unfortunately the DRC copy had serious issues in being able to read this without frustration. However, from what I did read it's excellent and a storyline that's perfect for my liking. I'm upset, but I will most definitely and anxiously wait for the release of this so I can read it without the disruptions the digital copy gave me. It's the only book that's ever given me issues from the Penguin FTR program, but every other book I've read from the program has been amazing to say the least. It made me think of one of my favorite tv shows while reading which is "Criminal Minds" as well as few others so it was a lot of fun. Profiling, numbers, colors, evidence, profiling, details, all awesome!! The issue was a lagging to where with nearly every page turn the page stop sometimes about an inch or two to other times stopping halfway through the page turns. There no way I could have read the entire book as it was, however I did give it four stars for what I was able to tolerate reading with the glitch. I was hoping it was only the very beginning, however entire book did the same thing no matter which app I used. As stated below, this is the only book that's ever given me any issues. Would love to know what happens in the story and how it ends. I'd definitely recommend it based on what I was able to read. Thank you #Penguin #FirstToRead program and the Author Colby Marshall for the opportunity :) I got an email to give my thoughts. For right now I'm reading "Dorothy Parker Drank Here" but my BAM reader just gave me an error and is lagging so I'm going to download the books I have left to the BlueFire app. Hopefully that works better. Not sure of anyone can see this since I'm doing the "save and finish later" part?

Wonderful read. I loved the complexity of the situations and the characters. I actually found myself getting a bit stressed about the outcome of the characters decisions. While I was able to figure out who did it quite quickly, there were still enough twists and turns that kept me reading all through the night!

I received an ARC copy of this book. I have not read others by this author and the afterword refers to the "Jenna" series so obviously more are planned for the future. I can only hope the author refines her next books. I cannot say this book engrossed me although I found the premise interesting. I thought the plot was ponderous and sluggish especially around page 240. I kept wanting the character to "get to the point already!!". This book was way too wordy and should have been edited to be more concise. All in all, I would rate this book 3 stars out of 5.

I was really disappointed with this book since the premise seemed very interesting and I enjoy detective shows where some special ability helps the protagonist solve the cases. In found it hard to keep myself interested with the story even if the first chapter was very promising but from then on it felt like it dragged trying to widen the scope of the plot but not really getting anywhere. I was expecting since the lead a profiler the role of color synesthesia would have more explained links with psychology.

While some of the characters were well-developed (like young Molly, the numbers whiz, and Eldred, the elderly man whose mind is deteriorating from Alzheimer's), I found the plot lacking. Too many coincidences and tangental sub-plots (a corruption ring that never really goes anywhere, the main character and her boyfriend seem, um, less than committed) made for a tidy ending but a lot of unexplained loose ends. I read this quickly, but was ultimately disappointed in its execution.

I enjoyed this book. I thought it was an interesting premise that you can solve crimes based on special connections. I recommend it to anyone who likes crime stories. I am going to check out her first book "Color Blind" to get the beginning of Jenna's story.

I just started reading this book, but already I know this is going to be a good one, especially for me. This is my kind of book, genre wise and I do already like the style of writing. So before I continue reading this novel so that I can continue the review, I will go buy the other book by this author. If I know I like one book by an author, chances are I will like them all. So far I have not disappointed myself with this philosophy. I did buy the other book, and read it as I mentioned I enjoy serials and am compulsive in reading in the order in which they were written. This is an unique character with a very rare condition. I truly enjoyed the suspense right up to the end. I would recommend this to readers who are looking for a true suspense novel with a non-run of the mill character, and a boring plot. Indeed, a very suspenseful, enjoyable book to read. Read the first novel first though, it's not necessary.

This story and its characters will hook you from the first chapters. The combination of Jenna' s and Molly's special connections with the world around them makes solving the mass shooting crime an intriguing read. I never thought of numbers in the way Molly does....I loved her analysis of the painting " The Last Supper" which plays so much into the action of the story. I don't want to give away any of the plot..you must read this for yourself. I will now go purchase this author's previous book, "Color Blind" and will look forward to the continuing fast paced cases of FBI profiler Jenna Ramey.Thanks for a good read!

Honestly, I'm not the right audience for this book. I misunderstood what the book would be about, from the short synopsis provided. For readers who enjoy stories about serial killers, sleuths with very special almost psychic skills who get so wrapped up in their work that they postpone using those special skills and characters whose lives are tormented for decades by demented parents that somehow are never permanently jailed, then this book will thrill. It is well-written but the topics are not my interest areas.

 


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