Review: First Visions by Heather Topham Wood

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Title: First Visions (Second Sight #1)

Author: Heather Topham Wood

Release Date/Publisher: May 1st 2012 by Wood

Finished: February 22nd 2012

Pages: 230-eBook-given for review


  1. First Visions
  2. New Revelations
  3. Dark Premonitions


Two years ago, 21-year-old Kate Edwards became deathly ill and slipped into a coma. While unconscious, she crept into the mind of a missing boy and awoke with the knowledge of his location. Friends and family were skeptical and wary of her new ability to see into the minds of others. Their fears prompted Kate to keep her psychic powers a secret. Feeling alienated, she dropped out of college and spent most of her days holed up at her mother’s home.

Now another child has been abducted. Police detective Jared Corbett seeks out Kate for her help in solving the case. Reluctantly, Kate agrees and they must work together to bring 8-year-old Cori Preston home to her family. Although attracted to one another, Jared has a girlfriend with ties to the abduction case and Kate is sarcastic and guarded since her coma. With visions she can’t control and an uncontrollable attraction to the detective, she wonders if she can leave the past behind and finally stop hiding from the world. Otherwise, Cori may be lost forever.

What I thought:

This book was a good start to the series. It had psychic powers, a kidnapping and mystery, and of course romance. I really liked the paranormal aspect of it too. How she could see visions of people missing or needing help was great, but the fact that they were limited and not all powerful was a nice change too. I would have liked to see the psychic powers play a bigger part though, or be used a bit more than they were.

I felt bad for Kate and all she had to go through with the press and that after she got her powers. The rest of the time she’s good with comebacks and she really does want to help others, and even if she wasn’t a strong kick-ass girl she was still cool. One thing that bugged me about her though was the fact that numerous times she apologized for her “strangeness”. I understand that she’s been a shut-in for a while and not good around people, but I wanted her to not be saying sorry for how she acts.

The other characters, her mom Darlene and Jared the detective have their own POV’s throughout the book, though it mostly focuses on Kate. I was surprised that her mom would have her own section and I really liked it actually. I also liked how close Kate and her mom were, it was cute and fun to read that they were like best friends.

Since this is New Adult  there is of course more talk about sex and a few make-out scenes but nothing else that you should be worried about. I did like this book, and I’m hoping to be able to read the others in the series at some point!


About the Author:

HeatherHeather Topham Wood’s obsession with novels began in childhood while growing up in a shore town in New Jersey. Writing since her teens, she recently returned to penning novels after a successful career as a freelance writer. In 2012, she published the first two novels in her Second Sight series: First Visions and New Revelations.

Heather graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 and holds a bachelor’s degree in English. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as USA Today,, Outlook by the Bay and Step in Style magazine. She resides in Trenton, New Jersey with her husband and two sons. Besides writing, Heather is a pop culture fanatic and has an obsession with supernatural novels and TV shows.

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