on Aug. 7, 2015 :
Sara M. Garringer's, Hear No Evil is a freshly blended mixture of the common literary ingredients consisting of a cup of 'supernatural', a pinch of 'school-life', and a spoonful of 'romance'.
The plot revolves around the point of view of a teenage boy named Simon, infamously known as the 'Grim Reaper' due to the literal 'series of unfortunate events' that occurred in his life. Despite that pessimistic description of him, Simon is the type of character you would like to get to know after a couple of 'awkward' cups of coffee together. His personality traits were introduced right away, as well as the author intricately describing Simon's past to the point that the reader (such as myself) would heavily sympathize with the character. Feel what he feels, see what he sees, and basically walk around in his shoes. In short, I personally think Simon is the type of character you would like to cradle in your arms and reassure him that everything will be alright.
Upon reading the first few chapters of the story, when he was approached by some popular girl one school day, I assumed it would be one of those typical stores where the popular one meets the outcast and everything ends up like how it would in a Shoujo (young-female oriented Japanese comic genre) story. However shortly after he parts ways with that girl, his fantasy turns into a living nightmare as the girl coincidentally kicked the bucket, and unfortunately as that (hypothetical) 'bucket' was kicked, Simon was directly hit, as he was accused for her death.
I could not believe it, my expectations were then different, though I did not know exactly what would be next as the 'potential love interest' was killed off.
What was interesting was the 'gift' Simon had where he could interact with the supernatural, thus giving this book two thumbs up when it comes to character development.
The description of his ghostly interactions sent chills down my spine and honestly made me want to sleep with the lights on as I read it. What I appreciate with the way the book was written was that it was highly descriptive to the point you could even hear the song one of the characters was playing with the description alone.
Moving on to the romantic aspect of the story, though sweet, I believe that the female character involved was quite pushy and perhaps one of those characters you would come across in a 'chick lit' story. Personally not my type of love story to be told, but the purity and love the female character had was quite touching.
Hear No Evil is therefore a light yet satisfying read for those who would want their imaginations to be fed with vivid and emotionally touching story-telling.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)