Spending more time on the book forums of Readitswapit recently has meant, once again, I am discovering more titles and authors I might not otherwise have read. Though I am something of a Graham Masterton fan, this was one I had not heard of before, the first in a series about psychic Sissy Sawyer, and the synopsis given by one of the members on RISI both amused and intrigued me. Apparently one of the characters has an accident with an axe, removes the tips of three of his fingers, attaches them back with band aids then loses them again during sex!!!! Thankfully there is more to the story than that but, as you can probably guess, the book has been written with it's tongue very firmly placed in it's cheek!!
Feely has an inclination to head north; it is where his destiny is leading him, he believes, and is also as far from his dysfunctional family as he can possibly get. Robert Touche, known to his friends as "Touchy", is looking for companionship and picks Feely up from the side of the road. It is a fateful series of events that leads ultimately to a random set of shootings conducted by Touchy and Feely from the boot of Touchy's car using a sniper rifle.
Sissy Sawyer is a psychic; more importantly she is an empath who is drawn to the strongest of emotions- fear, anger, happiness and of course the strongest of them all, love. By day she tells the future by a set of very unique and exceptionally rare Tarot cards but when her cards predict the coming of two storms to her local area, she begins to wonder if she should do something to try and halt the potential damage left in their wake. Her main obstacle in the way is her son who wishes her to come down to his holiday home in Florida for the holidays and is a firm non-believer in her talents. As events begin to collide and the trail of death grows closer, Sissy is forced to rely on her natural instincts and the help of a desperate Police Detective eager for clues....
Masterton is a writer who has certainly practised the method of quantity over quality in his writings and has notched up in his career over 70 novels! These have included romantic historical fiction and self-help sex books but he is best known for his sci-fi and horror novels, the bulk of which are made up of the latter genre. Many of his books deal with demonology or ancient beliefs and superstition and though many of his books have been excellent reads (the first Night Warriors novel, The Walkers, The priah and the Manitou series) there have been just as many that have been truly awful and as many that have just been...well dull for want of another word.
Thankfully Touchy And Feely is none of these- it is a short, sharp entertaining read that is not too challenging and quite entertaining in a very unserious way. Whether or not it is actually a new novel or just an old idea rehashed and reimagined for a new generation I am not sure but it reads very much like an early work and is reminiscent of much of the humour that can be found in the late Richard Laymon's work or that of another favourite author of mine, Dean Koontz.
Don't go into this expecting too much and you'll probably enjoy it. But be prepared to have your credubility stretched in places like, for instance, the afore-mentioned part where Touchy loses part of his fingers!
Not his best work to date then but pleasing nonetheless!