Most people are skeptical about psychics
and psychic powers. In the book The Vision by Dean Koontz, there arises
a real convincing psychic Mary, who has visions of murders that are yet
to happen. But, a new twist to the story causes Mary to see a different
kind of vision. Murders more gruesome than ever. More difficult to see.
Harder to pursue. All these factors cause the reader, and possibly Mary
to wonder who are the ones who really care for her. Can the murderer possibly
be someone she loves? Or maybe a haunting truth about the past.
The story takes place in various locations
of modern day California. Some of the story takes place in Los Angeles,
but the most momentous part of the story takes place in a little town called
King’s Point. The town is on the Pacific Coast Highway, and expensive houses
dot the shoreline. Pertaining to the visions, Dean Koontz vividly describes
the scene of each of them, as they take place. For example, he takes the
reader to one of the scenes of a murder. A small beauty shop in Santa Ana,
California. He forces the reader to picture the various aspects of a normal
beauty shop, such as, the exterior. The neon lights, the palm trees, the
jade-plant hedges, and the money-scented air. He informs the reader of
the scent of the shampoo, cream rinse, cologne, and perspiration. He tells
how the floor was covered in hair, and the purple color of the walls, and
the plush purple carpet. He describes the sound of the hair dryer and the
gunshot in which the murderer shot the cashier. As one can see, the author
thoroughly describes the setting.
The main character is of course, the psychic,
Mary Bergen. She is the author of a syndicated newspaper column about psychic
phenomena, and the one who pursues the visions in which the murderer creates.
The true identity of the murderer is not clear until the end of the book.
Max Bergen, Mary’s husband, and Alan Tanner, Mary’s brother, each try to
help Mary pursue her visions to catch the killer, and to free Mary’s life
of the horrible stress that encompasses her. But Max and Alan don’t get
along very well. Alan feels that Mary could have picked a better man to
marry, because he believes that all Max is after is Mary’s money, and that
Max doesn’t really realize how fragile she is. Max knows how Alan feels,
but obviously he disagrees. Max is pretty a strong man, six inches taller,
and forty pounds heavier than Alan. Although Max had promised Mary that
he would never physically fight another person, he feels a strong need
to fight Alan, but knows that won’t stop him from being so arrogant. Alan
on the other hand, can easily persuade people with his sweet voice, and
pleasing appearance. There is also Dr. Cauvel, Mary’s psychiatrist, and
Lou Pasternak, one of Mary’s old friends. Cauvel desperately tries to link
Mary’s visions to the past. Pasternak, an alcoholic journalist, helps Mary
and Max try to find the killer, and stop him.
Mary Bergen, the well-known psychic, has
unfortunate visions of murderers killing their victims. One day, a terrible
vision appears with no warning. And from then on, these visions are even
more macabre than her usual visions, and they always prevent Mary from
seeing the killer’s face. This puzzles Mary, so she goes to her psychiatrist
Dr. Cauvel, to seek some answers. He tries to delve into her past and unveil
some truths. She was abused as a child by one of her neighbors, who supposedly
killed all of her brother Alan’s pets. And her father died when she was
really young. Mary doesn’t clearly recall any of the abuse she experienced.
All she can really remember is the flapping of a lot of wings, like those
of a bird. She often has visions of just the wings, and it is an enigma
which severely frightens Mary. All she knows, is the wings relate to her
abuse. Considering that Mary has blocked this part of her past out, Cauvel
believes that her abuse is what caused her to start having these visions.
That same day, a vision comes to her. As she tries to pursue the vision
and see the killers face, hundreds of glass dogs that the Doctor had collected,
flew of the shelves, and at Mary. Scared and confused, Mary later looks
for comfort in Max. He of course comforts her, and tries to help solve
the mystery. He takes her to King’s Point where the next murder is to take
place and to meet with Lou, who helps them by having a seance to answer
some of Mary’s questions. A Ouji board assists in answering these questions.
But, there are a few questions asked by the reader, such as: Is the killer
actually someone who is close to Mary?
The Vision by Dean Koontz, is a very exciting
book that will most definitely keep one turning the pages. It has a lot
of suspense, and most of all, a lot of mystery. The author does a good
job in letting the reader know what is going on at all times. He does so
in such an interesting manner, which keeps one begging for more. The book
itself has a very attractive cover which also gets one’s attention. This
book is recommended to almost anyone, but mostly to those who like murder
In reading this book, one will find that
the main character Mary, goes through many perils but never seems to give
up. She persists with her visions until she feels that justice has been
served. Even though she has some people against her, mainly the skeptics,
she also has people who love her helping. This just shows that even though
one might feel like the world is against them, they actually have friends
who love them enough to help them solve all their problems. It just takes
persistence and patience.