A vivid waking dream of giant cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss haunts Anna St. Thais. The trees sit on a black lake that resembles a dark Louisiana bayou with an evocative aura. The dream includes the presence of a man who seems to know Anna all too well and a group of people with strange telepathic powers, sometimes called veiled eyes.
An orphan from Texas, she is on her way east to help out a friend when she encounters two terrifying things. Psychically, she begins to see and hear things through the eyes of an unknown individual, a man who knows more about her than she ever would have imagined. The second thing is that she has been kidnapped by a sociopathic trucker intent on making her his latest victim.
When she is rescued by Gabriel Bergeron, a member of the elusive Lake People in Northwestern Louisiana, Anna doesn’t realize that he is her psychic counterpart and she has been inexplicably pulled to the area. She shares their strange colored gold eyes and their distinctive mental powers. They are a reclusive lot and know that Anna is one of them, but has been isolated by unknown circumstances. She is drawn into their incomparable world, something between that of the Creoles and Cajuns, and much in addition to those.
There Anna finds a romantic link with Gabriel and the spine-tingling fear of not knowing who to trust. Her return has disturbed the inner workings of the group and threatens to expose secrets long concealed in the murky Louisiana bayous. There are secrets to be divulged about her past and why she was spirited away as an infant. Anna isn’t safe until she discovers the answers she so desperately requires.
About the Author:
C.L. Bevill has been in the U.S. Army, cleaned floors, a graphic illustrator, a therapist, and a stay at home mother. She lives in the Alabama area with her husband and daughter and keeps plugging away at the next great American novel.
Review of Veiled Eyes
Star Rating: 3.5 stars
Anna has always been able to sense people’s intentions but when she climbs into a truck with a driver a nightmare comes true. Searching for a friend leads her to the psycho, but also opens her mind to the whistling man, that she believes is something her mind has conjured up. But when she awakens drugged and tied down in the back of the truck, she knows what awaits her.
She becomes frantic and the whistling man’s presence in her head becomes stronger asking her where she is? She answers not believing it could be real but when she is rescued by Gabriel she’s taken to his cabin where she awakens with an odd sense that she should be here, and with a fear of the lake people. As she gets closer to Gabriel and soon accepts she’s one of them, she begins to open up slowly.
But when a man warns her away and an old woman speaks to her beyond the grave Anna investigates and enters very dangerous territory. The lake people have secrets and ones that they will protect with their lives.
Anna I really liked her she was strong, intelligent yet cautious. Her ways of dealing with the lake people was very realistic and I loved her and Gabriel’s (Or Mr. Grabby hands) relationship. Gabriel was such a man and more times he didn’t know how to express himself and messed everything up but it was a great chemistry they had together.
I also loved how Anna investigated everything even going into the mines, It was dangerous and reckless but she wouldn’t stop until she got her answers. I was shocked with what she finds out but loved all the twists and turns in the plot.
Overall a great read one I would recommend.