In Vision by Galen Snowden and Cathy Newcomb, Madigral sees demons. She sees the demons that haunt people and they all have names, grotesque shapes, and crude speech.
It’s the reason that Madi doesn’t go out often, especially into crowded places like restaurants or bars. It is her fear of facing these demons that drive her to leave a night club called, The Rook, while co-owner of Vision Records and friend, Cassi, corralled the band on their label to autograph CDs after an evening performance.
Cassi that night ends up in a coma and Madi lives with the guilt. In trying to avoid other people’s demons, would her presence have kept Cassi healthy? Madi carries the guilt and that guilt influences her life. She has faith in God, but no faith in church as the demons that haunted those in church drove her away. As the demons influence the minds of those susceptible, Madi can see people’s truest intentions. As Cassi lies in a coma, Madi hires smooth Gabe Sheridan whose insincerity and salesman tactics manage to keep some of the musicians that voiced their concerns over Madi’s ability to run Vision Records without Cassi. They also manage to gain a new musician named Hanuel.
Hanuel is Korean with a mother dying of cancer, working hard to pay her mothers bills. Her singing is beautiful, and under Gabe’s influence, Madi takes her on as a new client and begins to help plan a benefit concert meant to help keep Vision Records afloat, bring good PR to the company, keep their current tentative clients, while helping Hanuel and her mother with the bills.
Eventually through the massive emotional trauma and confusion, Madi grows closer to God and God takes away her ability to see the demons. Madi discovers that even though she can no longer see the demons they still exist. She learns to sense them by people’s actions even without seeing them. As the story careens to an explosive and surprising end, the working relationship between Gabe and Madi erodes. Cassi’s life also teeters between life and death. First, Pneumonia and then her mother signs a DNR. It’s all too much as Madi learns to face the prospect of running the business with an overpowering assistant. It was the surprising end that brought me to tears.
Galen and Cathy co-wrote an excellent novel, if a bit unusual. The writing was beautiful and nearly error-free. Galen and Cathy have a poetic writing ability, drawing you into Madi’s world. I would not recommend anyone under seventeen to read this novel, as the language is rough and at times sexually crude. While the novel itself doesn’t condone sex outside of marriage, the crudeness comes from the demons. That’s expected. The language is not overdone and goes with the characters and the storyline. Galen and Cathy said they researched the music industry and their research shows in realistic portrayals of musicians and behind the scenes stuff one doesn’t see when attending a concert. It’s a novel that was thoroughly enjoyable, but because of the crude sexual language I gave this novel four stars.
*Book given by authors to review.