on March 23, 2000
Pitting college freshman Jenna Blake and the rest of the Sommerset PD and ME's office against (apparent) zombies who have returned to the dead, Meets the Eye certainly raises the weirdness quotient of the Body of Evidence thrillers another notch. Nancy Drew was never like this! When creating his mysteries, Mr. Golden always manages to keep me guessing as to what's going on.
Judging from this book and the last one, Soul Survivor, it seems as if the focus of the series is shifting from figuring out whodunnit to just revealing what's going on. The plots are still interesting, but an unfortunate side effect seems to be that when the culprit is finally revealed, it seems to almost come out of left field. And that's a shame, because while the killers may be underdeveloped, the regular cast certainly isn't.
While I thought that Soul Survivor tried to wrap up the emotional scars from the previous book (Thief of Hearts) too quickly, Meets the Eye moves the characters along at a more natural pace. Jenna's relationships with her father, her classmates, and her coworkers are proceeding in a believable fashion. Her relationship with Damon Harris continues to grow, and it'll be interesting to see if her crush with Detective Danny Marciano raises its ugly head again in later books to interfere with that.
Pathologists Slick and Dyson take on slightly larger roles this time around, in some surprising ways. Mr. Golden established early on in this series that nobody is necessarily safe, that everyone is a potential victim, and that really helps the suspense this time around. And, of course, we get some more of Mr. Golden's grisly murder scenes and--wonder of wonders--fight scenes that really make violence seem like a bad thing, instead of glorifying it.
I still really enjoy this series, and think it's appropriate for adults as well as teens. (Parents of younger readers might want to check out the levels of violence, gore, and the increasingly mature language creeping into the books to make sure they're acceptable for their children.) I just wish Mr. Golden would get back to creating killers who are as interesting as his cast of heroes or their methods of killing.