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Revelations: Fingerprints #6    by Melinda Metz order for
by Melinda Metz
Order:  USA  Can
Avon, 2001 (2001)
Paperback, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This is the 6th in a series about a young woman who has discovered in herself the psychic ability to read other people's thoughts through their fingerprints. It turns out that she and others were the children of experimental subjects in a government project to develop psi powers. Its chief scientist, Mercer, had second thoughts about the project's success, murdered Rae's mother and tried to kill her after her powers emerged in a previous episode. Government agents subsequently killed him. The young heroine also spent a summer in a mental hospital in an earlier volume of the series, and is still seeing a therapist.

Though I jumped into the middle, it wasn't too difficult to catch up on what the Fingerprints series is all about. As this episode opens, Rae is at outs with a past boyfriend Anthony and back with the school heartthrob Marcus. Anthony was tricked by his cousin Yana (once Rae's friend) into a seeming betrayal. Yana resents Rae's life and the loving father who teaches medieval literature. But though Rae hates what Yana did to her, she responds to her old friend's plea for help. Yana's father seems to be making moves to commit her, and Rae does not want to see even her worst enemy go through the same experience that humiliated and terrified her.

As the plot thickens, Rae begins to hear hateful thoughts in her mind, and it is clear to the reader that she has an enemy, but who is it and which of her old and new boyfriends will be there for her when she needs help? The villain turns out to be very confused but very powerful, with horrifyingly strong psychic abilities, and uses them in an attempt to kill Rae slowly. Our heroine survives, finds her true love and begins to mentor a little sister. I recommend the series to older teens, as some of the romantic scenes might make younger ones uncomfortable. Revelations is a well done psi mystery about hormonally charged young people, coping with unique problems as well as the usual crises of love and life.

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