The Vision


Word Count: 900

The Vision by Dean Koontz 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 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 tree, 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 air, 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, 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 of 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 disagrees. Max is pretty a strong
man, six inches taller, and forty pounds heavier then 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 vision 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,
those of like 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 off 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