A Stir of Echoes (1958) by Richard Matheson


Tom Wallace’s latent psi abilities are awakened after he is hypnotized at a party. He experiences telepathy, precognition, even a limited degree of mind-reading. He also sees a ghost. Awkward mashup of two independent storylines, the one a Peyton Place-like melodrama of the secret lives of a group of implausibly sinful neighbors, the other a simplistic and ultimately dull tale of a dead woman with an agenda. Meanwhile, Tom struggles to hold his mind and marriage together. For all its histrionics, the book is well-written and surprisingly readable, if never entirely satisfying.


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