The idea that dreams can predict the future is one of the strongest themes in the Bible. The Pharaoh whose dreams, sent by God, show him seven fat cows devoured by seven skeletal ones; seven plump ears of wheat swallowed by seven wrinkled ones. It’s a prophesy that Egypt will bask in seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of famine and death.
The Sight of You describes the prophetic dreams experienced by Joel. One thing quickly becomes clear to him: the gift of second sight that visits him while he sleeps is of a very specific kind. Because Joel only dreams about what the future holds for people he loves. Sometimes it’s good news. Sometimes it’s the worst imaginable. Either way, the prophesies always come true.
The only way Joel can stop his disturbing dreams is to withdraw. He cannot afford to allow himself the luxury of loving someone. Then he meets Callie, and realises she is destined to be the love of his life. Callie falls for Joel, too, and their great romance begins. Inevitably, Joel dreams about her, and clearly sees what fate awaits her. He knows it is real, and unavoidable.
What would you do? Would you tell the person you adore that you know exactly what lies in store for them? Or would you bite your tongue, and allow benign or malign fate to play itself out in its own time, and in its own way?
You’ll weep when you arrive at the end of Holly Miller’s tender yet arresting story. And then you’ll want to read it all over again. It’s mesmerising.