Review by Glynis Railton
Last September when lockdown was lifted and travel was allowed I visited Harrogate (always one of my favourite places) and popped into indie bookshop ‘Imagined Things’, where purely on the recommendation of shop owner Georgia I picked up a copy of Jackson Ford’s ’The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind’. After finally getting around to reading it what can I say except ‘thank you Georgia you were absolutely right’!
I’m a sucker for series like Heroes (and X- Men), indeed anything with a superhero coming to terms with their powers and trying to fit into society knowing their ability if used will make them stick out like a sore thumb. Then throw in a ‘24’ scenario with events happening within a short period, and crikey Moses, you’ve got a cracking well paced story with twists, cliffhangers and edge of your seat storylines!
‘Let me tell you a little something about psychokinesis. Everyone has these ideas about what you can actually do with it..Plenty of people online claim they have psychokinesis…[but] if they could really move things with their minds, they’d either be dead or in the same government program I’m in. It’s just me.’
That’s Teagan Frost, living in LA, working for a removals company, which is really a cover for a small group tasked with gathering information and getting in and out of places without being observed. But when a body is discovered on the site of their last job and cameras have captured the team in action, Teagan is given 24 hours to clear her name which turns out not so be so easy when you’re also fighting a villain who can cause hurricanes and move organic objects.
Having now read (and loved) books 2 and 3 in the series: ‘Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air’ and ‘Eye of the Sh*t Storm’, where Teagan deals with children who have the ability to cause earthquakes and control electricity I can confirm that the author matches the suspense and action delivered in the first book.
Woven into the storylines are the realities of homelessness and drug addictions; white privilege is brilliantly addressed in book 3 and disability is a recurring theme throughout the books.