Mind Game

Mind Game takes Jane MacGuire back to Scotland where she continues her search for the treasure she’s been chasing for years. But now she’s being plagued by dreams of a girl in danger. Who is this girl, and what is she trying to tell Jane? And will Jane figure it out before it’s too late—for her and the mysterious young woman? Things are further complicated when Seth Caleb comes back into Jane’s life. This time he’s the one in trouble, and Jane will find herself pulled unexpectedly into his world as she fights to save him.

With the adventure, intrigue, and explosive energy that Iris Johansen fans love, Mind Game is a high-octane thriller that readers won’t be able to put down.

Iris Johansen has mystified her readers with over 20 books and now she’s provided another one that is going to truly satisfy her longtime fans with answers to some of those questions that have been plaguing us, keeping us up at night, causing us to cook so distracted we end up using salt instead of sugar nearly killing people with apple pie gone wrong. Don’t worry she’s still able to keep those open ended questions going in that delightful way to drive you crazy until her next book comes out.

Mind Game allows us to spend time in Scotland with Jane Macguire, Eve & Joe’s daughter in case you didn’t remember. Her character and personality are most on display in her interactions with the characters around her. A young woman in desperate need of help and Seth Caleb who just screws with her; he gets called by other characters as either Seth or Caleb which can get confusing so beware. Johansen is a pro at fleshing out her characters to feel like real people with believable emotions, motivations, actions to the point you actually care what happens to them.

My only really big, annoying negative was she seemed to be watching too many X-Men movies because she was dishing out ‘special abilities’ like candy to more characters than was necessary. Sometimes it got a little out of hand to the point you were almost taken out of the story because the supernatural elements seemed a bit much for the genre this book is supposed to be in.

Due to her adept writing she’s even managed to turn Scotland into its own type of character. Be prepared to have your credit card waiting because by the time you get done reading this and taking a visual journey through Scotland thanks to her vivacious writing you’ll be wanting to travel there in person.

Occasionally a bit of dialogue or plot runs a bit long for my taste but overall she keeps the pace fast and desirable so you want to keep reading. If you’ve read enough of her books you know she’s got a good hand with danger, mystery, action and family/friendship roles and this novel continues with those themes.

If you’re a newcomer who is curious about her latest and don’t feel like reading 20+ books to get here it’s written decent enough that you can enjoy her style so hopefully you’ll end up going back to the starting point so her characters and their journey will have more meaning for you.

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to review this!

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