5/5, puchased book, Urban Fantasy

Review: MIND GAMES by Carolyn Crane

439337931From the back of the book:

JUSTINE KNOWS SHE’S GOING TO DIE. ANY SECOND NOW.

Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-on-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hand-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem.

Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness – only to discover a reality more frightening than any one’s worst fears.

This book wasn’t what I was expecting…in a good way. From the cover (yes, I judge a lot of books by the cover) I imagined that this book would be darker than it was. Justine is hilarious! I wasn’t sure how a hypochondriac would work as the heroine, but Ms. Crane makes it work. MIND GAMES has a feel of a comic book type story. The characters aren’t really superheroes, but they do have special enhancements that enable them to do something extra. The world of MIND GAMES is incredibly well written and detailed. It is a world where crime has taken over and most people live in fear of theft or injury.

MIND GAMES is written in first person and present tense. Usually I wouldn’t enjoy a book written in first person. I like to know what’s going on in everyone’s head. But it really worked for this book. Justine is definitely the main character and we really only need her point of view. Justine’s relationships with the men in the book are interesting. I loved how she gets a happy-for-now ending that feels right for where she is in her person journey. I’m not sure if I want her to end up with Packard or Otto, both men are good and bad in their own way. The first person point of view allows the reader to have the same amount of information on both men that Justine has, so the reader can’t really know who is the better man. I really like the mystery.

I’ve already started reading the next book, DOUBLE CROSS, and am loving it just as much as I loved MIND GAMES.

the book girl gives MIND GAMES a 5/5!

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6 Comments

  1. Babs

    Thanks for this review…sounds like the books was not what I was expecting. I wasn’t going to read it but I think I’ll try it out!

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