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Mind Games

Mind Games, June 2024
by Nora Roberts

St. Martin's Press
352 pages
ISBN: 1250289696
EAN: 9781250289698
Hardcover / e-Book / audiobook
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"An emotional family saga full of love, loss and finding yourself."

Fresh Fiction Review

Mind Games
Nora Roberts

Reviewed by Rosie B
Posted May 19, 2024

Romance Suspense

Twelve-year-old Thea Fox loves June because it means she gets to spend two weeks with her grandmother in the Appalachia region. When her parents drop her and her brother off, she’s ready to help her Grammie milk the goat, bake fresh bread, and make candles and soaps for her Grammie’s business. A nightmare quickly changes everything though. Thea dreamed about her parents being killed only to discover her grandmother dreamt the same thing. Sharing this special gift of vision with her Grammie brings them closer as they deal with the aftermath of the brutal murders.


Thanks to Thea’s vision, her parents’ killer will spend the rest of his life in prison while she and her brother are now staying with their Grammie in Redbud Hollow. As life goes on, Thea grows as does her gift; a gift that keeps her linked to the man who changed her life. His hatred for Thea is making him stronger and keeping him out of her head is getting harder and harder for Thea. When Thea finds love, she knows that to truly be free, she’s going to have to confront the monster in her head, but only one can survive.


You need to have a box of tissues with you when you start reading MIND GAMES. My eyes were like leaky faucets for the first 10 chapters of this book. No one evokes emotions the way Nora Roberts does. Reading her books is like being on an emotional rollercoaster. From the endorphin-filled highs of finding love to the sorrow-filled lows of losing your parents in such a violent way, you’ll experience it all. The romance took a bit of a back seat in this one as the focal point was Thea and her transition from a twelve-year-old orphan to a successful video game designer. The love interest doesn’t even show up until just before the 50% mark of the story.


Roberts typically does a great job of building up secondary characters but because Thea, her gift, and her connection with the man who murdered her parents are focused on so much, I feel like, aside from Grammie, we missed out on the secondary character development we have come to enjoy from her. Thea's best friend didn’t factor into the story much and even her brother, I felt, took more of a backseat than what I’ve come to expect. But this is still a Nora Roberts book and once you dive in, there’s no coming back up until you’re at the end. MIND GAMES takes you on a family’s emotional journey as they overcome the tragedy that shapes their lives and create strong bonds amongst themselves.

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The #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Identity presents a suspenseful new novel of tragedy and trauma, love and family, and the evil that awaits.

As they do each June, the Foxes have driven the winding roads of Appalachia to drop off their children for a two-week stay at their grandmother’s. Here, twelve-year-old Thea can run free and breathe in the smells of pine and fresh bread and Grammie’s handmade candles. But as her parents head back to suburban Virginia, they have no idea they’re about to cross paths with a ticking time bomb.

Back in Kentucky, Thea and her grandmother Lucy both awaken from the same nightmare. And though the two have never discussed the special kind of sight they share, they know as soon as their tearful eyes meet that something terrible has happened.

The kids will be staying with Grammie now in Redbud Hollow, and thanks to Thea’s vision, their parents’ killer will spend his life in supermax. Over time, Thea will make friends, build a career, find love. But that ability to see into minds and souls still lurks within her, and though Grammie calls it a gift, it feels more like a curse—because the inmate who shattered her childhood has the same ability. Thea can hear his twisted thoughts and witness his evil acts from miles away. He knows it, and hungers for vengeance. A long, silent battle will be waged between them—and eventually bring them face to face, and head to head…

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