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Mind Games

Mind Games, June 2024
by Nora Roberts

St. Martin's Press
352 pages
ISBN: 1250289696
EAN: 9781250289698
Kindle: B0CGRYWVJD
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"The Silent Killer"

Fresh Fiction Review

Mind Games
Nora Roberts

Reviewed by Bharti C
Posted May 21, 2024

Romance Suspense

MIND GAMES is bestselling author Nora Roberts' latest. We follow Thea's story in this one and her constant tug of war, the one which involves her mind more than the physical, with her parents' killer. 

Thea's life changes direction when she and her sibling Rem, are in a small hillside town in Kentucky, on summer vacation with their grandmother. While they are on a two-week vacation their parents are in Virginia and halfway through the vacation they are murdered in their home. This incident means the siblings stay put with their grandmother and vow never to return to their home in Virginia. Their pain and grief gradually slows to a dull ache as they build their lives in Kentucky. 

As the siblings grow up they share a close-knit bond and their grandmother and their uncles too. All the while they are growing up, once in their adulthood it is Thea who has the killer scratching at the back of her mind. What started with her parents' murder still has repercussions in her life even after she's grown up has a successful career and is on the verge of starting a new relationship. 

The MIND GAMES are between Thea and the killer, I'm not going to spoil how exactly that happens, but it is very interesting and hooks you in. Every time she and the killer face each other it is thrilling to watch how Thea handles herself and pushes back. While their conversations soon become familiar I got a bit surprised every time, with the way Thea manages it and how it affects her life. 

 

I was pulled in right from page 1. The author builds up the story brilliantly and the ending was so fitting and tied up well with how Thea's character develops in the story. There are elements of psychic to put it in simple terms and the story has enough warmth despite the danger and grief its characters go through. 

A mix of family bonds, strong characters, some delicious chemistry and romance between Thea and Ty, cute kids and pets are paired nicely with the mind games side of the story. The cute, mundane family life against the demons that trouble us in life makes MIND GAMES an exciting read for me.

I finished reading it in a day and rarely do we come across books with a wholesome reading experience with a little bit of everything that life has to offer. If this is something you are looking for, do pick up this latest Nora Roberts for an exciting reading time.

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SUMMARY

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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