Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Blog Tour/Review: Mind Games by Stephanie Black



Mind Games, by Stephanie Black
2017, 312p, Clean Mystery/Suspense
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way



Psychologist Natalie Marsh’s dream is now reality: her mental health services clinic has opened and is housed in an elegant, newly renovated nineteenth-century building. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with the clinic’s presence, including Heather Osbourne, a troubled young woman who wholly objects to the occupation of the building. Heather has spent years wandering the halls of the abandoned structure, convinced she’s communing with her ancestor’s ghost. When Natalie thwarts Heather’s attempt to leap from a window, the shaken psychologist soon realizes Heather’s failed jump is merely one piece of a disturbing puzzle. Greed and deceit are weaving a web around Natalie, and someone will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get what they want. Stretched to her breaking point, Natalie struggles to learn the truth, but only one thing is clear: nothing is as it seems.

I loved the first book that featured Natalie Marsh (Not a Word--you can learn more about it here) and was excited to read more! This book did not disappoint. Once again, Natalie finds herself in the middle of a mystery, and needs to find out who is trying to shut down her mental health clinic. There are plenty of suspects and I had no idea who to trust (well, besides Natalie and Gideon). This book is full of every imaginable character--some I didn't think I could trust but could; some I thought I could trust but couldn't; and some that I knew weren't trustworthy from the beginning.

I loved the way the author built up the suspense and tied multiple storylines together in the end. I wasn't sure how it would end and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. There is a touch of romance, but if that's what you're looking for, you will be disappointed. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys clean suspense. I'm not sure if there will be more stories about Natalie Marsh (not sure how much more she could take before having a breakdown herself), but whatever Stephanie Black chooses to write, I will be reading it!


Stephanie Black has loved books since she was old enough to grab the pages, and has enjoyed creating make-believe adventures since she and her sisters were inventing long Barbie games filled with intrigue and danger or running around pretending to be detectives. She is a three-time Whitney Award winner for Best Mystery/Suspense, most recently for Cold as Ice (2010). Stephanie was born in Utah and has lived in various places, including Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, and Limerick, Ireland. She currently lives in northern California and enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and their five children. She is a fan of chocolate, cheesecake, and her husband’s homemade bread.


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1 comments:

Paij Slater said...

I love these kinds of books! Thanks for bringing it to my attention! Great review!

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