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May 23, 2024

Mind Games by Nora Roberts ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

A suspenseful new novel of tragedy and trauma, love and family, and the evil that awaits.

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book cover of suspense novel Mind Games by Nora Roberts
May 2024; St. Martin's Press; 978-1250289698
audio, ebook, print (432 pages); suspense

Every spring, Nora Roberts' fans can look forward to a fantastic suspense novel that is a standalone.  This spring is no exception and this year's novel will keep her readers rapidly turning pages as they read the terrifying new novel that's full of twists and turns and will keep her readers guessing until the end.  I read the book during a very short period of time because I was so involved with the characters and had to see how it ended.

Every June, the Fox family takes their two children, Thea and Rem, from their home in Virginia to visit their grandmother in Kentucky.  The parents then head home to have two weeks of life without children.  Grammie is an active woman who has her own business of making candles and soap and allows the children to have plenty of free time while they are there.  Both children look forward to their two weeks in Appalachia -- not just the clean air but spending time taking care of the animals on Grammie's farm is always exciting to them.  This year starts off the same as other years but after the parents get settled back in Virginia, they are murdered by a heartless criminal.  Because both Grammie and Thea have a special sight, they know immediately what has happened.  Thea has even seen enough that she is able to give the police information that helps them arrest the killer.  He is arrested and will spend the rest of his life in prison.  As Thea and Rem grow up, Thea realizes that the killer has the same sight as she does and he can communicate with her in their minds.  She has to work to deliberately block his evil and twisted thoughts.  The mental communication will eventually come to a showdown between them.

This book is full of suspense but it's also emotional in parts (yes, I cried).  I liked both Thea and Rem and I really liked their grandmother and the wisdom that she displayed and the great job that she did of raising two shattered children.  Along with all of these other pluses in the novel, there's also a romance in the latter half of the book that is sweet and uncomplicated.

This is a book that you don't want to miss.  Clear your calendar and find a comfy chair before you open the book.  You aren't going to want to put it down until the end!

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.

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