Friday, April 16, 2010

Review: Mind Games by Carolyn Crane

I read several other reviews before I read this book, and they all said something like "Wow, I loved this book. It's such a unique twist!" and I thought, Hmmm...what could be so unique? Well, I hate to sound like a broken record, but it really is different. It's an incredible read with an unusual premise. And I don't quite know how to review it without giving it all away, but I'm going to do my bestest.

Justine Jones is at a good place in her life, if you don't count the fact that she's dying. Or at least, she thinks she is. You see, she's a hypochondriac. She imagines she can feel the symptoms, becomes convinced she's dying, seeks medical care until she's reassured she's not dying, and then she imagines she's having the symptoms again. She knows it's a cycle, and yet she can't break it. While having dinner at Mongolian Delights, she meets the mysterious Packard, who sees what she is and offers a way to escape the ''zinging" her fears into criminals, rendering them unable to function normally due to the debilitating worries of hypochondria.

I loved this book! Justine and her fellow disillusionists were all imperfect people trying to make the world a better place. Using their various neruoses to fight crime was a brilliant and unexpected take on traditional vigilante crime-fighting. I enjoyed the camaraderie between Justine and her new friends, Justine and the criminals (surprisingly), and the many layered relationship between Justine and Packard. Packard's situation was...interesting. The bigger story behind it kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what Justine would do.

Several times I wanted to shake the book and yell "No, Justine, No!!!" ,"Be careful!!" and "OMG!!!" The end of the book, while not a cliffhanger per se, definitely left me wanting more. I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy, Double Cross, which comes out September 28.

I give Mind Games 5 out of 5 stars; this one's going onto the keeper shelf!


  1. It's always a good sign when you get that involved in the story!

  2. Patti,

    I'm glad you enjoyed Mind Games - great review. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  3. I can not stop gushing about this book. I'm so glad you liked it. What did you think of the ending?

  4. Great review Patti. I've been wanting to get this book but wasn't sure until now! :)

  5. Chris: Oh yes, I really liked Justine.

    Michelle: Thanks!

    Buckeye Girl: The ending makes me what to know what's next for Packard & Co. It's going to be interesting...

    Hilda: Thanks! I hope you like it!

  6. Killing me here Patti, you are making it sound so excellent :D

  7. WOW sounds like you really enjoyed this one! Going on my list! :o)

  8. Blodeuedd: It was excellent!

    Monroe: I did enjoy it; it was interesting and kept my attention.

    Smokinhotbooks: That hot tub scene really surprised me!

  9. I just finished this book this morning. You did a great job of summing up the premise without giving anything away! And I loved it too. It was unique, well written, and I can't wait for book 2 as well!!!!!

  10. Wait, there's a hot tub scene??? Hmmm.....I wasn't aware of that tantalizing bit... *wink*

    I have this book. Its in the TBR and so far I'm lovin' all the love and the incredible promise of this book but I'm scared too. What I don't feel the same way??? Oh well, I'll be reading it soon and we'll just have to find out what my reader heart says.

    Thanks for the great review, Patti!

    Hugs, VFG

  11. Hey guess what? This book is different! LOL

    I loved it! Packard is about this close to being put on my boyfriend list..I just gotta see the goods..know what I'm sayin? HA.

  12. Christine: thanks, it was hard not to give it all away!

    VFG: I do that too, the stuff I keep in my TBR the longest ends up being the stuff I love!

    Mandi: I know! I kept flipping about putting him on my boyfriend list but decided I hadn't gotten enough of him yet!

  13. I'm way late but just wanted to say I loved it! Great review. I wanted to shake Justine a few times during the book as well! lol