Wednesday, 19 May 2010

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Mind Games - Carolyn Crane



Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem.

Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness—only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.


I’m one of these people that loves to hear of new authors prior to their release as it gives me a chance to view the title without any prejudice. What occurs within this offering by Carolyn is an Urban Fantasy that lurks within the darker side of the genre. Its beautifully written but what makes this title so engrossing is the neuroses of the principle protagonista who fights not only against her panic attacks but the feelings that grow within as the tale progresses. A great offering and one that will make a few people sit up and pay attention as its characters just keep you glued to the last page.

1 comment:

Angela Addams said...

Oh, I like the sound of this one too!