Justine Jones is a hypochondriac who has spent her life paralyzed by fear that a blood vessel will burst in her brain and kill her. Especially since her mother died of that very thing. When she meets handsome, charismatic, Sterling Packard, he promises her a freedom from fear that she never thought she’d have.Packard is a highcap, one of a special group of people that have mutations that have gifted them with certain powers of the mind. Packard has the ability to see deep within a person, and in Justine, he not only sees the person she could be, if freed from fear, but also a powerful ally and pawn in a plan that involves some of the worst criminals Midcity has ever seen.
Justine starts off as an insecure woman paralyzed by fear. After meeting Packard and being recruited into his group of Disillusionists, she finds strength and confidence she never knew she had. The Disillusionists are charged with taking their fear and pushing it outward onto the criminal, effectively “rebooting” them and causing complete reform. Justine will have to battle her growing attraction to Packard while discovering her newfound powers. When she meets Chief Otto Sanchez, her sense of what is real and fantasy is blurred, and she finds herself having to make a choice that could alter the course of her life forever.This was one of the most unusual and entertaining urban fantasies that I’ve read in a long time. It’s obvious the author did her research, and the dark heart of a hypochondriac’s mind is a fascinating and terrifying place. Justine frustrated me at times, but that was only because she is a complex character, and was frequently conflicted in her decisions. Ms. Crane takes us on quite a ride with Justine! Sexy, always exciting, terrifying at times, and tons of fun, Mind Games is a great read! Keep an eye out for my review of Double Cross, the next in the series!
About the author
CAROLYN CRANE lives in Minneapolis with her handsome husband and two daring cats. She enjoys reading and running and loves animals of all kinds. For more than a decade she’s made her living as a freelance writer. This is her first novel, and the first book in The Disillusionists Trilogy.