Mind Game by Iris Johansen

Mind Game

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a new explosive thriller.Mind Game takes Jane MacGuire back to Scotland where she continues her search for the treasure she’s been chasing for years. But now she’s being plagued by dreams of a girl in danger. Who is this girl, and what is she trying to tell Jane? And will Jane figure it out before it’s too late—for her an...

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  • Vicky

    Cira is back! That is Cira not Cara. Well, Cara is back too, but only for a short while. For those of you not familiar with Cira, she was a slave girl turned actress during the times of Ancient Rome. She was also a real life person in the dreams of modern day Jane McGuire. Cira was introduced in the fifth book of the series,

    , when Jane was an adolescent and found that she had the ability to see into the past life of Cira through her dreams. McGuire also found that Cira had hidden awa

    Cira is back! That is Cira not Cara. Well, Cara is back too, but only for a short while. For those of you not familiar with Cira, she was a slave girl turned actress during the times of Ancient Rome. She was also a real life person in the dreams of modern day Jane McGuire. Cira was introduced in the fifth book of the series,

    , when Jane was an adolescent and found that she had the ability to see into the past life of Cira through her dreams. McGuire also found that Cira had hidden away a massive treasure in Scotland on what is now the property of Angus MacDuff which was the focus in the sixth novel of the series,

    . MacDuff has been searching for that treasure for some time and over several novels. Well, he is back at it again in

    and this time he has help from Cira through Jane McGuire. So maybe, just maybe, MacDuff will find his treasure.

    Dreams about Cira are not the only dreams that Jane is having, she is also dreaming about someone else and that person has a connection to Seth Caleb. Seth Caleb is this quasi-vampire like character that was introduced to the series in the ninth book of the series,

    . Seth has had his eyes on Jane for some time, but McGuire has had this teasing relationship with him. She wants to be with him, but at the same time she doesn’t. In

    , Jane finds that Seth has a vulnerability and, of course, women like it when strong men show they can be vulnerable. So is this the thing that will get McGuire to say yes to Caleb? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

    Even though this is an Eve Duncan book, Eve has taken a back seat on this one, but she is not gone. In fact, Eve is planning a big event that will be the highlight in

    . Those that have read the previous book in the series,

    , knows that Duncan is about to give birth to a baby boy which she named Michael. In

    , the baby has not only been born but is now a toddler at the age of two. I mentioned in

    that Michael seemed to be

    and he is starting to show how special in

    .

    The Eve Duncan series is my trashy novel indulgence which I hate to love, but yes, I do love it. I look forward to the next novel to see what spectacular new character that Johansen cooks up. Ghosts, vampires, and a character that can mind meld with animals are all there. So what will be next? I guess we will get to find out soon as the next novel,

    , is expected to be released next April.

    I would like to thank NetGalley for my Advance Reader Copy of

    .

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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    The

    series is a new favorite of mine. MIND GAME is book 22 in the series and pulls focuses to Jane MacGuire and Seth Caleb. I love when Iris Johansen lets other characters take the front seat for a book, allowing Eve enough time to breathe.

  • Jessica Robbins

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  • Maureen Carden

    Twenty-two books in and finally we have a....no, I'm not telling. But there could be several ways to finish that sentence and all could be right. Could be, because frankly, my dear, Johansen is never in any hurry to end a good story line. Even though she is expert at adding new lines that just, well…hear that giant sucking noise? That's me being sucked back in and enjoying every moment.

    This is mostly Jane Macguire’s book. Eve and Joe’s adopted daughter all growed (sic) up. She is back in Scotlan

    Twenty-two books in and finally we have a....no, I'm not telling. But there could be several ways to finish that sentence and all could be right. Could be, because frankly, my dear, Johansen is never in any hurry to end a good story line. Even though she is expert at adding new lines that just, well…hear that giant sucking noise? That's me being sucked back in and enjoying every moment.

    This is mostly Jane Macguire’s book. Eve and Joe’s adopted daughter all growed (sic) up. She is back in Scotland helping to find Cira’s treasure.

    But she is also being bothered by a pesky young woman demanding her help.

    Only this pest is reaching out to Jane through her drawings and dreams. Jane would like to help her since she seems to be in dire straits, but she is not giving Jane much to go on.

    Jane receives some clarity when Seth Caleb shows up. Because that is what Seth does, clarifies everything. Okay, I’m lying because he just messes with Jane’s head.

    The locales and the trips back in the dark mists of time (literally dark mists) are fascinating. It’s hard not to want to book a trip to Scotland after you finish this book.

    The characters are all beautiful, intelligent, with amazing talents, and some with mysterious powers. Despite all of those negatives, it’s easy to care about these characters. They all have great heart and it’s been great to watch their journey through the years. Not a problem for first time readers, it’s easy to figure out a who’s who.

    Occasionally the writing, especially when family members or friends have heart to heart talks gets a bit mawkish, bogs down a usually fast paced story.

    With Johansen we know what to expect, family, danger, intrigue, sex and maybe hints of new story lines. Nothing wrong with this, it’s why we follow beloved authors. For newcomers to the author, there is nothing wrong with starting here and then going back to earlier books. This is a great series, with other series branching out from the original Eve Duncan books. I’m already looking forward to the book following this one.

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest and fair review.

  • Jill

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway, thanks to St. Martin's Press and Goodreads for the opportunity. This book is part of a series of Eve Duncan novels of which I had read a couple of the books years ago, but this one focused on a different character, Jane MacGuire. It was interesting in the beginning with Jane's dreams and drawings of the girl in danger, but then lost me about halfway through with her trip to Scotland and Seth Caleb. It wasn't the engaging murder mystery I expe

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway, thanks to St. Martin's Press and Goodreads for the opportunity. This book is part of a series of Eve Duncan novels of which I had read a couple of the books years ago, but this one focused on a different character, Jane MacGuire. It was interesting in the beginning with Jane's dreams and drawings of the girl in danger, but then lost me about halfway through with her trip to Scotland and Seth Caleb. It wasn't the engaging murder mystery I expected and I didn't care for paranormal aspect of it. It was a challenge for me to get to the end.

  • Emma

    Just what I needed to get out of my reading slump, an afternoon spent with these characters I know so well and totally adore.

    For long time readers, this is the book you've been waiting for. The usual romance, danger, and deadly skills mixed with some surprising revelations and such a satisfying ending. So much of the book's effect is in the build up of history, the deep and often complicated relationships between the characters, and the ways in which they all come together in this instalment. A

    Just what I needed to get out of my reading slump, an afternoon spent with these characters I know so well and totally adore.

    For long time readers, this is the book you've been waiting for. The usual romance, danger, and deadly skills mixed with some surprising revelations and such a satisfying ending. So much of the book's effect is in the build up of history, the deep and often complicated relationships between the characters, and the ways in which they all come together in this instalment. As always, perils abound, but the reason I come back to this series is the rosy warmth given by the everlasting family bonds, friendships, and love the characters share. It might be unrealistic at times (most of the time), but who cares? Sometimes you just need the kind of boost this book provides.

    Plus, who wouldn't want some of these fun 'talents' Johansen's people always display. I could do with a bit of Seth Caleb's skill, that's for sure...

    ARC via Netgalley.

  • Carrie

    Jane MacGuire has begun to be plagued by dreams of a girl that she feels that she should know but just can't quite grasp who this is that has been visiting her night after night. Jane does know one thing however and that is she feels this girl is in some kind of trouble and needs Jane's help. Drawing out the scenes of what she's seen in her dreams of the girl and her surroundings Jane is determined to find out just who the girl is and what she needs.

    As Jane starts out on her quest to find the m

    Jane MacGuire has begun to be plagued by dreams of a girl that she feels that she should know but just can't quite grasp who this is that has been visiting her night after night. Jane does know one thing however and that is she feels this girl is in some kind of trouble and needs Jane's help. Drawing out the scenes of what she's seen in her dreams of the girl and her surroundings Jane is determined to find out just who the girl is and what she needs.

    As Jane starts out on her quest to find the mysterious young woman that has somehow connected with her she finds herself meeting up with Seth Caleb yet again. This time Seth is the one in trouble and needing Jane's help and he knows just who Jane's mystery woman is. The pair find themselves working together to figure it all out before it’s too late.

    Mind Game by Iris Johansen is the twenty second book in the Eve Duncan series. The series in a highly intense thrill ride with each installment from start to finish with the added element of supernatural/paranormal touch to each book with characters having some sort of ability. Eve herself was a forensic sculptor that could actually communicate with the dead. While Eve Duncan is involved a bit in this installment of the series she has become more of a background character and Jane has jumped to the forefront of the story with her abilities.

    I jumped into this series rather late myself several books ago but have gotten to know the characters and how the stories work since I've joined and this one is no exception. There's always plenty of fast paced action with plenty of danger while you may have some romance on the side along with that touch of supernatural which ends up being a rather interesting tale each time from start to finish. I kind of missed having Eve at the forefront this time but was satisfied with her involvement and overall thought this was a solid addition to the series.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Aisling

    Meh. Sorry long time fans of this series but meh is all I can give. Johansen can pull a reader along but this one gets a little silly with all the psychic powers. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for believing. Usually Johansen's writing can get you to swallow anything but this time I found much of the dialogue repetitive and simplistic. That detracted enormously from the otherwise interesting and at times downright exciting plot. I spent most of the book rolling my eyes at, well, everyone. But I

    Meh. Sorry long time fans of this series but meh is all I can give. Johansen can pull a reader along but this one gets a little silly with all the psychic powers. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for believing. Usually Johansen's writing can get you to swallow anything but this time I found much of the dialogue repetitive and simplistic. That detracted enormously from the otherwise interesting and at times downright exciting plot. I spent most of the book rolling my eyes at, well, everyone. But I still kept reading.

  • Erin Cataldi

    Mistake number one - reading the 22nd book in a series, when I have never read anything by this author, let alone anything in this series. Mistake number two - failing to realize how poor of a writer Iris Johansen is before I started reading this. Just because someone is a New York Times bestselling authors with millions of book sold does not guarantee they will know how to write. Mistake number three - reading and completing this book. It was utter tripe. I have such contempt for this book that

    Mistake number one - reading the 22nd book in a series, when I have never read anything by this author, let alone anything in this series. Mistake number two - failing to realize how poor of a writer Iris Johansen is before I started reading this. Just because someone is a New York Times bestselling authors with millions of book sold does not guarantee they will know how to write. Mistake number three - reading and completing this book. It was utter tripe. I have such contempt for this book that I don't even want to bother with the summary. There was like twenty different things happening and none of them were very connected. Also, I had no idea that this was a supernatural series. The characters were flat, the writing was crap, and the plot was.... whack. Also according to Amazon the word "drily" was used 31 times. That is 30 times too many. Avoid this book.

  • Theresa Alan

    If you need everything explained to you because you have no critical thinking skills and don’t mind crappy writing, this is the book for you! Johansen writes a lot of stuff in dialogue that should be exposition. What I mean by this is, when two people are having a discussion in which they know the background but the reader doesn’t yet, they don’t have to explain things to each other, but the author has to let the reader know, ideally in a far more adept fashion. This is some of the worst dialogu

    If you need everything explained to you because you have no critical thinking skills and don’t mind crappy writing, this is the book for you! Johansen writes a lot of stuff in dialogue that should be exposition. What I mean by this is, when two people are having a discussion in which they know the background but the reader doesn’t yet, they don’t have to explain things to each other, but the author has to let the reader know, ideally in a far more adept fashion. This is some of the worst dialogue I’ve read in a long time. She also does that thing where she has only two people in the conversation, and yet they feel the need to address each other by their first names all the time, which never happens in real life. “Good night, Jane.” “Good night, Eve.”

    If you like simplistic writing, you may be able to get through this.

    Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book and discover an author I never need to squander my time on.

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