Thursday, October 19, 2017

ARC Review: Mind Game by Iris Johansen

Mind Game
Author: Iris Johansen
Publication: St. Martin's Press (October 24, 2017)

Description: With Iris Johansen’s trademark adventure, intrigue, and explosive energy, Mind Game is a propulsive thriller that’s impossible to put down.

Scotland holds a treasure that Jane MacGuire has been hunting for years. But as she scours the highlands in search of it, she’s plagued by dreams of a girl in danger―dreams she can’t ignore no matter how hard she tries. 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 and the mysterious young woman?

Things are further complicated when Seth Caleb comes back into Jane’s life. Their history is volatile to say the least. This time Jane finds herself pulled unexpectedly into his world as she fights to save him. But Caleb isn’t the only person sweeping her up into startling developments. When Eve Duncan surprises Jane with news of her own, Jane comes face to face with stunning changes in the lives of those she loves most.

My Thoughts: This 22nd book in the Eve Duncan series seemed to bring a number of long-running plot threads to a conclusion. It begins with Jane having dreams about a young woman in danger. She goes to Joe to help her find out who the girl is. Then Seth Caleb comes back into Jane's life and throws it into confusion again. She and Seth have a very difficult relationship. Seth is one person that Jane really doesn't understand but who fascinates her too.

Things are also moving along in Scotland in the hunt for Cira's lost treasure. Additional visions from Cira help Jane know where to hunt. MacDuff is still looking for a technological solution to pierce the fog that covers the lake where the treasure is hidden.

Eve also makes a decision that also will bring lots of changes and leads to a reunion with many of the characters from earlier novels in this series. Fans of the series won't want to miss this latest (but not final) episode.

The story has a lot of suspense. Between rescuing Lisa, figuring out who wanted to kidnap her, and why Jane is also kidnapped, the action is frequent and harrowing. I liked that Jane and Seth are getting to know each other better. Seth's backstory explains a lot about his actions and his views.

I have been reading this series from the earliest days and have only missed a few books. The books are compelling suspense novels and filled with characters who have various psychic gifts. I find the dialog to be different from many other stories. Sometimes the conversations feel like shorthand or that the characters are talking in code.

Fans of the series won't want to miss this one.

Favorite Quote:
"I yield to your vast expertise on the subject," she said, interrupting Lisa. "You're right: I'm merely a sister who sees qualities in him because I'm besotted."

"You're making fun of me," Lisa said. "Okay, my mother used to tell me I saw things in Seth that weren't there, either. She was wrong. It doesn't matter. It's going to be a wonderful portrait anyway."

"Thank you. Then you won't mind if I continue to see him from the heart and not the mind."
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.


  1. Hi Kathy! This is another one I want to read, which I found here. Thank you :)

  2. Sounds like I need to make it a priority to get this one read. I've been with the series from the beginning too, having missed just a couple.


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