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Mind Games

Updated: May 21

By Nora Roberts

A Suspenseful and Imaginative Story



Thea Fox, 12, and her younger brother Rem, 10, are visiting their grandmother Lucy in the mountains of Kentucky. Each year, the kids spend the first two weeks of summer vacation in Redbud Hollow, helping their grandmother take care of the farm and make candles.

One night, Thea and Lucy wake up from a terrible nightmare They both instantly realize that something horrific has happened to the kid’s parents. Thea and Lucy, share the ability to see into the minds of people around them.

In her nightmare, Thea saw the murder of her parents as it was happening hundreds of miles away in Virginia, but she was helpless to stop it.  She saw the murderer as he broke into the back door and climbed the stairs to the master bedroom. She saw his face and will never be able to forget that awful night.  Even though the murderer now wastes away in a supermax prison, Thea can still hear his hateful thoughts and his desire to escape prison and find her.  The deranged murderer has the same gift of vision as Thea.  They both have the ability to get into each other's heads through their thoughts and dreams and mental battles ensue.


MIND GAMES is a poignant, thoughtful, and moving story by the renowned author Nora Roberts, who is known for her clever storytelling. The ending will leave you cheering for more.

Roberts's writing is full of suspense, imagination, and hopefulness. The narrative follows Thea, an ordinary girl, on her journey to adulthood and the extraordinary things she does along the way. Thea is a strong and brave and evolving character with remarkable resilience and determination. Her battles of wits with her nemesis are captivating.

The setting of Rosebud Hollow and Grammie's farm is delightfully atmospheric. What a perfect place to grow up. Finally, we have a book that portrays Appalachia and Kentucky in a positive light.

What I love most about MIND GAMES is that I haven't read a Nora Roberts book in many years, but I decided to give this one a try since it was available as an audiobook. I was pleasantly surprised by the breadth and quality of the story. It's a fascinating blend of family drama, murder, suspense, grief, paranormal elements, and romance.

The fantastic January Lavoy does an impeccable job narrating MIND GAMES. Her performance is outstanding, with flawless pacing, emotion, and tone.

I would like to express my gratitude to Netgalley and Macmillan Audio for providing me an advance copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Publisher    Macmillan Audio

Published   May 21, 2024

Narrated     January LaVoy

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