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First let me mention that Dark Mind is book 3 in the Emily Stone Series (Book 1 - Compulsion and Book 2 - Dead Game). I had not read books 1 and 2 when I read Dark Mind. Ms. Chase does a wonderful job at giving you the back story, so even though I had not read the first two it was still easy to follow. In Dark Mind, Emily Stone takes matters into her own hands when children are kidnapped and transported to Hawaii in a child sex trafficing ring. She and boyfriend Rick head to Hawaii on the hunt for the criminals. However, once in Hawaii, a serial killer strikes. Hoping to just catch a breather and have some time to think, Emily Stone finds herself, once again, in the middle of a nasty case. Everytime her and her partners think that they have a lead, the trail gets turned upside down again. Between guns, marajuana growers, old island men, and badged law enforcement, will Emily be able to solve the murders before she finds herself the next victim?
I appreciated the detail Ms. Chase went into describing the scenery and characters. I love to be able to see in my head what the characters and surroundings look like, and I did not find myself having to fill in the blanks. There are plenty of twists and turns in this book to keep you on your toes. Every time I thought I had the suspect nailed, the next thing would happen that would throw me off! Ms. Chase had been put on my "author's to watch" list to keep track of her new book releases. I will go back and read Compulsion and Dead Game, I am very interested to find out more about Emily Stone's back life. I'm sure I will follow those two up with a reread of Dark Mind.
Posted March 7, 2012
The rescue of a kidnapped child in Hawaii is just an introductory adventure in Jennifer Chase’s Dark Mind, another in her Emily Stone series. Slow-moving island police and slow-thinking FBI don’t seem to see the significance of a gruesome murder. Soon a serial killer’s on the loose but even that’s only one strand of this multi-directional tale.
An analyst’s attention to detail delineates each of the characters’ thoughts and actions through scenes both calm and tense, till fear washes “over Emily like a movie scene on fast forward…”—the scene carefully described. Wiser than regular police and FBI, this investigator knows where to step, how to escape, what to listen for and what to ignore. She’s shot at, misunderstood, flung from a cliff—Emily Stone certainly leads an exciting life.
Island cop Lani might struggle to catch up, but his instincts are good. Meanwhile lover Rick and close friend Jordan, both seasoned investigators, offer aid, while murderers, psychiatric patients, mystical old men and assorted criminals add to the cast.
Some odd word choices and heavily weighted details slow down this story, as does the urge to say “don’t go there” or “switch off your phone.” But the action’s well-imagined, the details are clear (even to a knife slipping into intestines) and glossary of Hawaiian words is a very enjoyable bonus. Made for TV perhaps rather than movie, Dark Mind has a strong female protagonist, lots of scenes of women in danger, and a prevailing darkness despite the exotic locale. By the end, most threads are neatly tied, while one retains the promise of more books to come.
Disclosure: I responded to the author’s request on Book Blogs and received a free ecopy to review.
Posted March 22, 2012
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