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Mind Games

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After a difficult youth, David Carter had become an excellent journalist for the Guardian. Whilst working full-time, he met a young woman named Susan, and they were preparing to get married. When David was born, he had epilepsy, and as he was growing up, many people tormented him because of this condition. He had wonderful family support when he was a child and as he grew up through school and college. Eventually his life settled down, and he studied for a career in journalism. After many years of health ...
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After a difficult youth, David Carter had become an excellent journalist for the Guardian. Whilst working full-time, he met a young woman named Susan, and they were preparing to get married. When David was born, he had epilepsy, and as he was growing up, many people tormented him because of this condition. He had wonderful family support when he was a child and as he grew up through school and college. Eventually his life settled down, and he studied for a career in journalism. After many years of health difficulties, his dream came true, and at last everything in his life appeared calm and tranquil.

One day near Easter, David's brother, Matthew, asked him if he would like to go for a weekend with him in Cardiff, having already booked the rooms at a bed and breakfast. During their weekend, it was revealed that David had been adopted when he was just three and a half years old. David was horrified, and though he did not want to, he felt that it was his duty as an undercover journalist to find out more about his real mother.

He found his mother living in a small flat in Milton Keynes, and though she does not want to speak with him, he forces his way in; there she reveals more about his real upbringing. The news horrified David even more and turned his settled life upside-down, confused him, and aggravated his epilepsy.

His life changed yet again when he was involved in a car crash. Some people believed he'd suffered an epileptic attack at the steering wheel, but there was no evidence to prove this. He was taken to hospital seriously injured and in a coma; he remained there for several months until eventually he slowly opened his eyes and began his recovery.
Again he seemed a changed man, only wanting to live a life of peace and love with everybody. This change amazed and delighted Susan, and they made final preparations for their wedding and a new beginning.

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After discovering he's adopted, an epileptic, soon-to-be-married journalist clashes with his brother in Payne's novel. David Carter, a journalist for the Guardian, suffers from epilepsy. Engaged and living with his fiancée, Susan, David doesn't always see eye to eye with his brother, Matthew, but he enjoys the company of his brother's children. David's epilepsy is a source of frustration in his life, as is his overbearing boss and his mother and father's lavish family parties. On a train trip to Cardiff, Wales, Matthew is provoked by David, so he finally reveals that David is adopted. Being a journalist, David can't help but attempt to find his real mother, Elizabeth. He discovers she's in poor health and, during her prostitution days, was once involved with David's father, a violent criminal. Heartbroken, David's epilepsy becomes worse; he has strange dreams and frequently falls asleep in public. Finally, David has an ominous dream involving his brother, which comes to fruition. Payne opens the book with a synopsis that summarizes the entire story and introduces the bare-bones style of writing. Strangely--perhaps to plant the question of whether the author is in fact playing "mind games" with the reader--the synopsis references a car crash in which David is said to have had an epileptic attack that landed him in the hospital for several months; yet this plot point is never mentioned again in the story. The stiff dialogue can feel forced at times: Susan says to David, "Don't let Elizabeth's character defeat you. Remember who you are and your real status in society, as a well-known and popular journalist." The characters' one-dimensional emotions reinforce the book's flat, third-person delivery, particularly with David's unjustifiably angry and loud outbursts. A life-changing revelation, but the emotional struggle isn't engaging.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477218785
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 7/20/2012
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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