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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Rebecca McKenney grieved the loss of her daughter for three years. Now, a vision showing Sabrina three years older, suggests her baby is still alive, and the FBI agent who gave up the search is the only one who can help find her. Special Agent Dan Cooper is haunted by a tragic mistake made early in the investigation of Sabrina's disappearance. Now to ease his conscience he ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Museitup Publishing
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Midu Hadi
Dec 07, 2011 Midu Hadi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers who like suspense+ paranormal
I got this book to read and review from Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! I just want to start by saying I liked this book a lot. It was like a breath of fresh air. But I had some problems with the way the author sprung things on us. I just started reading when I was plunged into a vision. The romance between the main characters came the same way. The Indian spirit, Bree's powers, Carrie's abilities-they all left me reeling. The other issue I had was the lack of detail on Dan's te ...more
Nicole
Dec 10, 2011 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Nicole by: Read to review
This was a great read, very enjoyable.

It is an adult book, while not explicit it does contain scenes with adult material. It is not my typical genre, while I would say it had paranormal elements I do wish that was explored more since that is what I typically read. This story was an action packed mystery/thriller.

Rebecca is a mother who's daughter Bree was kidnapped three years ago. Obviously distraught that nothing seems to be happening with her case. Then an old physic ability comes back and s
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Melanie
4-4.5 stars.

I really liked this book. The first in a new series of paranormal romantic suspense by S.J. Clarke, 'Mind Over Matter' was well written and unfolded at a great pace. I particularly enjoyed how different points of view were introduced as the story progressed.

Set in a small town outside of Phoenix, Arizona, we first meet Rebecca, a grieving mother whose daughter has been missing for three years. Rebecca, understandably, is emotionally fragile and refuses to accept the possibility that
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Dec 07, 2011 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: R2R
Shelves: reviewed
I received this book as a part of Read 2 Review.

This story happens to be in the genre I love the most, mystery and thriller. It was a little of each with what I would say had a dash of paranormal to spice it up. As a crime/police procedural/mystery/thriller enthusiast, I would have to say this book was a little predicable to me. However with that said, I still enjoyed it.

I find a lot of time I have a problem with the development of romance in indie novels. This story edged the borders of that f
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Tana
Mind Over Matter is a story about a woman named Rebecca McKenney , we find out fast that Rebecca is grieving the loss of her daughter Sabrina who was abducted 3 years ago and is still missing. She knows people in her small town think she should admit defeat and come to the realization that Sabrina is most likely dead, Rebecca knows her daughter is alive.

Having breakfast at a local restaurant one morning she sees a picture on a milk carton of a missing girl seeing this is a catalyst that brings
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Ananda
I really had no expectations from this book since this is Mrs S.J. Clarke's debut novel. All I really knew was that the book contains paranormal elements. But, now after reading it, I have to say I'm impressed!
The book is actually mystery/thriller with a bit of paranormal and it's a very enjoyable fast paced read. The story follows Rebecca, who's daughter disappeared three years ago,but she is starting to have strong visions that will lead her to many discoveries. Dan Cooper, former FBI agent w
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Jacqueline
I enjoyed this book in general. The story was interesting and kept me reading. There were a few spots where I felt the scene changes were too abrupt and a few spots where the characters made intuitive leaps that I didn't quite buy into.

I liked that the H and h had known and been attracted to each other before (at the start of the investigation 3 years before) so that their developing relationship didn't seem to be happening too fast. However, I thought that the thing that broke them up 2/3rds o
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Tuğçe Sevin
3,5 stars

I must say I am not a mystery/thriller fan, especially I can't stand the ones with a perfect hero, cardboard characters and a cliche plot where in the end everything is HEA. But this was nothing like that, these characters were really strong and well developed. I easily felt the struggles and pain of Rebecca which hooked me up immediately. I am a goner for character driven plots.

Rebecca lost Bree, her daughter, three years ago and there was no trace of her. Dan was the FBI agent in the
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Beverly
My Thoughts:
Wow! I loved this book. A mother's worst nightmare is a kidnapped child. As a single mother I was on the edge of my seat for the entire book. Well-written with wonderful characters, a chilling plot, lost love, betrayal on a number of levels, and a little bit of romance too!

The author has created a world in which Rebecca has isolated herself and her grief. A world where she struggles to stay focused on the present and not dwell too much on the past. She has few friends, a lot of anger
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Yianna Yiannacou
The moment I started this book I could tell it was going to be good. Rebecca McKenney, a mourning mother, had never given up even three years after her daughter had been kidnapped. After a surprise vision showing her daughter was still alive brought back hope that she could find her for good this time. With the investigated help of Dan Cooper they set out to find Sabrina. The book was well written. I liked the Twilight reference. I found myself smiling at that. But, unfortunately, I felt that th ...more
Phaedra Seabolt
This story really gave me a lot to think about in the beginning. At the start, you are faced with Rebecca, a mother who lost her daughter three years ago, approximately. She was going through the motions of life, living as if her daughter were with her, but always reminded of her absence. She stayed in contact with all the authorities in order to keep the hope alive that some day she would be reunited with Sabrina (also called Bree). I was a little confused at first because she switched back and ...more
Jaclyn Cotton
Review: Mind Over Matter by S.J. Clarke
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Mind Over Matter by S.J. Clarke is about a divorced woman whose daughter, Sabrina, was kidnapped 3 years earlier. Rebecca McKenney has a vision of Sabrina now, appropriately older. She is convinced that her daughter is in fact very much alive and goes to see the FBI agent in charge of the case years earlier.

Dan Cooper is the former FBI agent who was the lead on Sabrina's kidnapping case and because of a possible mistake he made 3 yea
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Julie
Kiki & Jules Reviews



Jules Rating : 5 Stars

Mind Over Matter is book 1 in the Anderson Securities Series, and first book for author S.J. Clarke, and a fabulous start to a series!!

Rebecca McKenney is a mother whose daughter was abducted, and 3 years have pasted with no trace or clue, until her psychic visions re-start. Rebecca turns to the Agent Dan Cooper, who led her case with the FBI, but left and has started his security firm. You feel the loss and pain, the helplessness Rebecca feels abou
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M-E Girard
This book was a fast read. It's not the usual stuff I read, so I was pleasantly surprised. However, there were some things that tripped me up along the way. At times, I felt the main character's reactions were not believable with what was presented to her. Three years thinking her daughter is dead and now the plot unfolds, yet she pulls back, is tired, or feels sexual toward her love interest, when everything I knew about this woman told me she'd be kicking and screaming to find her daughter asa ...more
Karen
Mind over Matter by S.J. Clarke.
This is a romantic suspense story with paranormal aspects as described by the author. Rebecca McKenneys daughter was kidnapped at the age of 3. Everyone except Rebecca has accepted the fact that she is gone for good. Now she is having visions that her little girl is alive but in grave danger. Enter Dan Cooper, the former FBI agent who Rebecca claims gave up too soon. Dan is now an independent security consultant whom Rebecca approaches with new information that wo
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Gina's Library
I read this book for Promotional Book Tours

This book proves that a mother's love is an undying love. Everyone wanted Rebecca to just accept the fact her daughter had died and move on. How does one really move on from the death of a child? Rebecca never gave up hope. She knew her daughter was alive somewhere and was determined to find her no matter what it took. That is a mother's love.

While Rebecca and Dan were following all the clues to finding Sabrina they were also fighting their attraction t
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Franny (The Reader's Edge)
Rebecca's daughter was kidnapped 3 years ago and Agent Dan Cooper was the lead investigator on the case. Due to a recent vision, Rebecca believes that Sabrina is still alive. Rebecca asks Dan to help her find her daughter before it is too late.

Overall, I liked the book. It was an easy and fast read. The progression of the relationships were believable and the storyline was solid. There were a few leaps of logic the characters took that I was left behind on, but I liked the slow reveal of certai
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Kay Dee Royal
This book had plenty of interesting/curious mystery/adventure twists, an underlying romance, with a good dose of paranormal. For something a bit different and daring that includes a protective, strong, hunky hero and an amazing heroine when it comes to won't-back-down in her convictions, this is the perfect read. The one that will keep you guessing until the end, when you lick your lips and say, MMM, that was a tasty who-dun-it.
Lisa Llamrei
Rebecca's daughter Bree has been missing for three years. She herself hasn't given up, but is understandably frustrated because the police have pushed the case to the back burner. One day, a vision of Bree looking definitely older than she had the day of her disappearance convinces Rebecca that her daughter is still alive. She convinces Dan, the police officer formerly in charge of the case (now a civilian investigator) to re-open the case.

At first, I was a little put off by how Dan accepts Rebe
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Samantha
I really enjoyed this book. I got it from Read 2 Review:)
I loved the characters and the plot. I felt that it had just the right amount of romance and they didn't just shack up right away, they built up to it, something that books now seem to lack. It was a great read, I would definitely recommend it:)
Cryssa
This isn't a genre I normally read but I really enjoyed this book. It's well written, has good pacing and strong characters.
Kiki
Please see Jules review because I totally agree with her and would say the exact same thing!!
Marissa Campbell
Action packed, suspenseful and some great sexual tension thrown in for flavour! Loved it!
Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
Mind Over Matter is something different from your normal paranormal romance. (See Parajunkee’s article:The Paranormal Romance Dilemma) First off this book isn’t about a 20 something virgin with special powers. Thank God. That always gets me in this genre. I know very few people who make it past their teens with their “V card.” It’s about a mother. How often do you see that? And doesn’t have one vamp or werewolf in it. NONE. While I do love vamps and virgins (?), it was really refreshing to not h ...more
Sheri
Mind Over Matter is a book filled with cover up, secrets, lies, betrayal, and heartache, but also hope and love.

The book is about Rebecca who has been looking for her missing daughter for the last three years. While everyone else, even Rebecca's (now ex) husband, has given up hope of finding Sabrina, Rebecca has reason to believe that she is still alive. As the story begins Rebecca is seeking help from Dan Cooper, the FBI agent originally assigned to Sabrina's case.

I liked the pace of the book
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Cocktails and Books
I liked the story, but I really wanted to love it. The potential was there, but at times I felt like I was missing some important piece of information that was crucial to understanding what was happening.

The whole back story with Dan and Rebecca played a huge role in their relationship, but we only got brief glimpses of that. And their romance had me scratching my head at times. She hates him, he's cautious. Suddenly their engaging in a sexual relationship and just as quickly she's back to hati
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Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
In all honesty, I struggled with the rating of this novel as, for me, it simply didn’t inspire much of anything. I thought the book was okay but it certainly wasn’t a winner in my personal opinion. The main problem I had with the novel was that I didn’t connect with the story. I believe this was marketed wrong as, while it does have paranormal elements it certainly isn’t first and foremost a paranormal story and this certainly threw me. It looks like the next few books in the series will go into ...more
Masquerade Crew
BEC'S REVIEW

This story delves into the disappearance of Rebecca’s daughter, and her romantic involvement with former FBI officer Dan Cooper. However it’s not just a standard kidnapping story, rather there are supernatural elements that often provide certain clues, complete with visions. If I didn’t already know the genre, I’d classify this book more as a romance book, with elements of a supernatural detective story. And while the story was stronger on the detective story (with some elements more
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I think this book was exactly what I needed today. It was one part mystery, one part romance, and one part supernatural. The supernatural in this book is not nearly as heavy as it is in a lot of the urban fantasy or paranormal romance that I review, but that isn't to say it isn't there. The supernatural in question is psychic abilities.


The book deal with some pretty heavy subject matter, the main character Rebecca is tryin
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Becket Morgan
Rebecca McKenney has spent the last three years grieving the loss of her daughter, Bree, who vanished without a trace. Now she is shocked by a vision of her daughter looking older and still very much alive. She turns to the FBI agent who was assigned to her case three years earlier and hopes that his connection to Bree will be enough pull him back into the search. Dan Cooper, haunted by a mistake he made during the original investigation agrees to help Rebecca and they are swept into a strange a ...more
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