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Dark Mind by Jennifer Chase
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Mar 07, 2012

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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.

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