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The Gifts, A Jacody Ives Mystery (Jacody Ives Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Linda S. Prather
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
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Tortured. . . raped. . . executed. . .

No matter how much he drank, Gavin McAllister couldn't get the headline out of his head. Just words. He was a writer, made his living with words. The impact of the words directly correlated to the emotions of the reader. Words could be twisted, knives to open up wounds long hidden. Maneuvered to evoke buried nightmares. Bare the soul, expose the wound, and you had a best seller. Make them laugh. Make them cry. Above all, make them feel something. He was an expert at manipulating words for emotion.



But he'd seen the body.



It wasn't a story this time. This time it was personal. The demon of his nightmares had no name, but now he knew where to look for him. Glade Springs had secrets. And no one uncovered secrets better than Jacody ives.


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Linda Prather is an upcoming author to watch out for. --Michael Garrett, Author, Hot Blood Series

About the Author

Hi. My name is Linda S. Prather. I was born in Kentucky in 1955, the youngest of six siblings. I live in Lexington, Kentucky with my fiancé, Coby W. Fuson. I have two wonderful sons, Charles and Steven. I have always loved reading and writing. And although perhaps not one of the greatest literary works, my earliest memory of a book that inspired me was Old Yeller.

The characters in that book were so real to me. I laughed and cried with every page. When I started writing, it was my greatest desire to write characters, which were real, and stories that opened the hearts and minds of the readers.

Knowledge was another love. I wanted to learn everything about everything. In the late 1980's I started my studies in metaphysics, delving into touch healing, dream analysis, meditation, psychic phenomena, and hypnosis. I received my degree in metaphysics in 1992 and continued from there to become a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. I spent the new two years studying the effects of hypnosis on cancer and pain. I taught meditation and self-hypnosis, as well as dream analysis through Eastern Kentucky University's Special Programs for four years. The power of the mind has always fascinated me, and continues to fascinate me.

The Gifs is actually the fourth novel I've written, although it is my first attempt at publishing one of my works. I am currently working on a new novel, and find myself in the jungles of Africa, enthralled by its culture and beauty. Hopefully, I will share that with you in the near future.

My greatest accomplishments–my children. My sons have been the light in my life. Their love and encouragement has sustained me through the bad times and enhanced my joy during the good times.

My favorite pastimes–good friends, good food and good conversation.

My favorite quote: "Be known for unwavering commitment to the people and ideals you choose to live by."


Product Details

  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Original Publisher: Echelon Press May 2006 - rights reverted or author May 2008; 1 edition (June 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U4WVQ4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book . . . second. October 10, 2010
By Jim
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I really liked this book. But although this is the first one written about Jacody Ives, there is a recently released a prequel titled "Sacred Secrets." That's the book to start with.

"The Gifts" is a supernatural mystery thriller. I'd like to say I couldn't put it down, but honestly, I don't read that fast and I do need sleep at night and still have to go to work each day. So it took me a few days to read it. But it was a fun ride, and the suspense kept me wanting to know what happened next.

I hope it's not too long before Prather's next book. I'm hooked. Unless something unexpected happens, I will read anything she writes.

I'm waiting Linda . . .
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gifts July 21, 2010
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This book was a page turner. Could not walk away from it and the anticipation of the next chapter was huge. Great work Ms. Prather. Can not wait to start the next book in the series. Keep writing your fans are waiting!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Questionable Gift April 12, 2011
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This is a difficult book to review. It was a page turner, there was a degree of excitement and the spunky heroine was engaging. The other characters were not badly written. It was just that the surprises about them were not that surprising.
The supernatural elements were interesting but not spooky. All the violence was implied. This appears to be the first book with a sequel to follow. There should are opportunies for these charactrs to develop futher.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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If you love a good mystery mixed with the supernatural, and suspense, then this is the book for you. It is a thriller that has you thinking one way, and then within the next few pages you are on a journey that will keep you going until the end. It is like being on a roller coaster. You slowly make your way up to the top, all the time watching how high you are going. Then as you reach the top you say to yourself, "What was I thinking?" Yet it is too late to get off. This book is like a roller coaster.

Once you start reading it, there is no turning back. The book will drawl you into the story and the characters. I thought I had it figured out half way through the book, and then sure as shoot I found out I was lost.

This is a great read.

Sandra Heptinstall

I rate this book R for language and violence
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book..and then read it again! February 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is great and even though there is another in the series, it stands very well on its own. The characters are lively, believable and touch your hearts on so many levels. Jacody is someone that you can't decide if you love or hate and well you'll have to make your own decision.
The author did an incredible amount of research of the trauma of organ transplants, and her understand of Tarot is amazing. There's a mix of characters, all that touch your heart in many ways. This book will amaze you, keep you interested until the very end and touch you on so many levels it's impossible to innumerate them all. I highly recommend it and trust me, you will want to read it over and over.The Gifts: A Jacody Ives Mystery
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Novel A Winner! June 12, 2012
Format:Paperback
Linda S. Prather gives us a wonderful first novel! I am constantly amazed at the quality of books being submitted for reviews by new authors. I wholeheartedly recommend The Gifts: A Jacody Ives Mystery to lovers of mystery and suspense.

Prather is interested in and has studied metaphysics, delved into touch healing, dream analysis, meditation, psychic phenomena and hypnosis with a degree in metaphysics. She is now a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. With this background, she provided two benefits in her book. One is that she talks about "gifts" as part of daily conversation. This makes her writing much more fluid and knowledgeable and thus more enjoyable to the reader. Second, she brings characters into play with little emphasis on these gifts. The story is suspenseful and action-packed, and some of her characters just happen to use their gifts to help solve crimes. Little emphasis or mystique is applied. I found this, perhaps, more intriguing than those authors who are bringing together these individuals into special "groups" who then can apply their special gifts to resolving crimes that nobody else can. It isn't that I don't like these others, because I do. I just found Prather's approach a little more sophisticated and perceptive.

Jacody Ives is a master at uncovering secrets. So is the man who wrote under that name, Gavin McAllister. One of the secrets that had been uncovered was that Gavin had been a twin at birth, but they had been separated and adopted by two different families. The first twist is that Corrine, his sister, had met her adopted brother and had fallen in love with Gavin's brother. As happens nowadays, Gavin's sister was going to marry his brother. But, before that could happen, Corrine (Cory) was murdered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely entertaining July 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I read The Gifts by Linda S Prather as part of the Deadly Dozen: 12 Mysteries/Thrillers set. It is also part A Jacody Ives Mystery.

Corrine Larson is dying, but she denies her murderer the pleasure of hearing her scream. Instead with her dying thoughts she sends out a physic warning, “He’s coming Sarah. He wants to destroy you.”

I loved this book. It was my favorite of the Deadly Dozen collection. Right from the beginner, I was glued, turning the pages as fast as I could, yet wanting to slow down to savor the craft.

There are multiple murders, in additions to Corrine’s. Rob Walker and Carl Jackson, FBI, search for the serial murderer of young girls who leaves pink cards near the bodies. Gavin McAllister is probing his sister’s death. As Sheriff Sarah Burns investigates the suspicious automobile accident, more bodies are found. Are all these deaths connected?

Gavin McAllister is a writer with the alter ego Jacody Ives. Jacody has a talent for entering a town and digging out its secrets. What secrets does he uncover?

Ghost help the investigations. Some of the investigators have physic abilities, but don’t always understand what they see. Will they be able to use their gifts catch the killer(s)?

I highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I've found a new favorite author!
This was an excellent book! My first book by Linda Prather and what a pleasant surprise; I will happily read more of her books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robinread
5.0 out of 5 stars this book truely is a gift... no spoilers
this book truly is a girl ... I read two books by Linda s Prather and they both are really good read..... Read more
Published 8 months ago by michelle baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gifts
Corrine Lawson knew he would kill her after he had beaten and raped her, her only thought was to a mental message to wan Sarah that he was coming for her................. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hotcha
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down
I read the one-star reviews and would like to say, "Hey, it's fiction, folks!" This was a page-turner and I'll try Linda S. Prather again. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Happy Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars No, no, no, not for me
This book was ridiculous. And it was unnecessary. There are two killers. They are both crazy. One is given a reason for having gone crazy. The other is not. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Barbara Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Prather Book
I picked this book up immediately after Sacred Secrets, the prequel to this one. It starts out with a horrific murder and Rob, Carl and Gavin hunting a serial killer they have been... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mary E aka Lockette
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gifts, A Jacody Ives Mystery
Great story, I found it hard to put down. The author keeps you guessing until the end. I highly recommend it.
Published on December 27, 2012 by Denise Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I waited to review this book until I had read both Jacody Ives books. The Gifts is a well-written mystery that was plotted with a deft hand. The author is talented. Read more
Published on August 22, 2012 by ~DJ Faz~
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift A Jacody Ives Mystery
I really enjoyed this book. The author did a great job with the pace. I felt like I was right there with them. I cried in a few parts but also held my breath. Read more
Published on July 28, 2012 by Sharon
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
I enjoy reading mystery/suspense novels, but I'm not a fan of the supernatural. This made The Gifts difficult for me to read. Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by Jocelyn D. Levan
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda S. Prather, was born in Kentucky in 1955. She currently live in Lexington, Kentucky with my fiancé, Coby W. Fuson. She has two wonderful sons, Charles and Steven.

I have always loved reading and writing. And although perhaps not a great literary work, I loved and was inspired by Old Yeller. The characters in that book were real to me. When I started writing, it was my greatest desire to write characters that readers could love and hate, laugh and cry with.
Knowledge was another love. I wanted to learn about everything. I studied metaphysics; delving into touch healing, dream analysis, meditation, and hypnosis. I received my associate's degree in metaphysics in 1992 and continued from there to become a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. I spent several years studying the effects of hypnosis on cancer and pain. I taught meditation, dream analysis and self-hypnosis through Eastern Kentucky University's Special Programs for four years. The power of the mind has always fascinated me. I've recently become a paranormal investigator, and love old houses that go bump in the night.

The Gifts and coming soon Sacred Secrets are a combination of my love of mystery, metaphysics and the paranormal.

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