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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 (29 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: #420,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book . . . second. October 10, 2010
By Jim
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gifts July 21, 2010
By Diane
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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 16 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 8 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 4 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprises throughout the book. March 26, 2012
By Mike O.
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I highly recommend this book. I rarely give a book 5 stars, but this one was well written with practically no errors and I really hated to put it down.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best new writers of the year!! June 10, 2006
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Hello everyone, just wanted to take a minute to let everyone know of a relatively new author. Linda Prather has recently released "The Gifts", if you enjoy mystery as in Patricia Cornwell and Tami Hoag, you will love this new writer. This will be a continuing series as Patricia Cornwell does with Kay Scarpetta. Trust me, you won't be sorry you purchased this one!!

Jeff
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turner! May 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Gavin McAllister is a lost tortured soul, some say the very definition of a writer, but with a twist, evil knows him. The demons raging inside him send him gruesome dreams of rape, torture and murder, always with the same message. "You're too late McAllister." His only weapon to save his sanity is to write the stories down using his alter-ego Jacody Ives, to uncover the secrets and solve the crime. He is a best-selling author. He has the Gift.

Call it psychic, intuition or gut feelings, Gavin is also determined to use his ability to help the FBI, specifically, his step-brother Rob and his partner Carl, catch bad guys. But there is one twisted sick murderer that they haven't been able to catch for five years--The Mother's Day killer. The killer always leaves a calling card at the scene of the murders taunting the FBI and Gavin has made it his mission to catch this guy.

From the opening scene of the book, the author does a fantastic job of reeling you into this paranormal mystery, keeping you on the edge of your seat while the story unfolds with one twist after another. Ms. Prather is a master storyteller slowly filling in Gavin's backstory--he is a twin who was separated at a young age-- and when Rob introduces Gavin to his girl, a piece of the puzzle clicks into place for him. Cory Larson is his long lost twin, adopted one day ahead of him. Now she's back in his life and Gavin feels a modicum of peace, that is, until Cory becomes the Mother's Day killer's next victim. Now catching the sicko is personal.

Clues of Cory's last known whereabouts lead Gavin to a seemingly peaceful town of Glade Springs. Every town has its secrets and Glade Springs is no different.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 3 months ago by michelle baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely entertaining
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 6 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 7 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 8 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 13 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 23 months ago 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
5.0 out of 5 stars First Novel A Winner!
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. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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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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