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Head Games [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Alex Baker
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Aspiring actor Jordan Patrick is rapidly realizing the world has no use for another theatre student. Desperate to prove his talents have value, he agrees to work for Dr. Foster, a psychologist who secretly hires performers to infiltrate the everyday lives of his patients, and then stage situations which advance their therapy. Once they're in, Foster's players trick his clients into situations designed to make them confront their issues.

This part-time job becomes Jordan's toughest role yet as he's assigned to follow an eccentric patient named Julie, lie his way into her life, and help Foster rebuild her trust in men. White Oleander author Janet Fitch raved, “Kevin Alex Baker is a rare find, and Head Games is a sweet discovery, a ripping page-turner.”


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"Kevin Alex Baker weaves a web of intricate lies, plot twists, and humor so well, the reader gets caught up and doesn't want the book to end."
 
--Bonnie Lamer's Book Reviews
 
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About the Author

Kevin Alex Baker learned how powerful words can be on his fifth birthday, when he was hit by a bookmobile. 

His resulting phobia of literature catalyzed his interest in psychology, and as he pondered a life filled with the non-stop excitement of clinical research, Kevin dreamed up a radical new approach to modern therapy. The one problem was no matter how effective it might be, running the program would cause any ethics committee to strip him of his license. Kevin didn't have the guts to defy them himself, so he wrote a story about a therapist who did. The idea grew, and as Kevin overcame his fear of books, the story evolved into Head Games, his first novel.

Head Games was written in Studio City, California and Waikiki, Hawai'i, where his chances of accidentally encountering a book were incredibly low. Kevin lives and writes in San Francisco, California, and would love to hear from you at kevinalexbaker@gmail.com. 

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  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005X3G79M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will keep you delightfully in suspense :-) November 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is incredibly funny and suspenseful all at the same time. You can relate with the main character whether you are male or female. The main character takes you on a journey, running around campus, and engages you in this crazy psychological experimentation. I would highly recommend buying this novel. Kevin Alex Baker really uses a lot of his inside knowledge of what it's like to be in theatre at the university level. If you are a starving actor/actress or know of one and can relate, this novel will amuse you for sure. If you are a psychology major as well, this is perfect for you. If you have never attended college, well... this is a pretty accurate account of college life, therefore you can live vicariously.

I give this book 2 thumbs up! BUY IT, read it, love it, you won't regret it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Psych Thriller February 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love Psyche thrillers but usually go for the dark scary. I picked this up from a recommendation and am very pleased I did. It is not what i usually look for in this genre but was a fun surprise. An easy read that flowed and entertained so that I kept reading. There were really good twists and turns with alot of surprises. The personal and self deprecating humor of the main character really keeps you laughing and questioning his choices along with him.

Not what I was expecting but really glad I picked it up. Good writing style and formatted well for the Kindle.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Thriller! January 3, 2012
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I loved this book so much I read it straight through the night. The gripping story and the humorous storytelling kept me turning the pages until the end. If you only read Head Games once, you're not doing it justice. Every time I read it I find something I missed before, whether it's a clue or an inside joke. I'm a thriller fan, and Head Games is now on my list of favorites.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy & Mystery & Romance October 18, 2012
By BeckiM
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Dr Foster, the campus therapist at Wilder University, is angry when his patients will not follow his advice. He theorizes that they will be more likely to accept the same words from a friend, rather than an authority figure, so he hires students to befriend his patients and assist in their therapy -- without the patients' knowledge or consent, of course. If your first thought is "Wait, isn't that unethical?" then you are the perfect candidate for this book.

Jordan, struggling theater major skilled in improv, takes a job with Dr Foster and immediately embarks upon an adventure that will lead to two dead students, a possibly murderous "maybe girlfriend," and the realization that nothing is what it seems. The story is helped immensely by Jordan's character. He is an appealing, all-American, somewhat nerdy, college student, who just wants to do the right thing if he can figure out what it is. He is self-deprecating, quick-witted, and charismatic.

The supporting characters are delightfully weird as well, and Baker does a great job of keeping you guessing. By the end of the book, you become as paranoid as Jordan, not knowing who is working for Foster, and what is really the truth. This is a smart and engaging mystery, and the ending was perfect. I hope to read more from Baker in the future!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read! May 24, 2013
Format:Paperback
School is out and you are headed to the beach or family vacation. You are going to need a book, and I can't think of one better than "Head Games". This was recommended to me by a friend who rarely reads, so I knew I needed to try it out. It set on my kindle for a few weeks before I was able to start it and I can't believe I waiting that long!

I am going to keep this spoiler-free as possible.. because there is nothing worse that someone spoiling a book.

It is a psychological who-done-it so you get to play detective. But don't worry if you suck at playing detective because this is truly a head game. The book has different points of views from the main characters and will switch back and forth through the story.. it isn't just in Jordan's point of view. Jordan becomes a great protagonist straight off with the first chapter and it's title. The author keeps the characters witty with just the right amount of crazy.

The chapters are set as sort of a countdown, so you may find yourself becoming nervous as the chapters get closer to 0. I found myself convinced of one thing and then in the next chapter wondering why I didn't think of that connection.

I identified easily with the main female character, Julie. The author seemed to have a good grasp on her psychologically and as a woman.

Some may or may not consider the ending as a cliffhanger. Either way, I just hope it means we get another book from this guy.

SEMI-SPOILER:
My favorite part of the book was the back-and forth exchange of purple roses. It become less about the roses and more of who could best the other.

I also think that the type of therapy would have a promising future with the right rules and regulations (not sure about an ethical code). We are more likely to listen to strangers than those we should be getting advice from.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Head Games - A Delicious Treat For the Mind May 21, 2013
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The good:

The Story: This is a slow revealed plot with exceptional pacing. It's also somewhat scary because it's a scenario that is absolutely realistic. There is some scary stuff in this book if you really think about it.

The Fool: One of the fun aspects of a Shakespeare play is the side character of The Fool, inserted to lighten the mood and garner some laughter. (The gravediggers in Hamlet, Feste in Twelfth Night). In this books, there are some well meaning, bumbling cops to fill this role...it's a little bit meta.

The maybe not so good:

The Improv: This is a bit nit-picky and I don't claim to be a professional improvisor, but the improv scenes felt a bit unrealistic.

Final thoughts: I really liked this book. The story is great, the characters are well fleshed out (though the villain is a bit too evil-villainy at times), there's interesting side-stories. It's a very well put together book. It was never boring and, though it wasn't short, it felt like I was drinking a good Vodka and it slipped right down like water.

Or maybe it was like drinking water.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns aplenty
I enjoyed reading Head Games. The narration was well written from the point of view of a college student. Very believable. Read more
Published 13 days ago by AbbieNormal
1.0 out of 5 stars unsatisfying Ending
It had an ending like Gone Girl -unsatisfying. Glad I didn't waste money on this book or I would be even more irritated.
Published 5 months ago by Amanda L
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Fun read. Want to read more by this author.
Published 7 months ago by Toni C. Jabson
3.0 out of 5 stars Whats not to like? This was a pleasant way to spend an ...
A unique concept, carried out with "tongue in cheek" interesting twists on modern psychiatry. A murder mystery that amuses, young adult angst, a comic cop. Read more
Published 7 months ago by gmazoom
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting, but...
This book was not what I was expecting! From reading the synopsis, I thought I had a pretty good feel for how this book would turn out. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Courtney
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive read
Funny and fast paced
Published 7 months ago by Lisa Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
A fun book. Not too intelligent, I must say, but not enough so to ruin the experience.
Published 7 months ago by yonyz
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but whacky
UPDATE: this is a very original story in terms of characters and settings. It does end up becoming a little too convoluted to follow though and could have been improved by... Read more
Published 7 months ago by SM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
I loved Head Games. it is a good read with a different concept and sort of cockeyed slant. in short,is is well written and more than a little entertaining. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!
This other day, I and my wife laughed ourselves to bed whilst reading about Prakash Gupta's antics in the book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Fatso
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More About the Author

Kevin Alex Baker learned how powerful words can be on his fifth birthday, when he was hit by a bookmobile.

His resulting phobia of literature catalyzed his interest in psychology, and as he pondered a life filled with the non-stop excitement of clinical research, Kevin dreamed up a radical new approach to modern therapy. The one problem was no matter how effective it might be, running the program would cause any ethics committee to strip him of his license. Kevin didn't have the guts to defy them himself, so he wrote a story about a therapist who did. The idea grew, and as Kevin overcame his fear of books, the story evolved into Head Games, his first novel.

Head Games was written in Studio City, California and Waikiki, Hawai'i, where his chances of accidentally encountering a book were incredibly low. Kevin lives and writes in San Francisco, California, and would love to hear from you at kevinalexbaker@gmail.com.


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