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MIND READER [Kindle Edition]

Vicki Hinze
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Book Description

* First published by Vicki Hinze writing as Victoria Cole in 1993. *




Caron Chalmers is an empath. A mind reader cursed with imaging only victims. She sees what they see, feels what they feel, endures what they endure and has since she was seven. But even with all the sensory perception and insights, sometimes she fails to save victims in time. Sometimes she interprets the signs wrong—and a year ago, she did exactly that. She messed up and a victim died. Caron nearly died with her. Her “gift” shut down.

Now it’s back. There’s another victim—this time a child—and because of the mistake made last year and the shut-down, her police contact, though aware of her many successes, isn’t willing to stake his career on her. Yet he can’t dismiss her and calls in help from a private investigator, Parker Simms: a man with a past as bleak as Caron’s and a specific agenda of his own: proving Caron Chalmers is the fraud he believes her to be.

In a hostile alliance, Caron and Parker seek the truth . . . and discover a labrynth of lies and deceptions that require skills and experience they have and trust they don’t but must somehow find before the child becomes another victim lost. Yet trust never comes without costs, and some are too steep to pay.
The situation grows desperate. Time for the child’s survival grows short . . . and for Caron and Parker, who must live with the consequences of missteps and wrong moves, the unthinkable happens: Stakes that couldn’t get any higher soar.

Praise for MIND READER

“This is not a book to be begun at midnight. As tightly controlled a mystery/thriller as I’ve read in a long time. Not to be missed.” – Heartland Critiques

“I loved this thrilling, suspenseful, and emotionally moving story–from the first page, I was hooked!” – Rendezvous

“A powerful new author. A strong, emotional story of real people. Will worm their way into your heart and stay there.”
– The Talisman

“A tense, action-filled story of suspense that will keep you turning the pages.”– Affaire de Coeur

“Victoria Cole [Hinze/Barrett] writes with a fresh ingenuity and intensity that will make readers eagerly anticipate future works.”
– Romantic Times

“A story that turns your blood hot–and cold–by turns. Plenty of chills, plenty of thrills.”
– Nora Powers, author

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About the Author

Vicki Hinze is the award-winning, USA Today best-selling author of nearly thirty novels and has been recognized for blazing trails in new sub-genres like the military romance, the military romantic thriller, the paranormal romance and the faith-affirming romantic thriller.  Hinze co-created the first continuity series of single title novels, she has mentored over 2000 authors, and awarded the first PRO mentor and RWA national service awards. Her latest special project is Christians Read, a forum to unite Christian fiction authors and readers.  She is also columnist for Social-In Global Network.

Product Details

  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480215805
  • Publisher: Magnolia Leaf Press (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EGC6JQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Caron Chalmers has visions; she sees and feels the situations of others. What powers this novel is that these situations always involve people that are in dire trouble. Caron is also burned out, burned out due to a vision which led to an action that turned out very, very badly for the (then) kidnapped.

Now suddenly, a year later, she is having visions again. This time she sees that a small girl has been abducted, and rushing to the police, she reports this vision to Hershel "Sandy" Sanders. Sanders is the detective that she has worked with in the past, but when she gets there, she finds that it is not just Sandy that is waiting for her. There is also gorgeous hunk and private detective Parker Simms, who is also the son of the well-known hero cop Charley Simms. Simms clearly has a grudge against Caron, because what Caron doesn't know is that Parker's partner Harlan had committed suicide when the case he and Caron were involved in went sideways. Parker holds Caron responsible, and considers her a fake, and is bent on destroying her.

The problem is that there doesn't seem to be a report of any girl fitting Caron's vision having disappeared, so Caron is having trouble having either Sandy or Parker taking her seriously.

Then the visions start coming faster and more intense, and she's having more flashbacks to her previous failure. As she is experiencing even more guilt over her failure, and as she is becoming even more driven to make up for it, she is getting physical threats that are escalating in intensity from somebody who mysteriously knows about her.

The problem is the sexual tension that is between Caron and Parker.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mind Reader April 8, 2012
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Was an ok read but there were times that I wanted to strangle the main character Caron. A huge portion of the book could have been cut if the characters had a conversation. Now, I'm all for a character getting mad and stomping off all while drawing the wrong conclusions (did he really sleep with her, did she really say that about me, etc) but when it becomes a total cliche just to fill word count - that's when I have a problem. Sure we all get huffy and want to storm off when someone pisses us off but like I said, a huge chunk of the book could be cut if not for the "misunderstandings" and lack of communication.

Overall though I liked the book. It had a good plot and kept me wondering what was going to happen to the main character. The ending drew everything total nice and neat.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KEEPS YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT! May 5, 2003
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Psychic, Caron Chalmers suddenly knows that a little girl has been abducted. Her psychic powers have been in abeyance for the past year. Ouch! suddenly they have been reactivated.
Sandy! She had to call Sandy. Detective Hershel Sanders with whom she has worked since she was a seven year old.
When she finally got to Sandy's little cubbyhole of an office she found that he was not alone.
The man with the black Porsche was sitting by Sandy's file cabinet in a black leather bomber jacket.
Big, Brawny, Beautiful -- were words that came to Caron's mind but suddenly she knew that he didn't like her.
He was a friend of Sandy's, a Private Investagator - Parker Simms. He did not believe in psychic powers nor in Caron's abilities.
Caron was still tormented by the Sarah James case she had helped Sandy solve last Christmas. Only the outcome had been horrendous.
Parker had been trailing Caron for the past year and had no evidence of her having any powers. He was going to prove that she was a fraud and take her down.
You really need to try this book - It keeps you on the edge of you seat - power packed and fast moving and DANGEROUS as Parker almost loses Caron. Such involvement and romance makes for an excellent book --- WOW!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - not bad for a 93 book and just as good a second time around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A love story more than a psychic book June 20, 2012
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The Mind Reader started off a bit slow, with some repetition in setting a background for the reader. However, it became more interesting as it progressed. It is a mixture of a love story and a low- emphasis psychic involvement. I would recommend it for easy reading.
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Begs for a sequel !! Please continue the romance, and the mystery.
Caron is an Empathic Psychic, she feels and sees what the victims do, her last case almost killed her, when she misread the signs and went to the wrong place and the woman she was racing to save was murdered. Now after a year of her gift being dormant it returns with a vengeance. The images she has are of a little girl and time is running out. The cop she has always trusted pairs her with a private investigator that frankly thinks she's a phoney, and the fur and sparks fly. The chemistry between them is the sparks the distrust is the fur, and while they agree that IF a child is in danger they must act, Now Caron must convince everyone else there is a case, and a little kidnapped girl named Misty's like and Caron's hang in the balance. Drama, arguments and sexual attraction turn the heat up just to the right temperature, with betrayal and mistrust just waiting to trip everyone up. Vicki Hinze spins a great mystery and love story together and makes you want a sequel very badly because the dynamics of this duo need more cases to explore.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD GOOD READING
This book was great. Started it and couldn't put it down. This was the first of her books that I read. Will be looking forward to others.
Published 8 days ago by G.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story!!!
I loved Caron and Parker's story so much so that I want to rush this review just to see if Author Vicki Hinze wrote more like it! I am totally in love with this book!! Read more
Published 26 days ago by Laura's Blogspotanythinggoes
1.0 out of 5 stars He loves me he hates me he loves me he ...
He loves me he hates me he loves me he hates me. Will she ever forgive me? I am obviously in the wrong genre
Published 2 months ago by Jean M. Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book!! This is one I have in print and now on my kindle. Love Caron and Parker ! Wish Vicki would give us a glimpse of what their lives and kids turned out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peacekeeper
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for romantic suspense fans!
Wow. This is one of the most fast-paced stories I've read in a long time. Best of all, you really do pick up on the character's emotions. You can feel her fear and unease. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Brantley
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book yet!
This book was an amazing read and I literally couldn't put it down, even on my 10 minute breaks at work! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brianna Seaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Clean Read !!
I loved this story . This was suspence at its best ! Vicki hinge writes awesome romance and mystery stories.
Published 7 months ago by Arlene Achord
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice combination of romance and Intrigue
I like books about the paranormal, and this fit the bill as well as adding mystery and romance. Highly recommend.
Published 8 months ago by Joanne Hoey
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Reader
Excellent book, I really enjoyed reading this book. This book keeps your interest from beginning to end, I highly recommend reading this book If you like paranormal books.
Published 10 months ago by Patricia Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really enjoyed this book. This is the second one of hers I have read. I will be reading more of them. Great book Vicki Hinze. Thank you Deborah.
Published 11 months ago by Deborah Wood
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More About the Author

Raised in New Orleans, Vicki Hinze began writing before Kindergarten but her journey to writing books included a lot of corporate pitstops. Eventually, she settled in and her first novel landed an array of awards and on the bestseller list. With nearly 40 books published, she's been back many times with awards in multiple genres and appearances on multiple bestseller lists, including USA TODAY. Vicki is recognized by Who's Who in the World as an author and an educator and is best known for chilling suspense, trailblazing, and creating series that genre-blend. Her works include suspense, mystery and romance. Since 1994, this former VP of International Thriller Writers has written heavily about military and military families and in nearly all genres except horror. Hinze is a Floridian married to a former Hurricane Hunter/Special Operations Officer. She constantly pushes the boundaries on existing genres, opening the door for new novel blends.

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