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Dark Mind Paperback – November 21, 2011
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Intrusion: A Novel
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Cruelty has no shame, and those who hunt those who do evil should have none either. Dark Mind follows vigilante detective Emily Stone, who has set herself to oppose serial killers and those who would do harm to children. Going against the law for her own goals and own sense of justice, Jennifer Chase crafts a story of a woman determined to make a difference at any cost. Dark Mind is a strongly recommended pick for those who enjoy fast paced thrillers. --The Midwest Book Review
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This is a suspenseful book that’s written by someone who is schooled on the subject of police forensics and criminology. And that’s evident to the reader—the descriptions are vivid, detailed, and knowledgable. But the story itself is what really matters and author Jennifer Chase delivers! She has created a realistic, sometimes flawed, always likable character in Emily. It’s refreshing to have a tough, smart woman in charge. The plot is twisting, unpredictable, and challenging—it kept me on my toes and up half the night reading to see what would happen next. “Dark Mind” is definitely a dark read, but it’s a timely topic, as well, and tough to put aside. I saw other reviewer-comments that this would make a terrific movie for television and I concur. If you love shows like “Criminal Minds,” you’ll enjoy the Emily Stone Series. I can’t wait for the next installment.
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.
The protagonist, Emily Stone, an ex-police officer, tracks serial killers and child abductors outside the investigations of authorities. Partnered with ex-police detective Rick Lopez, this story begins with them going to the Island of Kauai to rescue abducted teenage girls who would be sold into black market slavery. After this, they're pulled into an investigation of a serial killer.
The story is well written. Ms. Chase fills the scenes using all the senses. The only problem I had with the story is it's not fully explained how Emily became a renowned specialist of serial killers. Her skills at figuring out the profile of the killer are better than those of ex-FBI agent Jordan Smith who worked at the FBI Behavior Science Unit. He's called in to help with the case. His character's humor I enjoyed.
It's also not explained how Emily and Rick support themselves while traveling around the country tracking down killers and abductors. This doesn't take away from the story, but I did wonder. Also, the villains catch Emily by surprise several times that seemed out of character with someone portrayed as being so skilled in her work.
Other than that, this was an engaging read that kept me flipping the pages. The hunt for serial killer on Kauai is compounded by another serial killer hunting Emily. There's several tense scenes where the reader isn't sure which killer is attacking her.
This was the first time I've read one of Ms. Chase's books. But it won't be the last.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was one of the most "nail-biting books I've ever read. I loved it and I may not sleep tonight.Published 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
She's easy to read and understand. Great thriller. Keeps u guessing. This book is as good as the first two.Published 14 months ago by natosha macey
She felt a sting at the back of her left arm and pressure against her back. Her first thought was a bee had stung her, but her vision melted into long vertical strips of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Martha A. Cheves
Jennifer Chase’s “Dark Mind” takes the reader on a terrifying ride through the mind of a truly sick psychopath. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jeff B
Jennifer Chase is an amazing writer. Dark Mind is an incredible book. This is a crime thriller from a series. I love to read this series. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pearl J. Lopez
Whoa…Jennifer Chase sure does know how to write one heck of a crime novel!!! If you are looking for a good suspenseful book, then definitely give this one a try. Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. Summers
I like the Emily Stone Series of books and plan on reading them all. Hold your interest to the last word.Published on April 23, 2014 by Joyce
I just love Rick and Emily together..i enjoyed the book but i thought it a little drawn out..i will recommend it..Published on January 5, 2014 by lulu
what utter rubbish.this author has too many plots within plots to make for a good read.going into all the detail about the locations the so called hunters of evil visit is boring-... Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Angelique van der Westhuizen