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Dark Mind Paperback – November 21, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Emily Stone Series

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Jennifer Chase does not disappoint in this remarkable mystery murder novel. The plot is well thought out and the chapters flow nicely from one subject to the next. The descriptive words and the use of imagery immerses the reader directly into the story among serial killers and evil perpetrators. The tension build-up blew me away as I could not put down this novel because I was so entwined in the mystery and suspense. I felt as if I was right by Emily and Rick s sides as they put the puzzle pieces together in tracking down a sadistic serial killer. This book had me on the edge of my seat in fear and contains many twists and turns that I had not seen coming. I absolutely love a great mystery murder novel and could easily see this novel turned into a television series or motion picture movie. I highly recommend this book for all avid mystery readers and am greatly looking forward to the next novel written by Jennifer Chase. --Reviewed by Rita V for Readers Favorite

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

About the Author

Jennifer Chase holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master s in criminology. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She s a member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists. She is a freelance writer, award winning author, and criminologist. She has an intense curiosity about crime and the varied connections between the actual crime and the criminal mind. Her academic background has helped to prepare her to write in the thriller and true crime genres.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: JEC Press (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098295364X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982953648
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,964,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Altman on November 29, 2011
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This Emily Stone novel takes her to a whole different location as she tracks child predators to the Island of Kauai. She and Rick are confronted with a lot of different problems. The story is fast moving and the excitements really builds. I couldn't put it down and had to stay with it until I finished. Great read and Jennifer Chase has done it again..
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In Dark Mind, Jennifer Chase has created a psychopathic serial killer who blends purposefully into local society, and only lets people see the more normal side of his persona. Perhaps that's one of the primal fears shared by many of us - that our own neighbours or locals might be capable of the horror that Jennifer Chase's Dark Mind shows us is possible.
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The third book in the Emily Stone Series finds our heroine, tough vigilante cop Emily Stone, as she goes on in search for a nine-year girl who has been abducted by a band of heartless slave brokers. With a trail of clues that take Stone from sunny / seedy California to the island paradise of Kauai, it doesn’t take long for her to piece together the evidence. At the same time, she finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. But information is hard to come by on the island, as superstition and fear of a serial killer has tied everyone’s tongue. Now, Stone must do whatever she can to stop the killer before he strikes again.

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.
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The rescue of a kidnapped child in Hawaii is just an introductory adventure in Jennifer Chase's Dark Mind, another in her Emily Stone series. Slow-moving island police and slow-thinking FBI don't seem to see the significance of a gruesome murder. Soon a serial killer's on the loose but even that's only one strand of this multi-directional tale.

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.
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Dark Mind was an easy book to read. By that I don't mean the plot is without twists or turns, or the characters simple. I never had to push myself to read it, or regretted the time spent doing so. Each time I picked it up, I had to make myself stop reading and hurry to whatever was calling me away because I'd read longer than I should've.

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.
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