Friday, February 24, 2012
Review: Mind Over Matter by SJ Clarke
***I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review and participation in the blog tour.
Smashwords Product Description:
For three years, Rebecca McKenney grieved the loss of her daughter. Now, a vision showing Sabrina three years older, suggests her baby is still alive, and the FBI agent who gave up the search is the only one who can help find her. Rebecca once witnessed a psychic connection between Agent Cooper and her daughter. She only hopes their fragile bond remains – and that the coward has the decency to pursue it.
Special Agent Dan Cooper, haunted by a tragic mistake made early in the investigation, agrees to help Rebecca to ease his conscience, if nothing else. Together they fight inner demons, all too real bad guys, and an attraction neither wants to admit to. Each step closer to finding her daughter unearths widespread deception and an evil so vile it threatens to break Rebecca's spirit. The thought of having her daughter back in her arms is all that keeps her going. Until she learns the horrifying truth – her daughter is scheduled to die in mere days.
Wow! I loved this book. A mother's worst nightmare is a kidnapped child. As a single mother I was on the edge of my seat for the entire book. Well-written with wonderful characters, a chilling plot, lost love, betrayal on a number of levels, and a little bit of romance too!
The author has created a world in which Rebecca has isolated herself and her grief. A world where she struggles to stay focused on the present and not dwell too much on the past. She has few friends, a lot of anger, some coping struggles, and a psychic connection that could either help her save her child or put her in the nuthouse. We are given detailed descriptions of the town and the lifestyles of the people who live in it - which lends to the reader become submersed in the story from the very start.
The characters are realistic (Dan may be too good to be true, but realistic enough as we all want him to be real) and easy to invest in as you are instantly pulled into the story. The characters are so well developed that they seem almost real and your heart goes out to those who are struggling. Rebecca is courageous, stubborn, and willing to risk EVERYTHING for the life of her daughter. The "bad guys" are delightfully nasty and unappealing - the kind of villain that a reader loves to hate.
The mysterious group of people who hold Rebecca's daughter are a complex mix; ranging in age and power levels. The identity of a few of them is shocking! The levels of betrayal, misplaced trust and belief is staggering. The story is both nicely planned and paced, seems to flow from the pages.
Well worth the read - parent or no - you don't want to miss out on this one.
You can buy a copy of this book at Smashwords for $5.50 by clicking HERE.