Book Review: Mind of the Phoenix by Jamie McLachlan

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Jamie is another friend through Penner, and one whose book I was excited to read right from the start. I really enjoyed it, and rated it 4 stars. Below is the synopsis and my honest review:

Moira is a powerful empath, a psychic graced with the ability to read emotions and memories. Her skill is as much a curse as a gift, for in the harshly stratified city of Braxton empaths are slaves. Clever and beautiful, Moira has learned to rely on no one but herself. Determined to escape life as a concubine, she kills her master, and is imprisoned for the crime.

This could be the end for Moira, but the government has need of her skills. A mysterious serial killer known as the Phoenix has been planting suggestions in his victims’ minds that drive them to murder and suicide. To gain her freedom, Moira partners with Keenan Edwards, a handsome young detective, to stop the killer.

Hunting the Phoenix will bring Moira on a more dangerous road than she imagined, forcing her to confront dark minds, twisted moralities, and her growing feelings for the detective.

My review: I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book, as I generally steer clear of thrillers or murder mysteries, but I was pleasantly surprised. The crimes were detailed without being gory or over-the-top, and the world they lived in was different, yet believable. The heroine- a feisty empathy named Moira- was delightful. Despite the serious content at times I actually chuckled at her humorous comments or thoughts. The sexual tension between her and the detective was palpable, and the author wrote it in such a way that really made you wonder if they would ever cross the line of working together into something more. It was truly intriguing reading about the two together.

I won’t give away any spoilers, but I will say two things I expected to happen in the book did not, so I eagerly look forward to the sequel because I simply must know what happens to the characters and the crimes they so wish to solve. And I am a sucker for period details, so I’ll add I hope there’s even more description of fashion and setting in the next book! Overall, a very fun (yes, fun) read, with unforgettable characters and a seemingly impossible to catch villain.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

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