Mind Games by Leona Deakin

Four strangers are missing.

Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:


The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic, and psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom is persuaded to investigate. As she delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.

And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.

As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the puppeteer. But is she playing into their hands?

What I thought

Release date: 11th July 2019

A fascinating, compelling and twisted story.

This is a very different read that straddles the thriller and private investigator genres with fantastic skill. The premise really drew in me. I found myself torn so many times between wanting to race through this book, and wanting to slow down and enjoy the research and cleverly laid clues the author placed for us.

Psychologist, Dr Bloom makes for an interesting and brilliant lead in this investigator style thriller. Her partner Jameson, an ex-intelligence officer, is the perfect balance to Bloom’s clinical mind, and I hope it’s not the last time we see them working together.


Thank you to Transworld and the author for my advanced copy.

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