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Book review: 'Mind Games' is an intriguing story for the mystery lover

"MIND GAMES," by Stephanie Black, Covenant Communications, $16.99, 296 pages (f)

Psychologist Natalie Marsh wants to change the way people view mental health in the novel "Mind Games." And the opening of her clinic in one part of the historic Stoker building is the first exciting step to reaching those in need. But the walls of the Stoker building appear to be haunted by tales of tragedy, deceit and evil.

An anguished Heather Osbourne silently roams the forbidden halls, an homage to an ancestor who died in this building. But when Natalie and her friends thwart a deadly fall planned for the center of the grand opening and reception, Heather, restrained and frightened, shares haunting details of a doomed future for this beloved clinic and those who work there. Natalie and her clinic are not welcome in the Stoker building; the question is, how far will others go to make them disappear.

Natalie and her trusted friend Gideon learn quickly that things are not as they appear. As they unravel Heather's painful past buoyed by a destructive connection to a long-lost relative, who seemingly has a score to settle beyond the grave, Natalie must face her demons and confront what she thought was truth but resembles betrayal, denial and treachery. The more Natalie uncovers, the unassuming hunter becomes the hunted.

In Stephanie Black's latest literary effort, "Mind Games," the boundaries of rational thought intertwine with mystery, greed and even death. The result is an electrifying web of secrets linked within a plot that intrigues until the very end.

"Mind Games" has no swearing or sexual content beyond kissing and has some general descriptions of a violent death.

Four of Black's novels have won Whitney Awards in the Best Mystery/Suspense category. The Whitney Awards honor the work of novelists who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

J'Nel Wright is a freelance writer from Utah. She loves murder mysteries as long as the lights remain on at all times.