5-Star Paranormal Thriller: Bound by Suggestion

If you enjoy mysteries and suspense with a touch of paranormal, you will want to put L.L. Bartlett’s Jeff Resnick series on your list. You should read the books in order to get the maximum enjoyment, for much of the interest comes from the characters’ personal lives and changing circumstances.

MURDER ON THE MIND, the first in the series, introduces us to Jeff, a regular guy whose life changes forever when a vicious mugging leaves him with some permanent side effects: the ability in certain cases–not all, to share others’ emotions in an unpleasantly visceral way, plus weird visionary flashes that eventually lead him to investigate and solve a murder.

BOUND BY SUGGESTION, the 4th and latest in the series, is structured a little differently from the others. Rather than a who-dunnit, it is a psychological thriller. We know the “bad guy” early on, and the considerable suspense comes from wondering how far the baddie’s twisted plot will go before Jeff starts to wise up.

A secondary plot involving Jeff’s half-brother, Richard, and a second “bad guy” keeps the reader on her toes, wondering how it will all pull together.

I’m normally pretty good at leaving books, good interesting books, in my backpack at the end of the day’s commute, but I was only halfway through BOUND BY SUGGESTION before I HAD to take it out and read it over dinner and then stay up way past my bedtime to finish it. It was worth the lost sleep.

The only downside is that now I’ll have to wait until the talented Ms. Bartlett gives us the next Jeff Resnick book. Meantime I’d love to get some suggestions for other paranormal/mystery/suspense reads. I’m sure there are plenty out there.

8 Comments

  1. Gloria Alden said,

    August 19, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    It sounds like a good book. Like you, I always like to start with the first in a series so I’ll have to order Murder on the Mind.

  2. Gloria Alden said,

    August 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I forgot to mention that Casey Daniels writes a fun paranormal mystery with her Pepper Martin series. The first one is DON OF THE DEAD. Pepper Martin, a rich girl, falls on hard times and becomes a guide in Garden View Cemetery. (The lovely Lake view Cemetery in Cleveland.) She falls and hits her head and from then on is visited by a ghost who wants her to solve some crime, usually who killed them. It leads her to all sorts of dangerous situations. There’s nine in the series so that should keep you going for awhile.

    • Nancy Adams said,

      August 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Gloria! DON OF THE DEAD sounds like a good one.

  3. gaylefeyrer said,

    August 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Sounds like a great read. I’ll add it to my ever-growing pile.

    • Nancy Adams said,

      August 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I think you’ll enjoy it, Gayle. It’s a refreshingly different series. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. August 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks for the lovely review, Nancy. MURDER ON THE MIND, the first book in the series, is currently free in all e book formats. The Trade paperback is available from Amazon, B&N and can be ordered at any bookstore.

    A new Jeff Resnick book, ROOM AT THE INN, which takes place mid-way through the series, will be available on September 10th as an e book and Trade paperback.

    Again, thanks for the wonderful review. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the book.

    • Nancy Adams said,

      August 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      So excited to hear that a new Jeff Resnick will be out! Thanks so much, Lorraine, for stopping by.

  5. August 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    […] stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it. It was worth the lost sleep.” –Trees and Saints Blog « Lady Scandal THE BETRAYAL » […]


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