Mind Games

Mind Games

Sherlock Holmes and Miss James “Mori” Moriarty may have closed their first case, but the mystery is far from over in the thrilling sequel to Lock & Mori, perfect for fans of Maureen Johnson and Sherlock.You know their names. Now discover their beginnings. Mori’s abusive father is behind bars…and she has never felt less safe. Threatening letters have started appearing o...

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Title:Mind Games
Author:Heather W. Petty
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:304 pages

Mind Games Reviews

  • Sophie
    Nov 15, 2016

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

    Lock & Mori was one of my favourite books this year, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on book 2. When the opportunity came up to be a part of the blog tour, I jumped at the chance, so thank you Hannah, and the team at Simon & Schuster!

    After the ending of Lock & Mori, Mori is now feeling somewhat safe. Her father has been arrested, and she and her younger brothers are safe from hi

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

    Lock & Mori was one of my favourite books this year, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on book 2. When the opportunity came up to be a part of the blog tour, I jumped at the chance, so thank you Hannah, and the team at Simon & Schuster!

    After the ending of Lock & Mori, Mori is now feeling somewhat safe. Her father has been arrested, and she and her younger brothers are safe from his abuse. However, there are many who believe her father had nothing to do with the murders, and instead, are blaming Mori. As she becomes more and more involved in keeping her father in prison, and proving her innocence, the more she falls into danger. As always, Lock is by her side, and she finds herself relying on him more, but by doing so, he is also put in danger.

    I loved Mori so much! In book 1, she endeared herself to me from the beginning, and this book is no different. She finds herself allowing some weaknesses, as she doesn't have to protect herself and her brothers from her evil father, but once it's clear someone is framing her for murder, and everyone she cares about is in danger, she reverts into a shell, pushing everyone away so they can't be hurt. She's not the typical YA heroine, but her strength is one of her most compelling attributes, and I find myself loving everything she does. I can't wait for the next book to she how she improves and progresses more.

    There is some romance in this book, with Lock and Mori now more open with each other and with their feelings. They don't have many 'in your face' romantic times, but what there is, made me smile at every turn. The book rocked the boat a bit, in terms of their relationship, and I reckon there's more angst to come.

    All in all, this was an amazing follow up to Lock & Mori, and I would urge everyone to go out and get this book!

  • Jaime Arkin
    Nov 11, 2016

    Mind Games picks up shortly after the arrest of Mori’s abusive father … and even though he is behind bars she still doesn’t feel safe! The police have received anonymous tips that implicate Mori in the deaths of the Regent’s Park Killer and she has started to receive threatening notes at her doorstep. Thankfully she has the ever present Lock to lean on and help her figure out who is threatening her safety and innocence. His brilliant (if frustrating) mind will certainly be able to help her deter

    Mind Games picks up shortly after the arrest of Mori’s abusive father … and even though he is behind bars she still doesn’t feel safe! The police have received anonymous tips that implicate Mori in the deaths of the Regent’s Park Killer and she has started to receive threatening notes at her doorstep. Thankfully she has the ever present Lock to lean on and help her figure out who is threatening her safety and innocence. His brilliant (if frustrating) mind will certainly be able to help her determine who is trying to frame her and take her brothers from her life.

    I love books with just the perfect amount of mystery in them, and with a story that involves a young Sherlock and Moriarty you know you have one hell of a mystery to look forward to. I love that Petty doesn’t give a single thing away until she means to and I found myself immersed in the story and trying to figure out who was doing what with every page I turned. It was fruitless, because while things may seem apparent at times, I found that they most certainly were not as telling as I thought.

    I have to mention the romance here because if you know anything about Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty, then you have to be wondering where the heck this aspect of the story is going, because I certainly am. I love Lock and Mori together… the way they just click is wonderfully done… and Lock definitely makes me swoon and the kissing *sigh*. But I am still on the fence with where Mori really stands on her relationship with Lock. You get the feeling that she wants it desperately, and it makes sense for her… as someone who feels like she can count on no one but herself… but she seems to have convinced herself that it just has no future and that makes me sad. SO I’m enjoying the kissing while it’s happening because I feel like there are some things that are going to happen in coming books that might derail it … hopefully only for a short time.

    There is quite a bit of action in this installment as well, so if you’re looking for something fast-paced this will definitely have you hooked. With her father in jail, you’d think a lot of the excitement of the first book might have slowed down a bit, but it seems that he still has some reach and there are a lot of other people in Mori’s life that cast a bit of suspicion and danger that she is forced to deal with.

    Overall, a wonderful second book in the series that has me looking forward to more! If you are looking for a fast-paced story full of action and intrigue with a touch of romance, I highly recommend this series.

    Thank you to the publisher for an early copy in exchange for my honest thoughts!

  • Isa Lavinia
    Dec 21, 2016

    Another amazing book by Heather W. Petty, and a worthy sequel at that!

    We get right back to where we left: Mori's father is behind bars and she's trying to piece her life back together.

    Her mother's friend, Alice, comes to stay so the kids don't have to be put in the system, as we were given to hope in the last book.

    Sherlock is trying very hard to patch up his relationship with Mori after the events from the last book and their relationship is super cute wh

    Another amazing book by Heather W. Petty, and a worthy sequel at that!

    We get right back to where we left: Mori's father is behind bars and she's trying to piece her life back together.

    Her mother's friend, Alice, comes to stay so the kids don't have to be put in the system, as we were given to hope in the last book.

    Sherlock is trying very hard to patch up his relationship with Mori after the events from the last book and their relationship is super cute while being completely unobtrusive within the plot at the same time. I love it when romance is written like this!

    It seems, however, that Mori cannot rest yet. Someone is trying to frame her for her father's murders and the police aren't making things easier since they believe they need to protect Mori's abusive serial killer father since he is one of their own.

    It's so frustrating, but so important to see this reaction from the authorities to domestic abusive, and I love how Heather W. Petty didn't skirt around this issue or tried to diminish it in any way. It is there in all its disgusting and revolting glory.

    I also loved how feminist Mori is, and how her relationship with Lock hinges on her choices without any manipulation or demand from him to do things for their ~love~. He always respected her choices even when he didn't like them and this type of relationship is so important, especially in YA. This needs to be normalised instead of those sick abusive "relationships" so often written across all genres.

    The only reason this book isn't getting 5 stars is because it leans quite heavily on a trope I particularly dislike: the

    trope (WARNING: that link will take you to tv tropes where you may end up trapped for days).

    It's a nice trope for angst and it's often seen when it comes to tortured and clueless male heroes - the thing is, I feel that Mori, even though she's so young, is too clever to waste so much time on this trope.

    That being said, it's still an excellent book and I highly recommend it! I didn't guess the plot twist at all!

    Can't wait for the next one!

  • Nastassja
    Dec 11, 2016
  • Tamara
    Jan 06, 2017

    3.5 stars.

    I'm still reading this series even though I suspect it's going to end unhappily. Why do I do that? I felt a slight hope at the end of the first book, but I don't feel that upon finishing this one.

    Mori frustrated me throughout the book; it's like she was determined to sabotage herself. I understand she didn't trust the police because of their camaraderie with her father. But running from crime scene after crime scene? She knew they'd discover the crimes and find evidence of her there, a

    3.5 stars.

    I'm still reading this series even though I suspect it's going to end unhappily. Why do I do that? I felt a slight hope at the end of the first book, but I don't feel that upon finishing this one.

    Mori frustrated me throughout the book; it's like she was determined to sabotage herself. I understand she didn't trust the police because of their camaraderie with her father. But running from crime scene after crime scene? She knew they'd discover the crimes and find evidence of her there, and yet she still tried to run and hide. Did she want to appear guilty at every turn? Because that's what was happening. She was also so focused on the perceived necessity that she kill her father upon his impending release from jail that she refused to accept that there might be other ways to keep her brothers (and everyone else) safe.

    I became more fond of Lock, however. I was happy with his unwillingness to allow More to push him away, as she kept attempting. And yet he also didn't expect her to give him more than she was able. I only hope he figures out what actually happened at the end of the book rather than making the assumption she thought he would. And I wish he'd stop smoking--bleh.

    How it ends:

    I don't know. I want to hope that there's some type of happiness (and togetherness) at the end of this, but I'm having trouble believing there will be. I suspect I'll hate the last book, but I plan to read it anyway. Just in case.

    Note: Some swearing.

  • Sable London
    Dec 25, 2016

    Mind Games starts only two weeks after the events of the last book. James "Mori" Moriarty finds herself in a bit of a mess as her family is constantly the target of a media smear campaign, a police department who seems to have a grudge against her as well as anonymous threatening letters that appear at her doorstep. Sherlock Holmes has constantly tried to be by her side and get back into her good graces, much to her annoyance. However, the two will have to find a way to work together if Mori wan

    Mind Games starts only two weeks after the events of the last book. James "Mori" Moriarty finds herself in a bit of a mess as her family is constantly the target of a media smear campaign, a police department who seems to have a grudge against her as well as anonymous threatening letters that appear at her doorstep. Sherlock Holmes has constantly tried to be by her side and get back into her good graces, much to her annoyance. However, the two will have to find a way to work together if Mori wants to stop her father from being released from Prison as well as find a new killer who's only goal seems to be to frame Mori for her father's crimes.

    This second book has the same great characters as the first, the same tone as the first (surprisingly just as dark) and does have a rather interesting, albeit somewhat predictable, mystery. The book, however, does tend to meander a bit. It focuses a lot on the relationship between Mori and Sherlock quite a bit more. Which, while interesting and more established than the first book, can be a little grating by the seventh time that Mori mentions she can't be with Sherlock while still being with Sherlock. The book also suffers with dragging out the mystery until the very end of the book, leading to most of the book simply forgetting it exists until someone brings it up again.

    There are a lot of great scenes with Sherlock in this book that we didn't really get in the first book. Although Mori is the main character, most of the character development is focused on Sherlock and his determination to not only keep going forward but to try to keep Mori safe and by his side. Mori definitely gets darker as a character, as her entire determination is focused around killing her father, as it was by the ending of the last book.

    Once again, the book totes that this is a Sherlock Holmes/James Moriarty story. And once again, there is very little that connects this to the classic stories. Arguably, there are more references in this book than were in the last, including a mention of a group of criminals that were hypothetically run by Mori, another mention of Watson and Gregson. However, anyone looking for a direct adaptation will again be highly disappointed. Take this story as it's own story. Don't try to compare it to the Sherlock Holmes novels.

    If you liked the first book, you'll definitely like Mind Games, which plays less like another story and more like a continuation of the first book. The biggest flaw about the book is the painful cliffhanger ending. Otherwise, it's just as fun as the last book, if not more and I highly recommend it for a quick and enjoyable read.

  • Cynthia
    Dec 29, 2016

    Twisty, turny, tingly-up-the-back-of-your-neck creepy, Mind Games was a pretty decent mystery novel. It wasn't the most fast paced, more of a suspense novel than a thriller, but I enjoyed the clues and the creepy messages- everything a good mystery needs. Definitely ended on a cliffhanger, the circumstances of which I'm still a little miffed at, but otherwise, the plot was decent.

    In terms of cons: A little over-dramatic. Too much smoking (again), and a lot of emotional wishy-washy. I don't know.

    Twisty, turny, tingly-up-the-back-of-your-neck creepy, Mind Games was a pretty decent mystery novel. It wasn't the most fast paced, more of a suspense novel than a thriller, but I enjoyed the clues and the creepy messages- everything a good mystery needs. Definitely ended on a cliffhanger, the circumstances of which I'm still a little miffed at, but otherwise, the plot was decent.

    In terms of cons: A little over-dramatic. Too much smoking (again), and a lot of emotional wishy-washy. I don't know. I didn't have any very strong emotions about this book, but it was definitely a decent read.

  • MJ
    Jan 20, 2017

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    FYI, if you read Ellie Marney’s Every series you’ll probably be slightly disappointed with the Lock and Mori series (though there are other reasons to be disappointed in it, that I’ll get to in a bit). The thing is the Every trilogy is a thing of beauty sort of like the TV show, Sherlock. The Lock and Mori series in turn reminds me of the CBS series, Elementary. It has some awesome moment, BUT it doesn’t live up to the alternative series and has some major flaws

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    FYI, if you read Ellie Marney’s Every series you’ll probably be slightly disappointed with the Lock and Mori series (though there are other reasons to be disappointed in it, that I’ll get to in a bit). The thing is the Every trilogy is a thing of beauty sort of like the TV show, Sherlock. The Lock and Mori series in turn reminds me of the CBS series, Elementary. It has some awesome moment, BUT it doesn’t live up to the alternative series and has some major flaws. It should also be pointed out that, this series takes the whole Sherlock/Moriarty trope that Elementary did so there’s that.

    What did I enjoy: this book is very readable. Once I had time to actually read it, I think I finished it within a couple of hours. The plot is not that outrageously hard to follow, but it’s intricate enough to keep you engaged so there’s that as well.

    What I didn’t like…well, in hindsight its going to sound like a lot. BUT the book really wasn’t that bad. I think what really annoyed me was how unnecessary Sherlock’s presence was. Hell, this could’ve been about Moriarity’s gradual descent into becoming a sociopath and it would’ve been fine. Better even. Trying to include the romance just seems sort of forced, and I’m really over them. Plus, I really wondered why Sherlock even was in the novel.

    I also didn’t care for the characterization of both leads. They’re supposed to be smart, but man are they dense in this. And Moriarity is supposed to be a cold hearted SOB. Even in the last installment she showed more glimpses of darkness than in here than here. Hell, it was kind of embarrassingly naive both she and Lock were. I guess Petty wanted to make her more sympathetic by having her face these moral dilemmas that she didn’t necessary agree with, but based off of what we saw in the last book she should’ve been able to hold her own a bit more.

    I know that the flaws I pointed out sort of sound like deal breakers and they might be if you want a “purer” retelling. Here’s the thing though, if I didn’t focus on these aspects that much the book enjoyed it. If this was just about a teen from an abusive home and had a boyfriend that was interested in criminology I might’ve found it to be decent. Especially had the first installment not been released and said MC wasn’t already developing signs of becoming a mastermind sociopath and turned those signs around to being an idiot in this one.

    Sigh.

  • LB
    Jan 27, 2017

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    I have to admit, after the first Lock and Mori book, I didn’t have any intention of continuing this series. But then came Sherlock series 4 and my subsequent withdrawal. While I’m working my way through the original Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories, it didn’t feel like enough. And then this novel’s release date was so conveniently timed. Well… what can I say?

    For most people, having their parent in jail would be one of

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    I have to admit, after the first Lock and Mori book, I didn’t have any intention of continuing this series. But then came Sherlock series 4 and my subsequent withdrawal. While I’m working my way through the original Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories, it didn’t feel like enough. And then this novel’s release date was so conveniently timed. Well… what can I say?

    For most people, having their parent in jail would be one of the worst ideas imaginable. For Mori, it’s the best she could have hoped for. But her killer father has no intention of staying in jail, or playing nice while he’s behind bars. To make matters worse, Mori must deal with a new string of crimes which link back to her.

    While the romance in this novel is still vastly overrated (there’s no chemistry and it adds little to the story apart from a few pages to the page count), I liked the plot. The whodunit kept me guessing to the end. And though the reveal felt a bit out of left field, the characters were developed just enough to make it feel realistic. This novel, however, needs more emotion. There is a lot going on in this story, not just for Mori but for Sherlock as well. And while Lock and Mori both show insanely high IQs, but are written to struggle with the happenings in this novel. But though the narrative says they are distraught, I didn’t pull the emotions away from the story. Both characters felt clinical.

    Lock & Mori in no way compares with the original Sherlock Holmes series or with the Sherlock TV series. I would say, however, since it features one male character with a gender swap a la Elementary, it by far surpasses what little entertainment value I could stomach of the few episodes of Elementary I was able to watch. Definitely geared to the young adult crowd, but I think some older audiences also dealing with a Sherlock withdrawal will enjoy.

  • Shandi Leonard
    Jan 28, 2017

    I won Lock & Mori from a giveaway on goodreads so I didn't read the first book before this one. This book was great. I've always loved Sherlock mysteries and this one is no different. The whole book was full of suspense, humour and love and I couldn't put it down. I don't want to give away too much of the book but then it comes to a serial killer father, three younger brothers, Sherlock, more mysterious deaths and being blamed for someone else's murder it makes for an amazing read. There is

    I won Lock & Mori from a giveaway on goodreads so I didn't read the first book before this one. This book was great. I've always loved Sherlock mysteries and this one is no different. The whole book was full of suspense, humour and love and I couldn't put it down. I don't want to give away too much of the book but then it comes to a serial killer father, three younger brothers, Sherlock, more mysterious deaths and being blamed for someone else's murder it makes for an amazing read. There is a cliff hanger at the end that had my heart wrenching and it makes me needing more of this series!!!