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Published by Matador, 28
July 2020. ISBN: 978-1-83859493-0 (PB)
Lexa is a twenty-one-year-old transgender drama
student and we meet her when she attends a session with therapist Doctor Anne
Holiday. Lexa had been working for her at the college where she attends but has
been suspended for attacking Becky, a student. The trouble is Becky's mother is
a teacher at the college, so she reported it.
the way home Lexa is approached by a mugger, she fights him off, grabs his
knife and kills him. She is horrified at what she has done and dashes home. However,
another shock is in store for her. When she looks in the mirror, her reflection
starts talking to her. She says her name is Charlie and she is Lexa's mechanism
that takes over when Lexa can't cope and stops her from going mad. She helps
her out from time to time with situations she finds hard to deal with, a good
example is the killing of the mugger. Charlie then appears next to her as a
separate entity, Lexa tells her she wants none of it so Charlie slaps her round
the face with her own hand!
then falls asleep and is aware she is on a beach. Charlie explains it as their
“shared subconscious”. She wants to have her way of doing things now and again
in future as she thinks Lexa is a bit of a wimp. She agrees on condition that
Charlie can make her forget about the killing, but Charlie says she can only
make her forget the details. Reluctantly Lexa agrees.
begins a constant battle between what seems like good and evil as Charlie tries
to take over more and more of Lexa's mind and behaviour. Things get even more
fraught when another manifestation appears named Jasper, who introduces herself
as a more calming influence. Charlie now does battle with two opposing
characters and is more determined than ever to take over completely, but who
Lexa is pushed from one crisis to another can she come out with her mind
intact? Especially when there are more murders!
see from the book jacket that this is classed as being for “Young Adults” and
was written by a young Performing Arts Student. He certainly has a very active
found it very interesting how “inner voices” compete for dominance of the mind.
We all in a sense argue with ourselves from time to time, the author just takes
it that much further!
think young people will enjoy the mental fights, sometimes quite amusing and
recommend it for them especially.
is from Manchester, England. The author has worked with the Octagon Theatre's
youth project and has studied at Bolton College. Mind Set is the
author's second book.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.