This is the first book in a trilogy by urban fantasist Carolyn Crane.
Justine thinks she knows she is going to die at any minute, her mother died, after having had a neurosis of 'Vein Star Syndrome' then actually died from it by bleeding out in her brain. Justine often gets a sensation of prickles, a suspicious twinge, followed by stark & utter fear coupled with the complete conviction she is going to die then & there. What follows is hospital appointments, despair, her neurosis though never going away recedes, until the next time. Slowly but surely it's going to get worse, crippling her more & more as time goes on.
She is approached by the enigmatic & powerful Packard who can peer into peoples souls & is willing to help her if she joins his disillusionist team. Which is a way of reforming hardcore criminals that slip through the net & continue their criminal activities without recourse. All she has to do is get close enough to be able to 'zing' them with her neurosis, till eventually they get 'rebooted' to become reformed members of the community.
What you get is a muti-faceted story where everything is not as it first appears, Mind Games grips you with it's undiluted interaction between the different characters, which not only challenges your perceptions but you find yourself doing a complete Uturn on who you think is right & who is in the wrong, but there still is no clear answer. The story stays with you after the last page. I think that is magic & a sign of a talent.
Brilliant premise, inately strong character & a wonderful book.
Cannot wait till the next one. Here's the link --- Double Cross
comes out in Sept 2010 Enjoy....