Allie, Mary, Valencia, and Sheila were pretty occupied with their lives. They were working, partying, and moving on, drama-free. Everything seemed to be going linear. At least that’s what they thought. And for a while, it was even true.
One night, Sheila has a very vivid dream about Allie. Not knowing who to talk to, she ends up telling Valencia, just for the sake of feeling lighter. But things took a different turn. Because little did she know, bad dreams sometimes come to reality.
From then on, everything good about their lives collapsed. From losing a husband to uncovering family secrets, everything circling in these ladies’ lives seems to have a story of complex emotions and magic—a story falling into place one by one. But this is just the beginning.
Will these ladies, once again, be defeated at the hands of fate? Or maybe this time, it’s war.
If you like Valerie Wilson Wesley or Terri McMillan, you will love The Core.
A Fiction Novel with Suspense, Mystery and Twists
Revealing suspense and mystery, The Mind novel is one of the first fiction books of a series. The main character, Sheila Leclaire, has it all. She is well accomplished with several close friends. Although one of her friends lives close by, most are living a distance from Sheila and across the United States. She became reacquainted with her girlfriends from high school, and she keeps in touch.
Sheila’s life in Sommerville, Virginia takes a turn when she becomes haunted by voices, which are chilling, to say the least. While taking a glimpse into her character, we see that Sheila leads a normal ordinary life as an investment banker. But, there is much more to her past which gives cause to her struggle with the voices.
Certainly, the brightest victories often lie in the darkest places. For instance, luckily, with the help of a longstanding friend, Sheila overcomes the struggle to find the root of her illness, and she becomes well with her friend’s guidance.
In attempting to think back to her childhood, Sheila’s memory failed her. But, her past was remarkable because it holds astounding truths. Those truths, which shocked her during the retelling, will similarly shock the reader and enlighten about the reason for her condition.
The Mind Sequel
This first novel is one of a series of fiction books, and it sets forth the life of Sheila Leclaire. The Mind has suspense, mystery and twists. That is to say, it is truly the basis of what to expect with the next novel.
Therefore, make sure you are ready to delve deeper into the characters of The Mind and read the first of the fiction books in the series filled with suspense, mystery and twists. As a result, you will have the background information for the second book. Further, it will also be filled with more suspense, mystery and twists.
“In her energetic series opener, Foster certainly delivers an intriguing premise and addresses timely and important issues.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A debut novel analyzes how the mind processes childhood trauma and examines its effects.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A psychological tale with a messy plot.” — Kirkus Reviews
The following is a recent review for The Mind novel that I received in August 2021 from Kalyan Panja of BookMarkks:
Today I bring you my impressions of The Mind, a novel by Gloria Foster, a game of mirrors where everything can be real or illusory at the same time. For me it has been my first approach with this author and I have had a great time reading this book. It is true that when I got this novel, I was expecting something else, but the path it has taken me has pleased me and above all, it has surprised me.
We are going to attend a reading that is not at a frenetic pace, but it is not necessary, since the author combines a plot that puzzles and that you want to know more about. The plot has an atmosphere that will make us relive the childhood of Sheila Leclaire, an investment banker who lives in Sommerville, Virginia.
Haunted by voices of events that occurred in her childhood, we find Sheila is a tenacious and we could even say obsessive woman. In Sheila’s story real things are mixed, dreams, and a lot of imagination. The same author gives us the key.
The book is seasoned with an evening dose of social denunciation (no more concrete so as not to spoil, but if you have read it you will understand me perfectly) and takes place in Sommerville, which becomes a silent character.
Throughout the novel we will gradually discover the world of Sheila, all the people around her, who were not many, and how each one of them seems to tell something. And it is that the author knows how to attract attention and that you devour the story.
The plot will catch you from those first moments in which we will meet Sheila, and we will not be able to stop reading, because you think that you are going to read a couple of chapters turn into 14, since you are hopelessly trapped in that plot that Gloria has created trying to find the meaning of everything that happens.
Together with Sheila we will get to know other characters who, although they do not have a leading role, contribute important things to the story. Above all, they help us understand Sheila’s personality.
From the first moment we enter a plot that takes us from one event to another. Gloria Foster gets us to devour the book, because you will want to know what is behind Sheila’s past. Through chapters titled with simple language and constant dialogues we find out about her life.
This is, broadly speaking, the premise of a novel that articulates its plot in a total of fourteen short chapters. Many of these short chapters’ end with such an unknown. In this it seems to me that this author is one of the best. And be careful, as I said, the ending is quite coherent, that is to say that it is not that complicated to find out.
Starting from these premises, the novel continues in a tight way. The writer is very skilled in gradually revealing the details that allow the reader to delve into the enigma. There is no blood, there are no serial killers and there are no monsters. Yet, the sense of unease immediately grips the reader.
The Mind has a story that hooks, not only because of the plot but also because of the way it is told, very well defined by its author that it makes it easy for you to read it. And in this book in particular it is the ravines and labyrinths of the human mind, its unpredictability, that generate in the reader the sense of estrangement.
We are constantly on the borderline that separates the rational from the irrational, sanity from madness, the most reassuring explanation from the most fearful one. Perhaps what has convinced me the most about the novel is how it is narrated.
The use of an omniscient narrator has made me distance myself a bit from the characters and see everything as a spectator. The characters, barely have outlined the lines that surround them, but in this case it is not necessary to create tension, because with the brief brushstrokes offered by each of them is enough for us to have an idea of the role they are going to play.
Of course, we must recognize that The Mind, does not have a frenetic rhythm, but does manage to keep the reader continue reading one more chapter. Drawn with a prose without frills and an agile narrative, whose tension is correctly dosed, Gloria Foster has concocted a misty story.
The plot leads us to think of a simple story, but as we move forward the doubt is forged, creating an ambiguous residue. It does not let you take anything for granted, small drops that make you believe that there is much more, the author’s pen. It is simply intriguing and easy to follow but we are not talking about a light reading.
This review can be found at https://bookmarkks.blogspot.com/2021/08/book-review-mind-gloria-foster.html.