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Seneca is the complete package. He's smart, sexy, and confident, much to Chevy's annoyance. They've worked with each other for two years, and even though Chevy might secretly find his partner charming and attractive, playful harassment is all they have.

Chevy was born with a unique gift that allows him to go into the memories of others. As detective, he uses this ability to find peace for victims who have been hurt or attacked. He delves into their memories and can pick out minute details that will help them put the criminal behind bars.

But neither Chevy nor Seneca are prepared when they are asked to go into the mind of a serial killer in hopes of finding survivors. They are even more unprepared for the monsters they find inside the man's mind. Drawn into a memory where it's hard to figure out where the truth exists, they realize that there may be more to the serial killer than they originally thought. The dark world draws the two men together in a way they never dreamed. It will take everything Chevy and Seneca can give to stop the darkness that could consume their minds. As the two are forced to face what is keeping them apart, together they realize that there's more to the mind and heart than either of them know.

©2019 Alice Winters (P)2019 Tantor

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  • groa
  • 12-01-2020

Joel Leslie

I want to dedicate this review to Joel Leslie , this is a really good book, it is clever, funny, scary and has an exiting plot, and it has so much to do with the narrator ! This is him at his best, with a lot of humor and passion.
I really like this author and i hope it will always be Joel Leslie who narrates these books.
Much love from the north of Norway

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  • Aerielle
  • 31-12-2019

So good

Holy cow!! What a trip!!! The thing I love about Alice’s books is that they have the potential to be very dark but she’s a master at weaving comic relief throughout so the story doesn’t feel so heavy.
I love Seneca and Chevy relationship. Seneca is seemingly carefree and Chevy is more stoic and reserved but they complement each other amazingly!!
Joel Leslie did a fantastic job with this audiobook like always!!

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  • Judith L. Butler
  • 06-01-2020

goosebumps and belly laughs

while this is primarily a great psychological thriller, it's also one of the funniest books I've listened to in a very long time! the snark between Chevy and Seneca will keep you laughing out loud. definitely get this book - you'll love it! I can't wait to see more of these two!!

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  • SassiKassi
  • 27-03-2020

I don’t even

Know what to write about this story. At first, I thought it was going to be too weird for me, but then about a quarter of the way through, I got sucked in and really enjoyed it.
I can say it’s definitely different than anything else I’ve read. I kinda felt like I was on an acid trip part of the time. If you’re looking for something different, this is it.
Seneca and Chevy are great together. And Alice’s signature humor is present. As always, Joel Leslie performs perfectly.

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  • Fey Gilo
  • 13-01-2020

Fantastic and so twisted

I usually don’t like horror and stuff like that but this walked a really fine line between hysterical and horrifying. I wouldn’t say I’m easily squeamish or anything but I don’t like being scared. This brought a lot of all of that to the table. But Alice Winters’ whit shine through. And Joel Leslie was brilliant in this performance

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  • 12-01-2020

Serial Killers, Romance and Banter oh my!

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Narrator Joel Leslie gave a marvelous well-rounded performance stuffed with dramatic superhuman gifted ones, tension and dark moments in this exceptional contemporary romance. Joel does a decent job to deliver a memorable performance of this twisted tale about Chevy and Seneca who are caught off guard while going into the mind of a serial killer in hopes of finding missing survivors. Not, only are they unrehearsed, they underestimated his capabilities to suck them deeper into the killers’ web of mind fucks.

The plot is different than usual, at times I had to rewind to make sure I understand what I heard. It has lots of intrinsic twists and turns, and I think the author was able to accomplish what she set out do do. It was unpredictable and the mood was a mixture between dark, hilarious and then back to baffled seriousness.

The sexy times were hot, and it almost felt like time was cut out of the business of the plot to give us that. I’m not complaining about it, the side romance and banter between the two co-workers created a much enjoyable dark romantic comedy.

I do recommend this audiobook, I look forward to hear book 2.

Happy Listening

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  • Kelly
  • 17-01-2020

Well done Joel!!

This book was hilarious, a bit creepy and definitely enjoyable. But the narration was simply brilliant.

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  • Diane
  • 02-01-2020

Awesome start to a new series

OMG I loved this book. I have read a lot of books that can be considered paranormal but I have never read one that deals with entering minds to view their memories. Chevy has the gift and Seneca, who I absolutely adored, is his partner. To a certain extent, Seneca can mimic others gifts. Seneca goes in the minds with Chevy as his back up to help get him out should something happen as well as being a back up to what Chevy sees. Two reports are always better than one. They are called in to go into the mind of a serial killer to see if there are victims left alive after he is captured. And when they enter his mind, they are dropped down a deep rabbit hole not knowing what is real and what isn't. You see Page has a gift that hasn't been seen before, he can manipulate others minds. This kept me on the edge of my seat worried that they may never get out. I have to say that when all was said and done, I felt so sorry for Page, the serial killer, and what he went through. This was a great investigation and I never figured out, not even close, why Page did what he did. Seneca cracked me up to no end with his wise cracks, sexual innuendos and flirtatious shenanigans. Chevy and Seneca made a great couple, once Chevy got out of his own way & accepted Seneca. I highly recommended this one!!

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  • Alaina
  • 18-05-2021

Good premise, character development needs work

I really enjoyed the mystery with horror elements. And Joel Leslie, the narrator, did a great job. But I found Seneca to be obnoxious and off putting. I usually appreciate Winters’ blend of humor and flirting but this time around it was out of control. Seneca seems to have only one register and it’s sexual harassment. Even when trapped in the mind of a serial killer, all he can seem to do is demand to make out. It’s gets better when we finally get some back story, but by the time that happens more than halfway through the book, I was out of patience with him. Maybe it needed to be clearer that Chevy actually enjoyed the flirting despite what he claimed or Seneca needed a few more redeeming qualities, like being able to focus on his job instead of being a walking, talking erection, but I found him nearly unbearable.

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  • Shelby holder
  • 01-03-2021

Prepare to have your mind messed with

This book was extremely creative and scared me to the point that my heart was racing. The main characters were hilarious and I love the teasing and interactions between Chevy and Seneca. And don't get me started on the main villian with his messed up mind and the twist reason why he was doing all of this. This book was scary, a thrill seeker, and just down right fantastic! Please give this book a chance if you ever come across it, and for love of all that is good please if you like audiobooks get this one. Joel does a fantastic job with the characters and kept me on the edge of my seat with his narration. 10 out of 10 would definitely recommand.

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  • elly gausden
  • 30-07-2020

Tedious with horrid characters

I wanted to like this, I like the idea, and the story was kind of clever, but it could have been told in about half the time. The characters all seem like awful human beings, irritating at best, sexual harassing at worst.

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  • Danielle Maria
  • 06-10-2021

So glad I continued with this!

This is the last of Alice Winters currently available series that I have listened to. My introduction to Alice's work were the insanely funny Hitman books, and I have enjoyed her other series which are also hilariously chaotic romps which never fail to have me laughing throughout. The In the Mind series seemed different, and I wasn't sure if I would like it, so left it until last.

Early on in the book I turned it off, and wasn't sure I was going to turn it back on again. I have no stomach for even the mildest horror, and this scared the s**t out of me! It didn't help that I was listening quite late at night. I had to put on a bit of Hitman to stop feeling scared! The next day I put on my big girl's pants and tried again, and I'm so glad that I did.

Within the Mind is an experience for those not used to books that tend more towards psychological thrillers. At one point I had to download the kindle book because I thought there was a mistake on the audio (there wasn't). It was very disorientating, you didn't know what was reality, what was a memory or what was a dream. I'm impressed that Alice was able to keep track of what was going on, and tied off all the strings neatly at the end.

Chevy and Seneca are a classic Alice Winters pairing. They reminded me of Miles and Havoc from the Demon Magic series. Alice has such a talent for writing stories full of action and humour, while also making clear the love and devotion between two characters without any maudlin sentiment.

Joel Leslie is a favourite narrator for me, and he was perfect for this book. He definitely made the book even more terrifying than it already was! I would have appreciated a bit more sound level control on the recording. There was a part where Joel quickly switched back and forth between whispering and shouting, and I thought he might blow out my eardrums!

Overall, a really good listen, and I'll move on to book two when I'm feeling brave enough!

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 26-03-2021

Enjoyable Story

The concept is interesting and well written. The characters are likeable and the narration is good.

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  • Aussiebumwearer
  • 25-01-2021

Just Loved It!! 🥰


The MC’s are brilliant - just love their dynamic.

The storyline is excellent, the psychological aspect alone is so well written.

Joel Leslie narrates this and encapsulates the MC’s expertly as usual. Wouldn’t expect anything less😁

So worth 5🌟’s

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  • Lisa Hughes
  • 06-02-2020

I loved everything about this book

Alice Winters is an amazing author so when I see anything by her it's an automatic buy for me. This is the first book in a new series and the characters are absolutely awesome. Chevy is wonderfully caustic and Seneca is sunshine and has the most amazing lines. The book is funny, sweet, romantic and absolutely freaking terrifying at times. The baddie is so creepy!
Joel Leslie does a fantastic job with the voices and the accents. He can be snarky and hilarious one minute, and scary as heck another.
Great book all round.

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 03-01-2020

Loved it

Had me freaking out and then laughing out loud withing the same sentences. Alice winters has an amazing collection of books all of which I love, they're hilarious and sometimes very sweet and I really can't wait to listen to more. I had trouble liking Jole Leslie's narration when I first came across him but found that by speeding up the narration the aspects I didn't like disappeared

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