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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Mind's Echo falls into the suspense, mystery, and thriller subgenres, and forms the first installment of the Dr. Theo Raden series of medical thriller novels. The work is best suited to mature adult readers owing to scenes of a sexual nature and the use of explicit language throughout. Penned by Douglas Vaughn, this tense and engrossing novel takes us into the complex lives of a doctor and patient, brought together by the strange memory problems that the patient claims to be suffering from. Sophia LaCross looks back on the tattered remnants of her life with fear, whilst her amnesia gives Dr. Theo Raden pause to reconsider his own life and the pressures put on him from all sides.
Douglas Vaughn has crafted an intimate and emotive interpersonal drama that handles a lot of interesting and complex psychology, and this realism sinks deeply into the plot and makes you root for the characters as they try to find their way through the mire of their lives. I was intrigued by the unreliability of Sophia as a core character, and it certainly makes for a tense mystery and thriller plot when you’re not sure that you can believe a word she says. As the more concrete clues come together, we see Theo risking a lot to try to help Sophia, and his motivations muddy the waters in a beautifully complex fashion. Overall, The Mind's Echo is a must-read for fans of psychological and medical thrillers, but also anyone who enjoys fully-realized characters locked in a complex emotive drama.