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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Headcase: Shock and Denial by Chris K Jones is the first book in the Headcase series. Andrew Beck is a well-respected doctor and sports psychologist, the first port of call for pro athletes with troubles that need fixing. In fact, the only person whose head he can’t get into and fix is himself. While he has a life many would kill for, he has his own demons to fight. His father was a Masters Golf champion and taught Beck everything he knew about being number one, about getting to the top of his game and staying there. Add to that the physical and emotional abuse Ted Beck dished out to his son, and it’s no wonder Andrew Beck turned his back on his father and golf. The drive to succeed is still deeply embedded in him and he gets drawn into high-stakes gambling and a relationship with an underground club operator. His latest wager leads to murder and blackmail, risking everything he holds dear. Can he win the ultimate mind game or will he lose everything? He is, after all, the best at his game but is his best good enough?
Set in an alternate reality, Headcase: Shock and Denial by Chris K Jones is a suspenseful, exciting story. The prologue sets the scene for what the main protagonist becomes, giving us some insight into Andrew Beck’s mind as we read all about how he gets into other people’s minds. This story is well-written, descriptive, and makes you feel as though you are part of the story. Each chapter leads you neatly onto the next and makes you want to keep reading. There is plenty of action in the story and some twists and turns that will lead you down many dark alleyways before you find the right one. The characters are exciting and well-developed, people you either love or hate, and you will feel every emotion our main character feels. This is an excellent choice for anyone who likes stories full of suspense and is quite a unique take on the genre. Thoroughly enjoyed this, looking forward to book 2.