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Still reeling from her young son's death, Jackie Sheppard retreats to a small town in the Colorado Rockies. Comforted that no one knows of her tragic past, she's thrilled to take a job at family law firm, where she meets Tom, the local carpenter. Jackie's distrust of others hinders their relationship, but they slowly build a budding romance. However, as she begins to settle Still reeling from her young son's death, Jackie Sheppard retreats to a small town in the Colorado Rockies. Comforted that no one knows of her tragic past, she's thrilled to take a job at family law firm, where she meets Tom, the local carpenter. Jackie's distrust of others hinders their relationship, but they slowly build a budding romance. However, as she begins to settle into her new life, disturbing things start happening to Jackie--objects are moved around her house, an indentation of a body appears on her freshly made bed, and a bouquet of wildflowers are inexplicably left by her door. With eccentric residents in the town, Jackie dismisses the oddities, but as Tom's checkered background reveals that his wife and child were murdered, Jackie believes she may be the next target of a sadistic killer. Acclaimed for its strong characters and thrilling plot, MIND TRYST is Robyn Carr's only psychological suspense novel. Delighting fans of suspense since 1993, it will continue to leave readers looking over their shoulders long after they've turned the last page.


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Still reeling from her young son's death, Jackie Sheppard retreats to a small town in the Colorado Rockies. Comforted that no one knows of her tragic past, she's thrilled to take a job at family law firm, where she meets Tom, the local carpenter. Jackie's distrust of others hinders their relationship, but they slowly build a budding romance. However, as she begins to settle Still reeling from her young son's death, Jackie Sheppard retreats to a small town in the Colorado Rockies. Comforted that no one knows of her tragic past, she's thrilled to take a job at family law firm, where she meets Tom, the local carpenter. Jackie's distrust of others hinders their relationship, but they slowly build a budding romance. However, as she begins to settle into her new life, disturbing things start happening to Jackie--objects are moved around her house, an indentation of a body appears on her freshly made bed, and a bouquet of wildflowers are inexplicably left by her door. With eccentric residents in the town, Jackie dismisses the oddities, but as Tom's checkered background reveals that his wife and child were murdered, Jackie believes she may be the next target of a sadistic killer. Acclaimed for its strong characters and thrilling plot, MIND TRYST is Robyn Carr's only psychological suspense novel. Delighting fans of suspense since 1993, it will continue to leave readers looking over their shoulders long after they've turned the last page.

30 review for Mind Tryst

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bren

    "I wasn't afraid of my past; I was haunted. There's a difference." Robyn Carr-Mind Tryst All the stars for this great literary mystery! Mind Tryst is a mystery with soul. It's poignant and intense with an amazing cast of characters and a story that will haunt the reader every bit as the people in this book. So this is among my favorites. But it is not just the mystery that makes it so. I've read hundreds of mysteries. I may even have read thousands. It is the characters and atmosphere every bit as mu "I wasn't afraid of my past; I was haunted. There's a difference." Robyn Carr-Mind Tryst All the stars for this great literary mystery! Mind Tryst is a mystery with soul. It's poignant and intense with an amazing cast of characters and a story that will haunt the reader every bit as the people in this book. So this is among my favorites. But it is not just the mystery that makes it so. I've read hundreds of mysteries. I may even have read thousands. It is the characters and atmosphere every bit as much as the plot. Mind Tryst is scary and eerie but it also a story of survival. Jackie Shepard is an independent and fiery woman, an attorney, who has tragically lost her son. She is also tough and strong. She has come to the mountains to make a new life for herself. Jackie is about as strong as it gets and it was a joy to read about her. But as she explains as she narrates, one can still be strong..and run into a nightmare. This is what happens to Jackie. It happens in such a subtle manner. But it does happen and how she chooses to deal with the situation at hand will have you rooting for her as much as shivering as you read about the slowly engulfing menace in the sleepy mountain town she now dwells in. This book also takes place in Colorado. The author actually makes the state of Colorado one of the characters. The vivid descriptions of the stirringly beautiful mountain town made feel like I was there. (I have visited Colorado and it is every bit as stunning as it is portrayed in the book). Then there are the characters. What a wonderful wacky awesome group of supporting characters! They were all so interesting. Very rarely do I read about characters, even a few that are only in a few scenes, whose names I remember and who I am hungry to read more about. They could have their own book or television series! This book is about strength and loss and terror and survival. It really is one of the best mysteries I have ever read. SPOILERS:(Just a few) The twists I did not see and it was a pretty terrifying story overall. I was always hoping the author would write a part two as I was eager to know where Jackie wound up. Five stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Mind Tryst is an audiobook I’ve had on TBR for several years. I loved Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series but kept putting off reading this mystery/thriller. I’m glad I finally did as it was a good book with lots of unusual aspects. The main character moves to a small town to leave her grief behind, meets a seemingly nice man, but soon decides he isn’t what he seems. From there, all kinds of weird, dark, and creepy things happen. This is not the best thriller I have ever read, but I think if Carr w Mind Tryst is an audiobook I’ve had on TBR for several years. I loved Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series but kept putting off reading this mystery/thriller. I’m glad I finally did as it was a good book with lots of unusual aspects. The main character moves to a small town to leave her grief behind, meets a seemingly nice man, but soon decides he isn’t what he seems. From there, all kinds of weird, dark, and creepy things happen. This is not the best thriller I have ever read, but I think if Carr wanted to switch directions in her career, she could make a go of it. I thought this was recently written and was surprised to find that it was written in 1992, probably before any of her popular romance books. The narrator of the book was Christina Traister, whose voice was a little monotone. Otherwise, she did an okay job. I gave this 3 ½ stars rounded down to 3.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Aken

    Compelling: it must be, because I read Robyn Carr’s ‘Mind Tryst’ under rather trying circumstances. In a nutshell, I was doing a read-aloud edit of the last two books of my fantasy trilogy, spending a great deal of time in deep reading. That meant my energy, interest in and time for other reading was pretty minimal. But this book, which I had started before I commenced with my own work, wouldn’t let me go. I had to know. I had to get to the end. The narrative character, Jackie, a lawyer from LA w Compelling: it must be, because I read Robyn Carr’s ‘Mind Tryst’ under rather trying circumstances. In a nutshell, I was doing a read-aloud edit of the last two books of my fantasy trilogy, spending a great deal of time in deep reading. That meant my energy, interest in and time for other reading was pretty minimal. But this book, which I had started before I commenced with my own work, wouldn’t let me go. I had to know. I had to get to the end. The narrative character, Jackie, a lawyer from LA who moves to a small town to escape the grief that follows the death of her child, finds herself caught up in a mystery that is at first only odd and disconcerting but slowly builds to become menacing and life-threatening. The relationships in this novel, good and bad, are very well written. The characters all come alive on the page. The reader is introduced to a wide gathering of city slickers and small town folk, and given enough information to permit empathy with all. This is a psychological thriller with real bite. It’s a page-turner; an involving read. I found myself compelled to discover the secrets hidden in the twists and turns. Sympathy and suspicion vie with each other for the two main characters as Carr skilfully weaves a complex and changing, but ultimately credible story leading to a high-tension ending. There are touches of lightness and even humour to ease the reader through the story. Women readers in particular should beware of reading this if alone in the house, unless they wish to spend the night awake. If you enjoy your thrillers with real characters, believable scenarios and accurate, well-researched settings, you’ll enjoy this story. I thoroughly recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    KathyB

    I enjoyed this audiobook, but it's definitely not your typical Robyn Carr novel. It's mostly suspense/mystery with no romance. The heroine is dealing with the death of her son (not a spoiler, this is stated at the beginning) and is trying to rebuild her life. Since I was expecting something like a Virgin River novel I was a little disappointed. Thankfully the novel has a well developed plot, and fleshed out characters. I wasn't sure what to expect, I had no idea what was going to happen, which w I enjoyed this audiobook, but it's definitely not your typical Robyn Carr novel. It's mostly suspense/mystery with no romance. The heroine is dealing with the death of her son (not a spoiler, this is stated at the beginning) and is trying to rebuild her life. Since I was expecting something like a Virgin River novel I was a little disappointed. Thankfully the novel has a well developed plot, and fleshed out characters. I wasn't sure what to expect, I had no idea what was going to happen, which was a nice change from my normal HEA novels. I was intrigued throughout, even with the flawed cast of characters. Overall this was a winner for me, it was interesting to see one of Robyn Carr's earlier works. While this isn't a favorite, it was entertaining. For a book which is almost 30 years old, this story holds up. It won't appeal to everyone but I liked it. ** Great narration by Christina Traister.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Greer

    I don't know how this one will end, but 80 pages in, this is the sort of thriller that can keep me up nights. If you are a woman who has ever been in a bad relationship or dated a "damaged" person when you are "damaged" as well, I think this one will speak to you. It is creeping me out so far. The writing is also good. I don't know how this one will end, but 80 pages in, this is the sort of thriller that can keep me up nights. If you are a woman who has ever been in a bad relationship or dated a "damaged" person when you are "damaged" as well, I think this one will speak to you. It is creeping me out so far. The writing is also good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    Excellent book! Wish she had written more like this one. Her writing is like music, it has a rhythm.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A bit predictable but still one of the better suspense thrillers I've read recently. A bit predictable but still one of the better suspense thrillers I've read recently.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    Mind Tryst This is a story of a woman, Jackie who leaves the big city and makes her new home in a small town, Coleman in Colorado. She works at the local lawyers office as she has training in that field. Upon returning one weekend from the city she realizes someone has been in her house and she alerts not only the police but others. She takes precautions against another invasion. Jason Valian, the handyman she had also asked her friend in the big city to check out and she confronts him as to why he Mind Tryst This is a story of a woman, Jackie who leaves the big city and makes her new home in a small town, Coleman in Colorado. She works at the local lawyers office as she has training in that field. Upon returning one weekend from the city she realizes someone has been in her house and she alerts not only the police but others. She takes precautions against another invasion. Jason Valian, the handyman she had also asked her friend in the big city to check out and she confronts him as to why he had changed his name upon relocating to CO. He had prison time... There are others she discards as being the intruder but she doesn't know them well but they are helpful around the property. Jason also is a self taught carpenter. Love how her best friend who's married her ex husband has sent him to help her out-he's also a cop. Brutal and so deceiving as they all learn new clues as to who is doing the killings... I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I found this book at a thrift store and thought "wonder if the author is the one that wrote the Virgin River series". I am glad I knew of Robyn's other books before I read this one. For I would have missed out on one of the best series out there. It is a good idea for a story, but there was too much filler and details that didn't matter. I actually skipped pages and chapters to get to the end. I figured out the real identity of Tom before it was revealed, so it got boring. The twist and turns at I found this book at a thrift store and thought "wonder if the author is the one that wrote the Virgin River series". I am glad I knew of Robyn's other books before I read this one. For I would have missed out on one of the best series out there. It is a good idea for a story, but there was too much filler and details that didn't matter. I actually skipped pages and chapters to get to the end. I figured out the real identity of Tom before it was revealed, so it got boring. The twist and turns at the end were interesting, but not really believable. I love Robyn's other books, but this one is not even worth reading if you are fan let alone not one. To see the true ability of Robyn Carr, turn to her Virgin River or Thunder Point series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. borrowed this book from denise. it was good, one of the few i guessed who did it! it was the carpenter who really was teh killer who escaped. the real dr was in another state. the lady is a lawyer with a x husband who she is friends with and his new wife who is her friend. the son they shared died in a bike vs car accident. she moved to a small town to start over and found this carpenter guy who was evil. he got caught, escaped and she almost killed him, but he was ok and in prision when the boo borrowed this book from denise. it was good, one of the few i guessed who did it! it was the carpenter who really was teh killer who escaped. the real dr was in another state. the lady is a lawyer with a x husband who she is friends with and his new wife who is her friend. the son they shared died in a bike vs car accident. she moved to a small town to start over and found this carpenter guy who was evil. he got caught, escaped and she almost killed him, but he was ok and in prision when the book finished.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This is the first "mystery" I have read by Robyn Carr and I was so engrossed and amazed. It was a page turner with a lot of intrigue, suspense and mystery. Throw in a little hot romance too. I would love to see her write even more mysteries every now and then. As much as I have enjoyed her Virgin River and Thunder Point series, I really loved her writing more of the mystery genre also. I would certainly give this book more than 5 stars if I could. This is the first "mystery" I have read by Robyn Carr and I was so engrossed and amazed. It was a page turner with a lot of intrigue, suspense and mystery. Throw in a little hot romance too. I would love to see her write even more mysteries every now and then. As much as I have enjoyed her Virgin River and Thunder Point series, I really loved her writing more of the mystery genre also. I would certainly give this book more than 5 stars if I could.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lois Kirby

    Mind Tryst Having only read Robin's romance series previously, this book Mind Tryst was not what I expected. It was an interesting and great read. Tom's character was well developed and his true character was as well. The relationship with Jackie was a good play on a woman who was dealing with crisis in her life and the need for a change and her inquisitive nature. Very interesting development with her ex and his family. Fully enjoyed this read. Mind Tryst Having only read Robin's romance series previously, this book Mind Tryst was not what I expected. It was an interesting and great read. Tom's character was well developed and his true character was as well. The relationship with Jackie was a good play on a woman who was dealing with crisis in her life and the need for a change and her inquisitive nature. Very interesting development with her ex and his family. Fully enjoyed this read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    carol hjerpe

    Couldn't put this one down! Couldn't put this one down! Robin Carr really knows how to connect the reader with her characters. But this story was unlike any she's written recently. Really good read that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end! Couldn't put this one down! Couldn't put this one down! Robin Carr really knows how to connect the reader with her characters. But this story was unlike any she's written recently. Really good read that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I have read quite a few Robyn Carr books over the years and find her to be a consistently good author of contemporary romance. As often happens I discovered her in an Christmas romance anthology and liked her writing so much that I sought out more of her books and then shared them with my mom. We have enjoyed many of her romances and I'm always happy to return to her books when I am in the mood for a well-written story. What I didn't know was that Ms. Carr had written a suspense novel, Mind Trys I have read quite a few Robyn Carr books over the years and find her to be a consistently good author of contemporary romance. As often happens I discovered her in an Christmas romance anthology and liked her writing so much that I sought out more of her books and then shared them with my mom. We have enjoyed many of her romances and I'm always happy to return to her books when I am in the mood for a well-written story. What I didn't know was that Ms. Carr had written a suspense novel, Mind Tryst, released in 1992. I don't remember buying this book, but it showed up in my Audible library so I must have done so. I have been trying to catch up on my older Audible purchases so I grabbed this one as a quick stand-alone while I decide on what I want to listen to next. It was challenging at first, mostly because I never looked at the book's summary before listening to it, so I was expecting a romance and not a psychological thriller. I kept thinking, I don't like these people very much and this isn't very romantic. I especially disliked Tom and thought poor Jackie's background was awfully depressing for a romance, too. Finally, I looked at the summary and got on board with the genre. Now, don't get me wrong, I love a good thriller or suspense novel, the problem was, this wasn't a good one. The book was slow to build and then topped out and dropped down into a long slide. I checked and the book was barely halfway through. It kind of muddled around for quite a long time without any contact between Jackie and Tom. There are endless pages of investigation but no real mystery. There is only one suspect for the villain in this book and he's not very engaging or excessively scary. Things finally come to a close, but the pacing was bizarre and the ending came on with a long-drawn-out sigh rather than a bang. I got the impression the author was as bored with the story as I was and couldn't figure out how to end it. It just kept rolling on and on and on without any momentum. I remember when I was a college student I was waiting for a drive in movie to open so I was killing time. I pulled onto a deserted street and pointed my car down the road and took my foot off the gas. I wanted to see how long it would take for the car to come to a stop. Turns out, it doesn't. Unless you aim it uphill or put on the brake, the car gets just enough gas to keep it creeping forward. That's how this book felt. It just wouldn't die. I don't like writing tough reviews for authors I admire, but this isn't a good book. It's barely a mediocre book. I wouldn't recommend it and I gave it three generous stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Wow This book had me on edge from the very beginning, when Tom is introduced he makes my skin crawl. Even though I thought I had the whole thing pretty well figured out about half way through it still kept me interested as there were many questions I couldn't just figure out the answer to. Despite my anticipation of what would come I still about jumped out of my skin a couple times. There were times in the book where I got a little frustrated as I was getting all this day to day life stuff and I j Wow This book had me on edge from the very beginning, when Tom is introduced he makes my skin crawl. Even though I thought I had the whole thing pretty well figured out about half way through it still kept me interested as there were many questions I couldn't just figure out the answer to. Despite my anticipation of what would come I still about jumped out of my skin a couple times. There were times in the book where I got a little frustrated as I was getting all this day to day life stuff and I just wanted to know if I was right and find out how it ended. These moments weren't for nothing though, it helped make the story what it was and build on the characters. I really loved the way it all ended, it wasn't clean and tidy and still left me feeling like I was on the edge of my seat.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Claire A

    This is a tough book to review as it was a tough audiobook to listen to. It’s one of those stories that will take time to absorb & process. It started slow but hooked me quickly, weaving a weird twisted web as it went. I was off balance throughout, alternately sure I’d figured it out then convinced I was wrong. This mirrored the constantly shifting landscape for the heroine. Creepy, brilliant, scary & disturbing kept showing up & skittering away making it impossible to get a grip on everything g This is a tough book to review as it was a tough audiobook to listen to. It’s one of those stories that will take time to absorb & process. It started slow but hooked me quickly, weaving a weird twisted web as it went. I was off balance throughout, alternately sure I’d figured it out then convinced I was wrong. This mirrored the constantly shifting landscape for the heroine. Creepy, brilliant, scary & disturbing kept showing up & skittering away making it impossible to get a grip on everything going on. It ended without really ending, leaving me to wonder how & when it will really end. Whether it will ever end. This was not a dissatisfying conclusion to the story however. All necessary questions were answered. But it lingers.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I was really enjoying this book at the beginning and then I feel like the author just lost what she had going. The story became very preditable and became repetitive. The main character, who I felt started off brave, became weak and annoying. I read the book until the end but I almost gave up on it, and that doesn't happen often to me. Especially with mysteries. I was really enjoying this book at the beginning and then I feel like the author just lost what she had going. The story became very preditable and became repetitive. The main character, who I felt started off brave, became weak and annoying. I read the book until the end but I almost gave up on it, and that doesn't happen often to me. Especially with mysteries.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rahat Mall

    I throughly enjoyed reading this Novel! It kept me hooked throughout! The author so beautifully describes the Protagonists pain of dealing with such a loss, her depression and how she tries to cope with it. Although she’s been through such Heartache, the protagonists Mental strength, Trust in her intuition and level headedness despite having vulnerabilities is what was the high point for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anita Rheinhart

    This is not the normal kind of story I am used to reading from Robyn. I love it though. It makes you stop and think. You don't know whether he is a good guy or bad. You start to think he is a real creep, then you think it is just because of the past. What a twist at the end. I love this. Have read a lot of Robyns books and this one, I definitely didn't want to put down. This is not the normal kind of story I am used to reading from Robyn. I love it though. It makes you stop and think. You don't know whether he is a good guy or bad. You start to think he is a real creep, then you think it is just because of the past. What a twist at the end. I love this. Have read a lot of Robyns books and this one, I definitely didn't want to put down.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Lemay

    Robyn mentioned this in an interview with Brenda Novak so I bought it right away. Once I started reading it I had trouble putting it down. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of romance and a lot of suspense.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    This was good. I didn't know the plot, so initially I was disappointed it was a thriller and not a romance novel, but once I got into it - man! It was a really good book that had me wanting to get back to it quickly. Robyn Carr can write a good book, no matter the genre. This was good. I didn't know the plot, so initially I was disappointed it was a thriller and not a romance novel, but once I got into it - man! It was a really good book that had me wanting to get back to it quickly. Robyn Carr can write a good book, no matter the genre.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Wolf

    Well written and kind of mesmerizing. Main character was very realistic and engaging. Secondary characters equally interesting which usually gets underdeveloped. Interested in reading more of her stuff now!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sparklin

    This was a really good thriller read. All Jackie wanted was to start over in a small town. Things didn't work out how she wanted. If only the police would of listened to her. She and the town would not have went through all the drama. This was a really good thriller read. All Jackie wanted was to start over in a small town. Things didn't work out how she wanted. If only the police would of listened to her. She and the town would not have went through all the drama.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan Fabbre

    Something different for me from Ms Carr Very different. Gruesome. I went from feeling sorry for him to figuring out who he was pretty soon. Quite a frightening story. I probably would not have chosen it if I had known how terrifying it was.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Edwina Callan

    Even though it's very obvious whodunit after only a few pages into the book, I enjoyed it nonetheless. There is something so Bundy-like about the psychopath that I have to wonder if the author based the character on Ted - charmingly creepy with a taste for necrophilia. Even though it's very obvious whodunit after only a few pages into the book, I enjoyed it nonetheless. There is something so Bundy-like about the psychopath that I have to wonder if the author based the character on Ted - charmingly creepy with a taste for necrophilia.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This was so good. A great mind game for the character and reader alike. I was sure I knew who it was and I was right! This is a great read for anyone who likes suspense. Great characters make this story come to life.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Suze

    MIND TRYST Very good psychological thriller, kept me guessing until the end. I enjoyed the setting- a small mountain town in Colorado. A surprising ending.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Bussey

    Kept me going I thought I had this all figured out. It had an unexpected ending. Good book. I will read more books by Robyn Carr.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jim Swike

    A very good mystery, great story line, characters and plot that keeps you turning pages. Ending hints at sequel, which kept it from 5 stars for me. Enjoy!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Sherley

    This certainly wasn't like other books by Me Carr and I loved it! Kept me guessing and thinking "what would I do?" all along. She's one of my favorite authors. Thanks for the great read! This certainly wasn't like other books by Me Carr and I loved it! Kept me guessing and thinking "what would I do?" all along. She's one of my favorite authors. Thanks for the great read!

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