It’s taken me some time to sit on this one since I have a lot of significant issues with it.
In the sequel to Petty’s Lock & Mori, Mind Games revolves around the aftermath of the first book in a way that this review can’t really be done without spoilers, so stop reading now if you want to read it the book yourself.
In the aftermath, Mori is constantly on edge from her violent altercation with her serial killer of a father. She has been betrayed by Lock, as well, which has all but shattered her resolve. She and her brothers still live at home, awaiting their mother’s friend to act as their “aunt” and guardian while the investigation into Mori’s own murder attempt tries to find its footing.
To begin with, I hate blackmail stories. I think that they are either boring or unnecessarily upsetting in content, so I do my best to avoid them as much as possible. I enjoyed reading the first Lock & Mori book so much that I was willing to tolerate the blackmail plot. However, it fell into the “unnecessarily upsetting” category as the majority of the book is Mori being endlessly harassed by people who think she was the murderer and is setting up her father, news crews who have no shame stalking children, or by the police themselves. Given that Mori is only sixteen and her brothers are significantly younger than her, the harassment by grown ass adults really bothered me. It’s bad enough that their father is an abuser and a serial killer, the last thing these children should be going through is the stress of aggressive reporters and cops who failed to do anything about their abuse.
Aside from that, I was also disappointed in how Mori didn’t get the chance to really be Moriarty like she did in the previous book. I am aware that this is really only “inspired” by Sherlock Holmes and at the end of the day has nothing to do with it’s namesake, but at the same time I wanted more from Mori. To counter that, though, Petty did a wonderful job at writing the fear in our lead protagonist. After all she has been through, Mori flinches and panics when in similar physical situations as when her father tried to murder her.
Other than all of this, nothing else really happened until the ending.
Oh, the ending… I am so confused about how on Earth the next book is going to go. The ending was such a jumbled mess of a reveal that, to me, didn’t make a whole lot of sense. Their “aunt” – whose name I honestly can’t even remember – has very bizarre motivations that I don’t think were properly fleshed out at all, resulting in a messy conclusion/cliff-hanger.
Will I read the next book? Probably. I will honestly admit that I am invested enough in Mori’s story that I do want to know what happens to her. I just really hope that the third (and final?) book in this series is tighter than this one.