Mind Trap by Matt Cost #BookReview #ClayWolfe/PortEssex2 #EncirclePublications #5*

From award winning author Matt Cost comes a thriller that Bruce Robert Coffin says is”a twisted and chilling tale of control and manipulation. The ultimate ‘what if’ on steroids. What is the End Game?


It was as close to ecstasy as the woman had ever been in her life.

It was enlightenment. She was no longer Martha Abbott. She was a warrior of Marduk engaged in a war of purity.

“You say your daughter is missing?”Clay Wolfe asked. The man in front of him was slightly disheveled. Red eyes. Fear creased his features.

What is going to happen on Leap Day?

“We have allowed sin to fill our homes, and it is our divine labor to cleanse that filth from our streets.” Marduk’s voice boomed through the cavernous temple.

Something evil is lurking in the streets of Port Essex. A missing girl. Violent attacks. It is up to Private Investigator Clay Wolfe, his partner Baylee Baker, and a colorful assortment of friends to get to the bottom of these odious occurrences before it is too late. 

Mind Trap is a thrilling ride set in a small Maine town with rich characters and shocking plot twists that will keep the reader rapt within the pages.

A Spectacular Read!

I always look forward to reading a novel by Matt Cost, and this one is quite spectacular!

Martha Abbott has found a way out of her dull life; she has seen the light and found others of a like mind. Clay Wolfe’s latest case involves looking for this woman and her daughter who appear to have disappeared into thin air. Strange things are happening in the quiet town of Port Essex; there is danger on the streets and several people are being attacked. Is there any link between events?

Well, this is one book where you need to keep your wits about you! Fast moving and with such a lot happening, I read constantly from beginning to end, desperate to find out who was behind what was going on. With several twists and turns and a surprise or two along the way, I was really kept on my toes. There is a frightening, chilly element to this one which heightened my senses to the point I very nearly jumped out of my skin when one of the dogs came into the room! I love the characters in these novels; Clay and his friends are very much a mixed bunch, each one interesting and so different! The relationships are intricate and beguiling and I have high hopes for developments in future novels in this series. I’d love to say I worked it all out but, alas, there was no chance of that – far too much to concentrate on and, as always, very cleverly plotted and beautifully written. A stunning mystery with a breathtaking conclusion, and a novel I heartily recommend. All five sparkling stars, each one fully deserved!

My thanks to the author for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime mystery

Author Details

Over the years, Matt Cost (aka Matthew Langdon Cost) has owned a video store, a mystery bookstore and a gym. He has also taught history and coached just about every sport imaginable. During those years – since aged eight actually – his true passion has been writing. I Am Cuba: Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution (Encircle Publications, March, 2020) was his first traditionally published novel. Mainely Power the first of the Mainely Mysteries featuring private detective Goff Langdon was published by Encircle in September 2020, followed by book two Mainely Fear (December, 2020) and book three Mainely Money (March, 2021).

Also forthcoming from Encircle are his Clay Wolfe / Port Essex Mystery series: Wolfe TrapMind Trap and Mouse Trap; as well as his new historical fiction novel, Love in a Time of Hate.

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