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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Mind Frame is a work of mysterious murder fiction penned by author Evelyn Ortiz. Switching perspectives between the present and the near past, our central hero is the haunted Bruce Spencer. In the modern day bustle of New York City, Bruce thinks everything is going along fine until he experiences visions from the life of a kid called Nicholas ‘Chickenneck’ Anderson in 1966. Fearing he knows the reason for the visions, Bruce tries to hide his experiences, but the tale of the young biracial boy draws him in more and more. A horrible tragedy in the past threatens Bruce’s sanity in the future, and the young man knows he must do what’s right in the here and now, even if danger suddenly rears its head for him.
For a relatively quick read mystery novel, there’s a lot of thematic enjoyment, issues and events to take in. Author Evelyn Ortiz weaves relatable issues of abuse, mental health, race, violence, and culture into both the past and present as her mind-bending tale of real-life struggles unwinds. I was captivated by the narration style and the forms which Bruce’s visions take and felt a real emotional connection to both him and Nicholas the more the story developed. There are harrowing moments of tragedy, but no gratuitous or graphic content, which makes this a tactfully paced drama that any reader can enjoy discovering. Overall, Mind Frame is a modern, intelligent mystery drama with speculative themes and plenty of real world issues to keep you turning pages.