Mind Blind

Lari Don

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  • Award-winning author Lari Don skilfully weaves a world of secrets, power and supernatural abilities in her first book for young teens
  • With a protagonist who can read thoughts and emotions, Mind Blind explores themes of trust and betrayal
  • This dark, fast-paced novel told from two viewpoints will appeal to boys and girls alike

Mind-reader Ciaran Bane sets out to discover a secret that will free him from his criminal family forever in this mind-bending teen thriller.

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
Age Range:
From 12 to 15 years
304 pages
Publication date:
20 Mar 2014


'I killed a girl today, just after the school bell.
I keep trying to tell myself I didn't really kill her.
But she's dead. And it's my fault.'

14-year-old Ciaran Bain is a highly trained fighter and gifted criminal with a special talent: he knows what his victim is thinking.

He works in a mafia-style family of gangsters, thieves and thugs who share his mind-reading talent. But Ciaran's skill comes with a crippling side effect, one that makes him disposable -- even to his own family.

Then he meets Lucy, whose older sister has been killed, and they form an unlikely team. But on their perilous search across London and up to Edinburgh, on the run from Ciaran's dangerous family, can they ever trust each other?

And where can they hide if they aren't even safe in their own minds?

Award-winning author Lari Don skilfully weaves a fast-paced world of secrets, power and supernatural abilities in her first book for young teens.


'Pacey, compelling and mind-bending in all the right ways as the deceitful truth gets unravelled. It's an excellent showcase for the new KelpiesTeen list.'
-- Keith Gray, The Scotsman

'Deceit, intrigue and mind-reading make up the basis of the plot for this exciting and fast paced novel... This book is a real roller coaster
ride of emotions and plot twists.'
-- The School Librarian

'Don builds a slow but tightly constructed bond between Bain and Lucy, anchoring the action-packed plot with their relationship, detailed between alternating perspectives... Come for the mind-reading spies; stay for the unlikely duo that's unable to trust each other.'
-- Kirkus Reviews

'Very, very exciting, and the reasons behind all this cloak and dagger stuff makes for good thinking material... This is your classical chase, but with a twist. It's weird and dangerous, and there can be no happy ending. You still hope, though. I'd happily read more like this.'
-- Bookwitch

'The plot was often tense and some of the scenes had me on the edge of my seat... I will definintely read more books written by Lari Don because I really enjoyed this one.'
-- Tahiya, Craigmount High pupil, Teen Titles


Lari Don has worked in politics and broadcasting, but is now a full-time writer and storyteller. She grew up in the north-east of Scotland, and lives in Edinburgh. She is the author of the Fabled Beast Chronicles; and Rocking Horse War, for older primary-age children, as well as four picture books for younger readers, The Big Bottom Hunt, How to Make a Heron Happy, Orange Juice Peas and The Magic Word.

You can also visit the author's own website at http://www.laridon.co.uk

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