Marina Cohen is an elementary school teacher in the York Region District School Board. Her previous novels include Ghost Ride, shortlisted for the 2011 Red Maple Award, and Mind Gap. She lives in Markham, Ontario.
Fourteen-year-old Jake MacRaeâ€™s life is spinning out of control. Heâ€™s making all the wrong choices â€” gambling, drinking, hanging around gang members and now heâ€™s been asked to make a special delivery. What should he do?
Jake knows either way that his decision will seal his fate, but what he doesnâ€™t realize is that this choice might not only destroy his life but the lives of those close to him.
Before Jake has a chance to make up his mind, he receives a mysterious text message inviting him to a flash party on a midnight subway train. As Jake steps off the platform and onto the ghostly 1950s-style Gloucester car, he has no idea he has just boarded a train bound for his worst nightmare. And whatâ€™s more â€” he canâ€™t get off!
Youâ€™ll be racing toward the end when you check out this fast-paced and tightly-written novel. Highly recommended for teens, especially boys, and adults who like a creepy little tale.
The novelâ€™s premise is a clever one, and Cohen paints an effective picture of the realities the characters inhabit. Cohen is clearly a talented writer: she can craft a compelling plot and knows how to keep her audience engaged.
If you're looking for a quick, fast-paced read, Mind Gap would be an excellent choice. It's action from the start and doesn't stop until the last page.
Fast-paced and compelling, this is a novel young readers will truly relate to. Marina Cohenâ€™s well-crafted writing keeps the pages turning as we follow Jake on his journey through time. His emotional turmoil may be heightened by paranormal circumstances, but his feelings will be familiar to many readers. In the end we see him move through his rage and powerlessness, toward something more like responsibility and empowerment. A satisfying read.
â€¦ keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Marina Cohenâ€™s chilling, paranormal thriller features a teen with feelings which will be familiar to many readers. Itâ€™s satisfying to see Jake eventually emerge from the thoughtless past behaviour which has hurt his family, to assuming responsibility by the end of the story.
Mind Gap is an absorbing story that ends with a poignant surprise.