Wondrous Words and Can’t Wait Wednesday : Mastermind: A Theo Cray and Jessica Blackwood Thriller

Every Wednesday I take part in Can’t Wait Wednesday, I’m also hoping to take part in a new meme being hosted by Elza Reads called Wondrous Words Wednesday.  I’ll be combining these into the same posts as they’re both short and sweet.

Can't Wait Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is : A Theo Cray and Jessica Blackwood Thriller

MastermindA mysterious electrical storm plunges Manhattan into darkness. As a strange, smothering fog rolls in, all communication crashes. In the blink of an eye, the island seems to vanish into a void.

FBI special agent Jessica Blackwood and brilliant scientist Dr. Theo Cray know this isn’t a freak accident. It’s a sinister sleight of hand. Their greatest adversary, a serial killer and cultist known as the Warlock, has escaped during a prison transfer in New York. A depraved master of manipulation, he promised the end of days. He’s making good on it.

One by one, cities across the globe are erupting in chaos as they disappear into the same black holes. Even for two ingenious trackers like Jessica and Theo, there’s still so much to learn about the pattern to the Warlock’s madness. The voids are just a warm-up for something bigger. To discover it—to stop it—Jessica and Theo must descend into the darkest of shadows—and minds.

Expected Publication September 2021


This meme was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion Blog and has now been adopted by Elza Reads.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love.

No rules just enjoy and for further info check out Elza Reads.

My word this week is :


My word this week is literally the title of my most recent read which is a thriller with a horror vibe that takes place during a terrible storm high on the mountains in a luxury hotel, that used to be a sanatorium.

A sanatorium (also spelled sanitarium or sanitorium) is a medical facility for long-term illness, most typically associated with the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century before the discovery of antibiotics.

To be honest, the word ‘sanatorium’ has always given me an ominous vibe and in my brain I always connected the word with early asylums (which were very unpleasant places by all accounts).  I did a little reading about this and it does appear that some sanitorium were converted to asylums following the introduction of antibiotics for TB – prior to that, it was believed that clean air and a good diet were the best treatment – hence sanatoriums were usually set in remote places where the air was less likely to be polluted.

This got me to thinking about another word:


Now, to me- bedlam is a word that means absolute chaos but in fact it is actually a word that comes from the name of a notorious asylum in London. Definition:

an asylum for the mentally ill
1 : a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion There was bedlam in the streets after the verdict was announced. 2 or Bedlam : an asylum for the mentally ill. 3 obsolete : madman, lunatic.

If you want to know more check out this history site : https://www.historyextra.com/period/victorian/bethlem-royal-hospital-history-why-called-bedlam-lunatic-asylum/

Anyway, this is the book that inspired the thought process:



16 Responses to “Wondrous Words and Can’t Wait Wednesday : Mastermind: A Theo Cray and Jessica Blackwood Thriller”

  1. Tammy

    Super excited for the new Andrew Mayne!! This is one I might read early, I don’t think I can wait😁

  2. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

    Bedlam is a great word, I think of it as chaos too.

  3. sjhigbee

    Oo er… that was a very ominous turn of thought with your words… My grandfather returned from serving in WWII with TB and had to go away to a sanatorium. The other consideration is that back in those days, most factories and houses were powered by coal fires so cities and towns were full of polluting smoke – which was a major reason why they sited these places far away in the country away from the smogs and choking smoke. I remember asking him about it – he said it was rather grim. The nurses were obsessed with cleaning everything and insisted on the windows always being open, so he said his abiding memory was feeling miserably ill and very cold…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thank you for sharing that memory – it’s really touching, and yes, I don’t imagine they were lovely relaxing places in some respects, especially being cold all the time. brrr.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I know! I HATE being cold and my heart goes out to all those childen in classrooms where they are NOW saying they have to sit with the windows open. In March!!! Can ANYONE learn when they are shivering???

  4. Rebecca

    Oh MY GOSH! Another book with Theo Cray!??? I had no idea – thanks for sharing 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know, I was happy as a dog with two tails when I saw this.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yes, so excited for the new Andrew Mayne! Gotta track down those JEssica Blackwood books now.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, it would be interesting to read those methinks.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Your connection between the words ‘sanatorium’ and ‘bedlam’ is chillingly intriguing, and it goes hand in hand with the Overlook Hotel vibes that I get from The Sanatorium, a novel that already caught my attention… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – my mind was going down strange and curious routes.
      Lynn 😀

  7. waytoofantasy

    Master Mind looks like it has a lot of potential. Hope you enjoy if you get to that one!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, I do like the author so I have expectations for this one.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    I’ve heard good things about Maybe and I have The Sanatorium on hold at my library. I’m so excited for that one!

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