Book Review: Mind Games by Nancy Mehl || Blogmas 2018 Day 5

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About the Book-

Kaely Quinn’s talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she’s demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.

When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely’s, the reporter’s ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem’s predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.

Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else–including Kaely herself–is killed.

My Review-

If I haven’t said so yet, I love thriller/contemporary mystery/FBI stories. I haven’t read many of them, but one of my favorite trilogies in the Christian fiction market is the If I Run trilogy by Terri Blackstock.

This book is on the level of an Agatha Christie novel . . . but a GOOD Agatha Christie Novel. Kaely, the daughter of a serial killer, is an FBI agent with an unorthodox method, but is VERY good at her job. When she receives a poem predicting a string of murders, she is determined to stop a potential serial killer from achieving their goal.

This book covers it all: fast action, suspense, a touch of romance, wonderfully written characters, psychoanalysis, faith, and a bit of banter.

I didn’t expect such a well thought out mystery aspect to this book: a lot of times, Christian fiction is more focused on the romance and the Christian “fluff” than an actual plotline, but this one is an exception. The storyline is strong all the way through (I read this in a day . . . AT COLLEGE . . . the week before finals–I literally couldn’t stop until I finished the book) and it is amazing. The mystery is truly strong in this one . . . AND the plot twist at the end was STUNNING. also that little sentence at the end about the cat CREEPED. ME. OUT. You’d think a book about a serial killer and murders would do me in, but THE CAT.

This is the first book by Mehl I’ve read (I’ve been meaning to read some of her other work, but this is the first I’ve read, it being Book 1 in a series), and I’ve heard that it’s the best one . . . which makes me a little sad for her other books, but I’m definitely going to check the rest of them out!

So if you haven’t read this one yet and like mystery/suspense, definitely check this one out! It’s one that will not disappoint.

My Rating-

10/10

Things Liked-

  • Kaely!!! She was such a well defined character, and the character development was REAL
  • Very little romance!
  • SUCH A WELL WRITTEN MYSTERY
  • THE PLOT TWIST
  • Talk about God . . . but woven in and not preachy

Things Disliked-

  • There ARE murders and stuff described . . . buuuuut then, it’s literally a book about a serial killer SO

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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