Book Review: Dead Fall by Nancy Mehl (The Quantico Files #2)

About the Book-

He has a deadly endgame in mind–and he’s already chosen each victim . . . including her.

After putting to rest the most personal case of her career, Alex Donovan is ready to move on and focus on her future at the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit. When the BAU cofounder is discovered dead in his hotel room, the FBI is called in to work on the strangest case they’ve ever faced. How do you find a killer who murders his victims from a distance?

When it becomes clear that the killer is targeting agents in Alex’s unit, they are ordered into lockdown, sheltered in the dorms at Quantico. Alex bunks with controversial agent Kaely Quinn, and as they work together, Alex discovers in Kaely the role model she’s never had–despite being warned away.

As Alex questions the type of agent she wants to become, things get personal when the brilliant killer strikes close to home. Now Alex will do anything to find the killer–even at the risk of her own life.

My Review-

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Nancy Mehl writes my favorite Christian suspense novels that I’ve come across: they are fast paced and suspenseful, with just enough suspension of disbelief to be interesting without being absolutely improbable, like some other Christian suspense I read. Dead Fall wasn’t my favorite Nancy Mehl book, but overall it was really fun and very suspenseful.

Alex Donovan is the main profiler in this book, but Kaley Quinn from Mehl’s other series (Kaley Quinn Profiler) is also prominently featured in this book, which was really fun. I really enjoyed Kaley Quinn’s series so it was nice to read more about her. The relationship between Alex and Kaley was also really fun to read about, and there was some interesting discussion that was generated from the them working together that I enjoyed.

The mystery/suspense aspect of this book was more disbelievable than some of her previous books, and it took me a while to get into this book (whereas for some of her other books I’ve read, there is nothing but action from the first page). The conversation seemed a little more stilted than usual and the story seemed to flow a little less smoothly. Not to say there wasn’t action early on, which there was, but it took me a bit to get into the story. The suspension of disbelief was greater than the other Mehl books, and so it wasn’t quite what I was used to also.

This book was SUPER suspenseful when it picked up though, and I could not put it down: it was such a thrilling experience! Once I got into the story, it was nothing but action. The villain was incredibly masterful, and the suspense built very well until the conclusion.

Overall, this wasn’t my favorite book written by Nancy Mehl, but I did really enjoy reading it! The twists and turns of this story made it really fun to read about, and I also really enjoyed the interactions between Alex and Kaley and the discussion of the field of behavioral analysts and why they were in the field.

If you’re looking for a good Christian suspense author, Nancy Mehl is a good one to pick up.

My Rating-


I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.


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