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    An Amazing Thriller!

    "It was time. Let the mind games begin." Struggling constantly against the misconceptions of others, F. B. I. profile expert Kaely Quinn does use rather unconventional techniques. Being the daughter of a notorious serial killer doesn't endear her to many of her colleagues, but her inclination to have conversations with imaginary suspects might typically place her into the "nutcase" category, except that she is incredibly talented in her field; some would even say brilliant. When a chilling poem clearly targeting Kaely arrives on the desk of an overzealous newspaper reporter, it becomes up to Special Agent Noah Hunter to take the lead on the case, solve the riddles and keep Kaely Quinn alive. Her reputation and eccentric methodology precedes her, but Noah has been instructed to keep his "mind on the game" and not allow himself to be attracted to the person within; easier said that done, because Kaely's broken spirit is wrapped in a tender and authentic faith, fully clothing her in courage and strength. An absolutely brilliant thriller! I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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    6 Things I Loved About Mind Games

    #1 Mind Games = suspense + faith, but it's not overbearing. There is definitely a faith element to Mind Games, but it's not too heavy.  It felt authentic, but more than that, it was light enough that non-Christian readers would still really enjoy this book.  I love very "Christian" novels too, but a non-Christian reader isn't likely to pick them up and read them, and isn't likely to keep reading them if they get started.  Part of the power of story is giving us opportunities to grow, build relationships, discuss things with folks that might think differently than us,  and for that to happen, we need to have stories that can be a bridge: authentically Christian but not written in a way that will make the not-yet-Christian feel like an outsider. #2 Mind Games played mind games with me. Yup.  I didn't figure out whodunit.  I suspected, but I moved on to someone else.  And there were some twists in there that I totally didn't expect.  Whaaaat?  I was blindsided.  It made sense.  It was internally consistent.  I just didn't see it coming. #3 Mind Games called out our very real need for friends. But it also exposed some of the things that make it so hard for some of us to build close relationships. I really struggle in this area...in fact, many of us in leadership do.  There often isn't a safe space to process daily life, and it's really easy for us to end up isolated and vulnerable, or not knowing how to trust people.  I love how Nancy Mehl didn't actually solve this problem for Kaely in Mind Games...because while it is something that can be solved, it isn't something that can be solved in the course of a few weeks. It will take time, and I'm going to enjoy going on this journey with Kaely. #4 Mind Games exposed some of the brokenness of our world. Broken people break people, and hurt people hurt people. That's this story.  But that's our real world, too. And just like God was present through Kaely's story, and entered into her time of need, so he also desires to be present with us in our stories. #5 Mind Games was really well researched. I know what fakey law enforcement stories are like. I've read so many of them. Authors that try hard, but don't quite pull it off.  I enjoyed this story for how realistic the law enforcement interactions were, and I especially enjoyed reading Miss Mehl's guest post (see below) where she talked about how many times she had to rewrite it with the help of a retired FBI behavioral analyst who poked holes in all the things she had gotten wrong.  There is a value to a story that is just written, of course, and to the ones that require us to suspend more of our disbelief, but I really respect the research and feedback that makes for just a great story. #6 Mind Games has a sequel. Oh man.  I'm so excited. Can't wait.  Miss Mehl left us with a cliffhanger...not with regards to whodunit, but in terms of the new friendships in the story and even in terms of the faith journies.  Fortunately, this is book 1 in a series, and book 2 is already available for presale on Amazon. (Anyone want to order it for me for Christmas?).  Only problem...I hate when the sequel isn't actually out yet.  But I love that the author didn't tie up all the loose ends...on purpose.  She left some of them intentionally.  One loose end from the crime did bother me...but it bothered the characters too so I think it was supposed to be bothersome. I received a review copy of this book; all opinions are my own.
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    To outguess a serial killer

    Really good book. Plenty of twists, enjoyed every page.
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    Spellbinding Read!

    WOW! This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning and it NEVER let go. I loved the characters in this book from Kaley & Noah to Alex and Solomon. There were several surprises along the way and I loved the way Nancy seamlessly wove together a spellbinding story. This is my favorite Nancy Mehl book by a mile and I can't wait for the next book in this series! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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    Always Enjoy Mehl's Realistic Romantic Suspense

    I have read several of Nancy Mehl’s romantic suspense novels, and I always enjoy them. In Mind Games, Mehl’s latest thriller, a vigilante is out to avenge himself on a serial killer’s daughter, Jessica Oliphant, now Kaely Quinn, a top FBI profiler. Noah Hunter, Kaely’s new partner, needs to get close enough to this strange agent to protect her, without repeating the mistakes of his predecessor. We often expect FBI agents to be consummate professionals, but Mehl shows hers as human and flawed, thankfully. This is why her books are so enjoyable. I feel like the protagonists are actually within reach of the average person. While some situations in the novel may create extreme worry and tension for the reader, the circumstances seem so very possible. Kudos to Mehl. Also, I absolutely loved Mehl’s ending. I didn’t see it coming and I have been debating in my mind about how plausible it really is. That is one sign of a great book- it makes you think, ruminate, and wonder. A quote to think about, when we as Christians wonder how others can deal with all the degradation of certain fields: “Those who know God should be the ones to confront the darkness, to chase the evil. We have the weapons. Those who don’t know Him have only themselves.” I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley and a paperback from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own and no review was required.
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