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    Spine-tingling Suspense!

    Intense. Spellbinding. Eerie. Heart-pounding. And deliciously creepy describes Nancy Mehl's brilliant new suspense, Mind Games. Who better to get inside of a brazen serial killer's head than the daughter of one, Jessica Oliphant aka Kaely Quinn, FBI behavior analyst? Kaely is a highly intelligent and likeable heroine with incredibly unorthodox methods of hunting down evil. Sceptical at first, special agent Noah Hunter teams up with her to find a serial killer who pens a macabre poem implicating Kaely as one of his next victims! Totally ensnared in this novel I found myself becoming an amateur sleuth—going back to the chilling poem, searching for clues, and then finally...I nailed him! Only to discover I had the wrong guy. Ugh! So I happily retire from my detective work until Ms. Mehl's next book, which I await with bated breath. In my opinion this is her best novel to date, clearly establishing Nancy Mehl as a master at her craft—writing thrilling suspense using exemplary research and accurate details to pen one spine-tingling story! *I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.*
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    Riveting Suspense

    Mind Games by Nancy Mehl is the first book in her Kaely Quinn Profiler series. Wow, I don’t even know where to start. I stayed up way too late so I could finish it! When the newspaper reporter that ruined Kaely’s career receives a letter predicting several murders with Kaely’s being the last one, the FBI aren’t sure that it’s a real threat until a body turns up. Now, with a serial killer threatening one of their own the Bureau must anticipate his next move or there’ll be more innocent lives lost. Special Agent Noah Turner is assigned to lead the investigation and watch Kaely’s back. This was a thrilling page-turner. I kept saying I was only going to read one more chapter before bed but I couldn’t put the book down. I loved how positive Kaely was even when things didn’t go her way. The positive spin she put on the situations that were meant to bring her down were an encouragement. Even tho’ she was in a life or death situation she didn’t forget to ask God for guidance. We could all learn a lesson from her positive attitude in the face of unspeakable horror. I received this book from Celebrate-Lit in exchange for my honest review.
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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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    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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    Twisty and unique

    Love the main character with her unique way of profiling. Twisty and keeps you glued to the book.
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