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Mind Games by Nancy Mehl: Book Review

Mind Games I give this book points for cover art. I love a good suspenseful cover. The fog just gives this one that little something extra.

Blurb from Amazon:

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.

And my thoughts:

First off, Mind Games has a unique spin by giving the daughter of a serial killer the job of behavior analyst. It gives her a different kind of drive to put killers behind bars. Kaely has become the target of a serial killer and is working alone after her previous partner crossed the line by falling in love with her. Knowing she needs someone to watch her back, Noah is given the responsibility of protecting Kaely.

Kaely’s perceptions of the people she comes in contact with show her dedication. It seems she cannot be around someone without unintentionally profiling them. This initially annoys Noah, but he soon learns that Kaely means no harm. Her process of profiling serial killers is bizarre and has put her on the fringe with others in her unit. Being different should not ostracize her, but as with the way of the world, anything strange is shunned.

Noah was as interesting to me as Kaely. I would like to know more about his story. Maybe that will be included in book two. When reading Mind Games, my first instinct was that Noah would fall in love with Kaely just like her old partner did. In a way, I hope he doesn’t. Kaely needs someone who can just be her friend, and Noah needs someone who can tell him about God’s love.

I really enjoyed the setting in St. Louis. The use of police jargon pulled me into the mindset of suspense. There were times when the plot was predictable, but there was also enough intrigue to keep me reading. Just when I was sure I knew who the killer was, something would happen to throw me off…excellent use of red herrings to keep you on your toes.

The ending was satisfactory. You have a complete story that doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, but you know there will be more books coming later because Kaely’s story is not finished yet. Her trust in God is strong and that made a grand display in the final chapters. The overall tone is God-centered without being overwhelming.

I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys romantic suspense. Especially those who don’t like a lot of romance with their suspense. Mind Games was very light on the romance, but I feel that might change later in the series.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to leave a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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