Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl
About the book:
Title: Fire Storm
Author: Nancy Mehl
Genre: Christian Mystery and Suspense Romance
Release Date: August 6, 2019
When FBI profiler Kaely Quinn’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, Kaely takes time off work to go to Dark Water, Nebraska, to help her brother care for their mother. Upon her arrival, she learns of a series of fires in the small town, attributed by the fire chief to misuse of space heaters in the frigid winter. But Kaely is skeptical, and a search for a pattern in the locations of the fires bolsters her suspicions.
After yet another blaze devastates a local family, Kaely is certain a serial arsonist is on the loose. Calling upon her partner from St. Louis, Noah Hunter, and her brother’s firefighter neighbor who backs Kaely’s suspicions, Kaely and her team begin an investigation that swiftly leads them down a twisted path. When the truth is finally revealed, Kaely finds herself confronting a madman who is determined his last heinous act will be her death.
For those of you who read the first book in this series, Mind Games, you know Kaely has a rather unique way of profiling her UNSUBs. This process has begun to take on a mind of its own, prompting Kaely to doubt her own control and have some fear for her sanity.
Fire Storm takes us deeper into Kaely’s frame of mind while showing her doubts and concerns. Despite her mother’s condition, Kaely finds herself obsessed with the fires. She’s desperate to find the culprit, even when it takes her away from her dying mother. Without her job, Kaely has no idea who she is as a person.
I found this interesting. How often do we define ourselves by our profession?
The tension in Fire Storm builds slowly, reeling you in bit by bit until the big finale.
With a solid writing style and plenty of intrigue, Fire Storm will ensure you fall in love with Kaely and Noah.
We learn very little about Noah as the central plot revolves around Kaely. And I can’t help but feel that her mind is disintegrating in some way. Anything she doesn’t want to face, she shoves to the back of her mind and refuses to think about, much less process, the emotions. Her mental stability is beginning to remind me of a ticking time bomb. At some point, she’s going to explode. You can’t hoard all those emotions without some kind of fallout.
Kaely’s character growth and her growth as a Christian take the foreground here. I highlighted passage after passage to come back to later. As Kaely learns to lean more on God, she finds a way to overcome some of her human tendencies toward anger and resentment. A great lesson for everyone. I know it’s one I need.
I am highly anticipating book three.
Romance in Fire Storm is very low, almost non-existent, which will be a relief to a lot of readers who prefer action and suspense over romance. I highly recommend this book for anyone who’s a fan of Christy Barritt, Dani Pettrey, or Lisa Harris. There are many more I could compare, but let’s not get crazy.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.