In the past, I have played those mind games online that say they help your brain function. You know those that tap into your neuroplasticity? Well if they work on rodents then perhaps they could be beneficial to me! However, all that I appeared to achieve by concentrating on those mind games was a plethora of frustration. There’s a knack to them no doubt. Fortunately, Kaely Quinn, the main character in Mind Games is not like me. She thrives on impossible tasks that tickle the mind.
My Penny’s Worth
Mind Games – The beginning makes sense when you have read the end!
Oh now I understand – that eureka moment when you go back to the beginning and re-read something that you thought made sense but know it wasn’t what you thought it was? Confused, yes there were times that the book confused me, but now I get it. Those mind games started right from the beginning, or at least from my first highlighted bookmark.
“Something’s coming, Kaely. I don’t know what it is, but I feel it. Don’t you?”
And sure enough, something did come.
A great read.
Kaely, a complicated young lady, spiritual and broken heads up the cast in Mind Games. She is a one lady whirlwind, adamant to right the wrongs of her father by using her gifts to capture in her mind, dangerous criminals. It is a lonely quest, and one wonders how she copes with the horrors of such a job. She keeps everyone at arm’s length as she can’t trust anyone. Even she is wearing a mask.
“She couldn’t take the chance of turning out like her mother. Believing in a man who didn’t really exist, who was someone else behind a mask. It was too big a risk. One she wasn’t ready to accept now – or maybe ever. At this point in her life, all she wanted to do was rid the world of men like her father. It was the reason she got up in the morning. The reason she breathed. There wasn’t room for anything else. “
Kaely’s methods are odd, but I get them – especially the asking for guidance from God. And, this theme is active throughout the book.Profiles are just educated guesses, I'm not always right. No one is. Mind Games by @NancyMehl #book #free #giveaway #amreading @Celebrate_Lit Click To Tweet
What about the other characters
The supporting cast of characters are strong and the killer well wrapped up in deceit although I did guess who. Some twists and turns will get you thinking, reading and turning the pages. Noah is a bit stereotypical for an agent and left me wondering who he was; hopefully, more will be revealed in a future book. There are going to be more books….? I liked Solomon, grounded and well-rounded but also struggling with issues. Alex, you have to have a spanner in the works, and he stepped in over the mark.
There are definite themes
Themes such as forgiveness are strong as well as healing, letting go and learning to love again.
Would I recommend Mind Games?
I think you ought to check it out. Mind Games is a great read, and I would like to give it 4 stars.
Thank you, Nancy, for writing this book.
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About the Book
Book: Mind Games
Author: Nancy Mehl
Release Date: December 2018
Publisher: Bethany House
FBI Behavioral Analyst Kaely Quinn’s methods may be highly unorthodox, but her talent is undeniable. She’s done her best to establish a new life for herself after being demoted and transferred to St. Louis when a reporter revealed she’s the daughter of an infamous serial killer. But when that same reporter claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely’s, it seems her old life has followed her.
When a body is found that fits the poem’s morbid predictions, Kaely and her new partner, Special Agent Noah Hunter, are forced to move past his skepticism of her approach and work together to unravel the deadly riddle.
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, is killed.
About the Author
Nancy Mehl (www.nancymehl.com) is the author of more than thirty books, including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary, and Defenders of Justice series. Previously Nancy received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. Nancy has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. Furthermore, Nancy is part of The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook
Guest Post from Nancy
Writing Mind Games is a dream come true. I’ve been interested in FBI profiling for years. I’ve read about it, studied it, and watched every TV special I could find on the subject. So when the chance finally came to write the book I’ve always wanted to write, I jumped at it. Thankfully, through the help of another writer, I was hooked up with a retired FBI profiler. I was so excited. Until I found out I had almost everything wrong. Yes, I had some understanding about profiling, but I knew nothing about the FBI and how it works.
A few facts
First of all, the FBI doesn’t call the men and women who profile criminals, profilers. They’re called Behavioral Analysts. The plot for Mind Games had my analyst running around the country solving crimes while she was stationed in St. Louis. Uh, no. Behavioral analysts do travel, but they all work out of Quantico in Virginia. So…I rewrote.
There were ways around my conundrum, but one solution led to more and more problems. We finally worked through them. Then I spent the next few months learning acronyms. CIRG, CJIS, NCAVC, HRT, UNSUB, CNU, THU, ViCap, CODIS, SWAT, ERTU, OPU, THRU, ERT… Well, the list goes on and on. The FBI is made up of many specialized units. And a plethora of acronyms, it seems.
The trials of a writer
I rewrote Mind Games three times before my source said we were good to go.
If you assume I’m out of the woods now, you’d be wrong. I haven’t had the nerve to open up the manuscript I sent her for book two in my Kaely Quinn Profiler series. I figured I had Fire Storm right but… Well, I can tell from her email comments I’ll be doing more rewriting. Sigh.
So is it worth it? A resounding yes! I love learning, and as long as my analyst friend hangs in with me (she has the patience of Job), I’ll keep at it.
I hope you enjoy Mind Games. It’s edgy but fun. Kaely Quinn is a quirky character. She was thrown out of Quantico because her version of profiling is… Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out!
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