This week’s Wednesday Reads was one of those that I saw recommended all over Christian fiction groups online. Everyone was raving about this book, so when I saw that it was on Kindle Unlimited, I made sure to grab it and read it.
Mind Games by Nancy Mehl looks to be the first book in a series. The heroine of the story is Kaley Quinn, an FBI behavior analyst who also just happens to be the daughter of an infamous serial killer. (It was off to a great start, y’all, because there’s plenty to work through with all of that.) She has a rather unconventional way of working, but her methods nearly always lead her to the culprit. So when a string of murders begin to take place, all connected to a letter written about her, she’s called to what quickly becomes a very personal case.
This is not my usual genre. I’m not even sure what genre this would be… crime fiction? Mystery? It was heavy on details and was written in a voice that felt very much true to the character – clinical, calculating, and detached. I figured out who the culprit was early on, but that didn’t take away from watching the mystery unfold and reading as Kaley was tracking the serial killer. There were a lot of secondary characters with the FBI that got confused in my mind, but again, that didn’t take away from the story. I will say that I was shocked by the twist at the very end of the book. After reading through to the near conclusion, I was feeling kind of “meh” about the whole thing, but that twist had me saying “oooohhh, that’s good.” Ha! I really love twists, and that one gave me more insight into Kaley than the hundreds of pages that preceded it. So read all the way to the end!
I would definitely recommend this book to you if you like crime fiction, mysteries, thrillers, etc. (And don’t be scared away by the serial killer element – it was clean and not gory at all!)