Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Mind Games

GIVEAWAY
MEHL, NANCY
MIND GAMES

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 must race to catch the murderer before anyone else, including Kaely, is killed.

My Review:

Whoa! I'm stunned and my head is still spinning over that twisty-turny nosedive at the end. This might just be Nancy Mehl's best book to date which is saying something because I adore her stories! But this one is...definitely on a whole other level.

A psychological thriller of a mystery with some of the elements of a Criminal Minds episode but without the TV series' over-the-top ghoul factor. :-) For cautious suspense readers I can honestly say I can't watch Criminal Minds without getting nightmares but I gobbled up Mind Games for all it's deliciously shivery suspensey goodness. Fascinating police procedural with one of the most complex heroines I've ever met within the pages of a book!

Kaely's backstory is so complex and intriguing. Her coping mechanisms -- her profiling techniques -- the brilliance that masks a touching vulnerability. And most surprising of all -- her deep and abiding faith. Something that fellow agent Noah can't understand but Kaely doesn't shy away from sharing.

"I have a lot of issues leftover from my past. God has never condemned me for them. He just keeps leading me slowly but surely out of the dark, at the pace I need." (p 165)

Engaging in mind games with a serial killer is the first case Noah and Kaely share but it won't be their last. Love the way their relationship develops over the course of this book. He's wary, she's reserved and learning to trust each other is central to their moving forward both professionally and personally. This isn't a romance, but I have the feeling that one is going to develop over the course of the series.

Intense, clever, exceptionally paced -- Mind Games is the epitome of a page-turner!  I guarantee you won't be able to put this one down until you've reached the mind-blowing conclusion.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

WOOHOO!!!! Thanks to Trixi's generosity (she just happens to have a second copy of Mind Games) there will be two winners drawn for this giveaway!

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Mind Games, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday January 5 2019 . Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

45 comments:

  1. I have read the reviews on this book and they are amazing and so is yours too. On my TBR list. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Yep, definitely belongs on that list, Kim. Good luck!

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  2. Kav, next time I review a Nancy Mehl book, will you write it for me? ;-) You have such a way with words I want to read this one again. But alas, on to A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz I am thrilled to go! Fabulous review, my friend!

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    1. Thanks, Diana!!!! A bit of reader envy over that Laura Frantz book. I'm hoping that will be a review option for us Canadian blogger. If it's not, you can be sure that I'll be buying it asap. Happy reading, Diana!

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    2. Oh, I hope so, Kav! I've never read a Laura Frantz book I didn't absolutely love! Oops, I see I just typo'd above. Meant to say AND I'm thrilled to go... Sheesh! It feels like a Monday morning.

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  3. This sounds like my kind of book!
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  4. I love books 📚 with strong 💪 female 👩 lead characters.
    Thanks for sharing this book with us 😍❤😍 Thanks for the chance 💖🍯🐝
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  5. Kav, don't forget I have an extra copy to give away too! :-)

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    1. Aaagghhhh! I've started the new year with scrambled brains and it's only the second day! Thanks so much for reminding me, Trixi, and for partnering with me in this giveaway. I'll add the info to the blogpost.

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    2. Not a problem Kav! Christmas and New Years being so close together can do that to a person :-)

      I'm happy to partner with you and give TWO people a book...this one is phenomenal!

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  6. I love Nancy Mehl's books and I cannot wait to read this one!!!

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    1. Isn't she an amazing author?! Good luck, Margie!

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  7. Yay for a chance at this!! I have heard hers are such good suspense. :) lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. It's causing quite the stir in cyberspace...and for good reason! Good luck, Susan!

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  8. Ive read this, too! Exceptional! Don’t enter me. But this is a must read for suspense fans! I’m with you. I can’t take Criminal Minds either. But this is different in a good way!

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    1. Yes -- profiling without the gruesome parts. I found Criminal Minds just got way too graphic and it almost seemed like they were trying to outdo the last creep factor. This book is definitely different and i think the faith thread brings hope to the dark places.

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  9. Sounds like a good book!
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  10. I’ve had this on my wish list since I first saw it. Your review is wonderful. Thank you for the chance.
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    1. It's so amazing, Lucy -- this book twin is predicting you are going to love it too! Good luck!

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  11. OH!MY!WORD!!!!! Nancy Mehl is one of my favorite suspense authors. I've been anxiously looking forward to seeing this series on my keeper shelf! *wink* KAV, thank you for the amazing review and the opportunity to win a copy.

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    1. You absolutely have to read this one, Caryl! Good luck!

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  12. I LOVED this book -- thanks for sending me a copy from the giveaway a few weeks ago. It was so good. Definitely one of my favorites from 2018!

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    1. Glad you loved it too. And now we can anxiously await the next book.

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  13. This sounds amazing. Thanks for the chance.
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  14. Oh my oh my! This one sounds absolutely amazing. I haven't read it yet and I'm already in awe from what I've been hearing. Thanks for the great review Kav and also for the giveaway. Thanks to Trixi too for her generosity. :)
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    1. It definitely lives up to the buzz. Good luck, Loraine!

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  15. I love how you describe the suspense & the ending for this one!
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    1. It's sooooooooo good, Jana!!!!!! Good luck!

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  16. I’ve been reading amazing reviews of this book and now yours! Thanks for the review, Kav. This book is definitely on the TBR list.
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    1. All those reviews are true! :-) You've gotta read this one, Pam. Good luck!

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  17. Wow! I am completely intrigued! I love the premise and the review made me anxious to read this for myself. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. You're welcome, C. Monroe. Good luck, C.!

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  18. Count me in, please, Kav! :)

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  19. I am all in on this one. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  20. This is a book I don't want to miss. Thanks for the chance to win it, Kav, and also thanks to Trixi!
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    1. Definitely in the not to be missed category. Good luck, rubynreba!

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  21. I do enjoy Nancy's books so would feel fortunate if I was lucky enough to win a copy of this, thank you for the chance.

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    1. She's an amazing storyteller. Good luck, Wendy!

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