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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.

©2018 Nancy Mehl (P)2018 Tantor

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Religious overtones

Great narration and a reasonable story line but lots of religious overtones. The lead character is a new found christian which is admirable but it feels at odds with the story line about serial killers. Expect lines like - "I am constantly amazed at what god can do. Like healing a family"

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Totally love this book!

I'm about half way through and I love this book. I picked this book because I had never listened to anything by the author or the narrator before. The narrator is absolutely perfect for this book and she did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. I have already picked (in my mind) a couple of suspects and then discarded them because something else came up. I think this book will pretty much have me doing that until the very end.

Some reviews that I read were somewhat negative on the "preachiness" of the book and felt that it should be in the Christian section. I'm a Christian and if I put books where I thought they belonged based on the characters and their actions and language the only books in the Mystery section would be written by Agatha Christie. Don't like sex scenes? Skip them. Swearing? Skip them. Preaching? Skip them. I read to be entertained and I can always put the book back or stop the audio if I don't like the way things are presented.

Like I said before, I'm half way through and I love it. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story and a great narrator.

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Looking forward to the next installment!

Excellent character development and background for a fantastic start to a new series! A nice twist to your ordinary mystery genre.

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Please don't buy this book. I beg of you.

Please do not buy this book!!! This may be the worst book I have ever read. It is brutally slow in terms of pace, to the point where I turned the speed up to 2.0 just to get things moving faster. I love thrillers and, although they can be formulaic, at least they proceed with some sense of normal pace. The killer does something. A detective/FBI agent gets involved. The killer does something else. Yada yada yada. This was more like the killer did something, the unappealing FBI agents sat and talked for chapters about nothing that mattered, then the killer did something that didn't matter hours later, and the FBI agents talked some more, yada yada yada. It was like watching paint dry.

And I'm just going to say this. Imagine if your 70 year old Sunday School teacher wrote a crime novel. That's this book. Talking ad nauseum about finding Jesus and being saved. Treating basic curse words like you're a rebel. Like saying "damn" is the craziest thing they've ever done. I've never skipped entire chapters and had to do that in this book. Multiple times.

I go to church so this isn't written by someone anti-church. It was just weird. Like this should be in one of those Christian bookstores. The cleanest, most wholesome serial killer novel ever written. That's this book.

Plus, the narration was horrible. The men's voices were so bad it was distracting. One star is a gift for this disaster of a novel.

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Best read ever!

I loved this book! Kept me guessing until the very end. A very clean, suspenseful read. I highly recommend it. once you start, you won't be able to stop until you finish!

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Fantastic, Gripping, and Unpredictable

I LOVED this book. I was constantly changing my mind about who it was, and when I found out, I was of course wrong and shocked. I loved that the end had some nice twists that made me gasp. It's hard to keep my attention, but I was loathe to push pause and couldn't sleep until I'd finished this.

It was a bit dark. Not gory so much as creepy a bit because she is in the minds of killers, so for that I'd recommend it for older teens and up. I wasn't bothered by the Christian moments, but I am an active Christian. I think it's so fantastic, go ahead and listen and just skip ahead if those make you uncomfortable. It wasn't common, and I didn't find it distracting from the plot. It's so fast paced, you barely have time to breathe.

Bottom line: One of the BEST mysteries I've ever read. I can't wait for the next!

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A page-turner suspense

Loved it. Appropriately named book. tremendously interesting with twists and plot details and more than one surprise.

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Too churchy for me!

I am a big fan of Thriller mystery novels but I don't really want to hear a bunch of preaching while reading that Genre. I like it for the blood and guts not Praise Jesus

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Enjoyable!

I was impressed that this had a Christian undertone without being preachy. A breath of fresh air. I find it preferable to unnecessary sexual themes. I look forward to hearing another by this author.

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Could easily have been a 5 star book but...

I really enjoyed this book tremendously. I do have one gripe though - I did not know what a prominent part the Christian faith would play with the profiler. At every moment of crisis or bedtime the protagonist's religious beliefs and prayer came to the forefront. Not exactly what I look for in a murder/mystery/suspense/procedural.
Anyway , that aside I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of this book. This story takes off immediately and doesn't let up until the end. Kaeley Quinn is a profiler of serial killers. She grew up not knowing her father was one. She has a not quite by the book method of figuring out who done it and is either well respected or disdained by fellow workers in the FBI. There are some really good twists and a killer you won't see coming because the author leaves so many clue that could point to many different people.
Traci Odom does an excellent job narrating.
I recommend this book with reservations due to the abundance of Christianity which may be due to a problem with categorization.
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  • Hazel
  • 11-29-20

Disappointed

I didn't enjoy this download, The story sounded so promising, so I was disappointed. The writing seemed simplistic, Over use of the word 'unsub'. I didn't much care for the goody2shoes characters. I did not enjoy the God lectures, which sounded more like the author with an agenda, than the character. One of the male leads went from never falling in love again after his wife's death to falling in love with the lead character in about 5 pages. yawn. Revelation of the 'unsub' more, "well that seems unlikely" than a twist.

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  • Faylene Sparkes
  • 02-05-19

Excellent Murder Mystery!

This is the first book I have listened to by Nany Mehl and it was amazing! The plot was full of twists and keeps you involved right to the last page. It is the best book I have listened to for ages. I have already downloaded another book by Nancy Mehl and looking forward to listening to it!