After putting to rest the most personal case of her career, Alex Donovan is ready to move on and focus on her future at the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit. When the BAU cofounder is discovered dead in his hotel room, the FBI is called in to work on the strangest case they've ever faced. How do you find a killer who murders his victims from a distance?
When it becomes clear that the killer is targeting agents in Alex's unit, they are ordered into lockdown, sheltered in the dorms at Quantico. Alex bunks with controversial agent Kaely Quinn, and as they work together, Alex discovers in Kaely the role model she's never had--despite being warned away.
As Alex questions the type of agent she wants to become, things get personal when the brilliant killer strikes close to home. Now Alex will do anything to find the killer--even at the risk of her own life.
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In DEAD FALL by NANCY MEHL, FBI behavioral analists Kaely Quinn, Alex Donovan, Logan Hart and Monty Wong, under Jefferson Cole, find themselves in the dangerous position of profiling a maniacal psychopath with unusual methods, who has just killed John Davis, famous author and retired profiler. The killer seems to have each of them in his sights! The plot keeps you guessing until the end, the charaeters are interesting, and the author incorporates her Christian beliefs into the story. I partiuarly like to see Alex gaining confidence and a sense of belonging as she grows in faith. I like the camaraderie of the agents and the hint of a romance, which started in the previous book in the series, getting more serious. This thriller is an exciting read with many twists and turns as the FBI, together with the Montgomery County police, try to solve the case before anyone else dies. I highly recommend Dead Fall as a really great read. I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Bethany House Publishers. The opinions in this review are competely my own.
This book is my new favourite of 2021. It's a page turner, unpredictable and it contains favourite characters from other series - what's not to love? Nancy Mehl kept me on my toes throughout the book, and will keep you, the reader in the dark as to what exactly is really happening. I've been semi patiently waiting for it since finishing the first book in the Quantico series - "Night Fall" and it did not disappoint! I saved my reading for a time when I could keep going until I had finished, knowing that I would not be able to put it down - this proved to be a correct assumption. The minute I finished it, I put an order though for my library. I got this free in exchange for an honest review - I could not be happier to promote it! While this could be read as a standalone, I do recommend the Kaely Quinn series as well as this will add texture to several of the characters contained in this book.
This second novel in the Quantico Files series brings back profilers Kaely, Alex and Logan and Noah, all FBI agents that we have met in earlier books along with an interesting cast of characters. In this story, someone is targeting profilers. They appear to have a list of victims in mind and the profilers are trying to rush to make a profile on the killer before he kills the next person on his list. Reading this I gained a lot of insight into how profilers work and how they help their counterparts track down the criminals. I enjoyed the FBI theme, which is one of my favorites. There is plenty whodunit in this book, suspense and twist. I always enjoy Nancy Mehl's books and this one is no exception. I love that these FBI personnel are on the side of good and not evil and all have found a relationship with Jesus or are pursuing one. I like that the story is all about the plot with no salacious personal details. I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
This is the second book in this series but can be read as a stand alone. This story is full of twists and turns and is unpredictable as they chase a manic physcopath. This is a religious romantic suspense and does have more religion than normal
This is the second book in this series, and like the first it does not disappoint, and yes, I was stumped as to whom the culprit was. Love that characters from past series are part of this story, including Kaely Quinn, and now someone is killing members of the BAU, and as the numbers mount we are with the team as they try to figure out who is the UNSUB. Seems that no one is safe, is there a leak? We journey with Alex Donovan, yes she is part of this story, and the team as they race to solve whom is trying to destroy them. This is Christian suspense at its best, and you will be page turning for answers, and surprises abound, and once the last page it turned you will be looking forward to the next book in this series! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
Dead Fall by Nancy Mehl is one of the best mysteries I have read all year. She is a master at suspense and keeping you guessing. This is the second book in the series and I was thrilled that Kaely has a role in this story. Kaely is the lead in the previous trilogy that could have been a lifelong series. The characters were THAT good. In Dead Fall we continue the story with Logan and Alex (Alexandra) who are behavioral analysts for the FBI. They are facing their most crafty villain yet. I dont want to spoil any of the plot twists and stories for you. But trust me that this is a wild ride. What would you do in the situations the villain puts you in? Is it considered murder? There are several secondary characters that add depth to the story. And there are possibilities as to who the villain could be. She will have you guessing until the end. She is at the top of her game with Dead Fall. Violence - several deaths but not disturbing imagery.
Dead Fall by Nancy Mehl is a twist of Criminal Minds with a taste of romance. I enjoy a good suspense novel that dives deep into the killer's perspective or mind. CSI is one of my favorite series about solving the mysteries because I loved watching the science and the evidence lead toward a captured killer or bad guy. With Dead Fall, Mehl is pretty much doing the same thing with a novel format. Alex, the heroine, was in the first novel, so she is a returning character. The hunt for the clues to solve the mystery lead the story along. The characters acting and reacting to the different elements that kept the story moving along. The mindset of the Behavior Analyists kept me glued to the story. There was a touch of romance, but too much. Maybe something for later. Overall, Dead Fall by Nancy Mehl is definitely a book that I want to add to my bookshelf. If readers enjoy CSI, Criminal Minds, or these type of stories, then I would suggest picking up this novel. I received a complimentary copy of Dead Fall by Nancy Mehl from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.
The author does it again! Nancy Mehl is a fantastic suspense novel writer. Her characters remain the same in most of her novels so you get to know them well. She doesn’t write her books in sequence, meaning you don’t have to read the first one to understand the second one, but she does reference them in each other’s plots. It’s like revisiting an old friend. She adds suspense and mystery in every page, and you will most likely not know who the killer is until the end. The author also includes threads of hope and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ in her novels as she recounts the characters relationship and dependence on Him. Nancy Mehl involves the battle between good and evil in the spiritual realm as well, which is an invited measure of intrigue to me. This book is appropriate for young readers as it is not too gruesome or heavy. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.
Dead Fall by Nancy Mehl Pub Date 02 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 28 Dec 2021 Bethany House, Bethany House Publishers Christian | Mystery & Thrillers | Romance I am reviewing a copy of Dead House, through Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley: Alex Donovan is ready to move on and focus on her future at the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit after she puts to rest the most personal case of her career. But after the BAU’s confounder is discovered dead in his hotel room, the FBI is called in to work on the strangest case they've ever faced. But how do you find a killer who murders his victims from a distance? After it becomes clear that the killer is targeting agents in Alex's unit, they are ordered into lockdown, sheltered in the dorms at Quantico. Alex bunks with controversial agent Kaely Quinn, and as they work together, Alex discovers in Kaely the role model she's never had--despite being warned away. When Alex starts to question the type of agent she wants to become, things get personal because the brilliant killer strikes close to home. Now Alex will do anything to find the killer even at the risk of her own life. I give Dead Fall five out of five stars! Happy Reading!
Readers who love FBI thrillers will enjoy this second book of the Quantico Files series. BAU agents race to find the psychopath targeting their unit. High paced, well researched with likeable characters make this an enjoyable read. And a twist at the end. Looking forward to the next installment of this action packed series. Recommended!
Hold on to your seats folks for this second novel in The Quantico Files series by Mehl, featuring members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. I just love how these profilers arrive at the profile they create and in this book, a serial killer. I read the first story in the Quantico Files series because it included Kaely Quinn from her Kaely Quinn Profiler series. Now she is one of the profilers but not the main character/profiler in the book. This serial killer is quite different from most serial killers as his method is killing from a distance as in causing the victim to kill himself. Most of the book centers on BAU agents sitting around a table reviewing information and then trying to create a viable profile of the killer. They have very little to go as far as evidence. In fact almost nothing but phone calls. Still people are committing suicide. Now it appears the FBI’s BAU team seems to be the ones targeted and even protection inside the academy is not keeping them safe. They know someone on the inside is helping out the killer, but who is it and why? Then their top man is killed. They have to find out who it is before the next person dies. There is intense suspense as this mystery unfolds. Mehl has written another winner in this one….. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
I reached out to the only Person who could show me who I was truly meant to be. I found God. Without Him, I have no idea where I’d be right now. You see, positions, success, praise from people — none of that lasts. If you judge yourself by human standards, you’ll fail. The only way to truly know yourself is to know the One who created you. Without Him, we’ll never find our way. No matter what happens, nothing will ever rob me of my identity again. They were retired FBI Special Agents - and somebody killed them. Now the same UNSUB was trying to kill active FBI Agents. Somebody will have to stop the murders or the BAU will be gone. It would not be easy and the active members of the BAU would find their lives in danger. Following the themes and practices known to fans of Criminal Minds, the story kept this reader awake as the members of the BAU follow the evidence to identify and apprehend the UNSUB. The characters are real, with strengths and weaknesses they each have to use and overcome. The ending was a surprise (almost), but worth waiting for. I give the book five-stars. _____________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
I thoroughly enjoyed Dead Fall! In this second book in the series we follow Alex Donavan, an FBI behavioral analyst as she works with her team to profile a serial killer. I found this entire book to be so unique - the serial killer/mystery was so different than any I have ever read. I totally didn't see the ending coming and I love that. I thought book two was even better than book one!
Another exciting mystery from Nancy Mehl! And this one combines Alex and Kaely!! I love the character development as you read the series. And seeing the old characters from other books, too. Suspenseful until the end!
Fantastic. This story will keep you guessing almost to the end as to who is the murderer. There were a lot of twists and turns. The characters grow in their knowledge of being BAU analysts and in what they can do with their lives. I cannot wait to see what will come next in this series. This really has you thinking about what people are capable of doing. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House and the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Dead Fall is book two in Nancy Mehl’s The Quantico Files series. This is a well written, fast paced, Christian crime thriller that is filled with action, suspense, mystery, good friendships and mild romance. The story has wonderful, supportive main characters that were introduced in the first story. The story follows after the first book in the series, so it is best to read them in order. BAU members are getting phone calls to kill themselves in 30 second or a loved one will die. Even being put in a safe place without their phones, the threat is still very real. This story points out the extreme measures most people would take to save their loved one. I especially enjoyed the tight working relationships and friendships between Alex, Kaely, Logan and Monty. I especially appreciated the importance faith and prayer have in the story. This story is just so full of action and has many twists and turns that I found it very hard to put down. This is a great story! I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.
Nancy Mehl’s Dead Fall is over-the-top intense! First of all, Kaely Quinn is back! If you haven’t read the Kaely Quinn Profiler series, it’s one of my favorites. But Dead End follows the FBI Behavioral Analyst Unit team. A killer is on the loose, targeting members of the BAU, and Alex Donovan and Logan Hart team up with Kaely to create a profile of the serial killer. But they can’t seem to get a read on their UNSUB, who continues to go after the team. I loved this story! So many twists and turns. I couldn’t figure out who the killer was. Nancy weaves an incredible spiritual message as she dishes out the suspense. Readers get to know more of Alex’s story and of course there’s the budding romance between her and Logan. I highly recommend this novel to suspense fans, but caution that it is intense in some scenes. Overall Rating: 5 stars (I loved it, couldn’t put it down) Suspense Rating: 5 stars (Non-stop edge-of-your-seat suspense from start to finish) I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Alexandra ‘Alex’ Donavan has used her behavior analyst skills to solve her first big case in Kansas, but now she’s working with the elite Behavioral Analysis Unit for the FBI in Quantico. When her team gets called on to solve one of the strangest crimes ever, Alex knows it will take their collective skills to create a profile for local law enforcement to work with. But time is running out. Before the unit can even agree a crime took place, a second case with the same MO takes place in Australia. And then one of their own comes under attack. Can the unit stop a murder in progress? And who will the diabolical killer target next? Why I Loved This Book As a new Christian, Alex continues to grow in her faith with the help of fellow agents Logan Hart and Kaely Quinn. Alex struggles to understand Kaely’s unusual methods of profiling. (Kaely Quinn, the protagonist of her own series, makes an appearance in the Quantico Files. I love it when characters cross into new series, and Mehl does a great job of explaining her presence without belaboring her background). Although second in a series, readers will enjoy Dead Fall as a standalone novel. But why miss out on Night Fall, in which Alex uses all her skills to catch a serial killer with ties to her unusual upbringing? Mehl weaves a tangled web of intrigue suspense lovers will find irresistible. I couldn’t put the book down. Fans of Cara Putnam, Colleen Coble, and Lynette Eason will love this book.
This book was fantastic. The only problem I had with it was trying to put it down. I was hooked from the beginning and it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way through. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
This book was sent to me by Netgalley for review electronically. I really liked this book. I did not want to put it down. About the Behavioral Unit in the FBI...a story that kept my attention...the story moves quickly...There are so many red herrings that it is difficult to determine the ending...the characters are real to life...I could imagine I was there in the middle of the investigation...I hope this is a series, and I hope to read more about these characters...I can't say enough about this book. Enjoy...Read it...
Hold on to your seats when you read this book! Dead Fall by Nancy Mehl is a novel that grips readers from page one and doesn’t let up until page done. There is so much to love about this book. First, this story is seriously fast-paced. When you decide to read this book, make sure you set aside a good chunk of time cause you are not going to want to be disturbed. The suspense is crazy good — it kept me turning pages well into the night. Mehl has a gift for ending her chapters at the exact moment you don’t want them to end. LOL! The characters are also fantastic First, the villain is especially villainous. He is one of the scariest villains I’ve ever read, and how he “kills” his victims is pretty eccentric. Not only is the villain well crafted, but Mehl’s protagonists are pretty stellar, too. I have actually been anticipating this book since I read the first story in the Quantico Files series because Mehl includes Kaely Quinn from her Kaely Quinn Profiler series. Kaely is one of my most favorite characters ever so I was SUPER excited to see how she would fit in with Alex and her BAU team members. She fit in great and I love how she becomes a sort-of mentor to Alex. I appreciate how respectful and considerate Kaely is of Alex’s trauma, and how she clearly wants to help Alex but also respects her boundaries. One of the reasons I like this story so much is because the focus is more on a female, good-friends relationship rather than on a romantic relationship. You don’t see those relationship types get much development in a Romantic Suspense. It was refreshing to read something unique and unlike what’s typical of the genre. I also really appreciate the many topics discussed in this book. The discussion on finding our value in God and not in other humans is my favorite talking point. As someone who has gotten caught up in caring about what others thought about me, this reminder of where my value comes from resonated deeply. Dead Fall is another home run by Nancy Mehl. If you are a fan of Suspense novels, then this is definitely the book for you. Purchase yourself a copy today so you don’t miss out on a gripping who-done-it! I received a copy of this novel in paperback form from the publisher, Bethany House Publishers, in order to review. I also purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on November 4, 2021, in order to review. I also received an eBook copy via NetGalley to review. In no way has any of this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Dead Fall is a modern-day thriller by Nancy Mehl. It is book two in the Quantico Files series. It is not necessary to have read the first book in order to read this one. They do refer to past events several times though, so if you don’t want to feel left out, you might want to consider reading that one first. Summary: Members and former members of the BAU (the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit) are dying. But how they are dying is the true mystery. Each received a threatening phone call. After which they killed themselves. Who is targeting the BAU? Why are they doing it, and HOW are they doing it? Can FBI Agent Alex Donovan and her team solve the most dangerous case of their lives before more succumb to the killer’s demands? My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. The suspense was fantastic and the mystery intriguing and very unique. It was hard to put this one down. It isn’t quite as dark as the author’s previous books, which I appreciated, but it is still quite the thriller. I also like how the author kind of fixed my complaint from the first book in this series. The characters from her Kaelly Quinn profiler series are extremely similar to the characters in this series. But, she actually brought the characters from the Kaelly Quinn series into this book. It was such a smart move because it really allowed readers to see some of the differences between the characters, and how they complement each other. It was fun to see how they worked together, and it really added to the development of the story line. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys plenty of action, drama, and a good mystery. I would like to thank Bethany House for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you!
Dead Fall is the second book in The Quantico Series by Nancy Mehl. You might have a better understanding of the dynamics of the team, and Alex's backstory by reading the previous book. This book also brings back Kaely Quinn from The Kaely Quinn Profiler series, and again I think you'll get the fullest appreciation if you are familiar with that series too. That being said, I do think you could still enjoy this book without having read any of those too. It's not 100% necessary, but certainly very helpful as both Kaely and Alex have rather unique and complex stories that you'll learn much more about there! This was a fantastic read, just as I have come to expect from Nancy Mehl's novels. It was action packed from start to finish and kept you guessing right through to the end. I did start to suspect who would ultimately be revealed as the bad guy fairly early on... but there was still enough of a question to keep me wondering if it could really be so. I truly enjoyed trying to figure it all out. There was definitely a spiritual aspect that you don't see a lot in this genre, and it worked well within this story. Overall, it was a really good read. If you enjoy Christian suspense (with just a hint of romance), this is certainly one to add to your TBR. **I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own.
After putting to rest the most personal case of her career, Alex Donovan is ready to move on and focus on her future at the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit. When the BAU cofounder is discovered dead in his hotel room, the FBI is called in to work on the strangest case they've ever faced. How do you find a killer who murders his victims from a distance? When it becomes clear that the killer is targeting agents in Alex's unit, they are ordered into lockdown, sheltered in the dorms at Quantico. Alex bunks with controversial agent Kaely Quinn, and as they work together, Alex discovers in Kaely the role model she's never had--despite being warned away. As Alex questions the type of agent she wants to become, things get personal when the brilliant killer strikes close to home. Now Alex will do anything to find the killer--even at the risk of her own life. My review: What an interesting book. How do you find a killer when it appears to be a suicide? But you know the person would never commit suicide. Alex is task with doing just that. Every where she and her team goes, it seems the killer knows what they are doing before they do. This is the second book in the series The Quantico Files. It's not necessary to read the first book in the series before reading this one. I recommend it as you learn more about Alex's background. I recommend this book to all who like a good mystery. I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
Once again, Nancy Mehl has written a book that I was incapable of putting down. And I loved getting to see Kaely again. Alex's character arc is still ongoing, another fact that I appreciate in this series. When characters have what feels like real growth throughout a series, it draws me in and makes me want to keep reading. I started out the book with my usual game of trying to figure out the whodunit before the book told me. Did I succeed? Sort of. I had my suspicions. I enjoyed the deeper look at the BAU and its intricate details. The deep faith and spiritual thread that was brought into the story is among my favorites. I can't wait to read the next book. The twists and turns throughout the book kept me reading as I never quite knew what might happen next. It was a stay-up-all-night-and-read kind of book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Nancy Mehl paired Kaely Quinn and Alex Donovan in one doozie of a thriller. Former and current FBI agents are under attack. Sequestered in FBI dorms, the team works together to try to figure out who is doing this... and more importantly, the message he/she is trying to send. Alex and Kaely are roommates, and Alex is very interested in learning Kaely's unorthodox profiling method. The relationship between the two women deepens, as they struggle to stay alive... and solve the murders. A wonderfully twisting and turning storyline!
Nancy Mehl's Dead Fall is one of the most suspenseful books I have read this year. She had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who was plotting the deaths of the FBI's Behavioral Analysts. Alex Donovan is joined by Kaely Quinn an infamous analyst. I loved how the characters were fully developed and the plot was fast-moving and kept me guessing until the end. Nancy also wove her faith through the characters' lives in a fantastic way. I would advise clearing your schedule, fixing a pot of tea, and curling up in your favorite reading nook for a fantastic read.
I've been waiting to read this book ever since I finished Night Fall (the first book in the series) and I was not disappointed because this one was downright amazing!! It's the second book in the series, but it can be read as a stand alone; however, I suggest reading Night Fall first because you will understand Alex and Logan more. This book was a bit intense at times and really made you think about what would you do if you were put in such a situation and although there were a few people who were killed, none of their murders were graphically described. A few things that I loved about the book was that we got to see Alex grow in her faith and I loved how her friendship with Kaely helped her to be more confident - both as a person and as a profiler. Oh, did I mention that my favorite character Kaely Quinn from Mind Games, Fire Storm and Dead End (Kaely Quinn, Profiler series) is one of the main characters! I was thrilled to see yet another side of Kaely because normally she is so reckless in her pursuit of justice that she doesn't care about anyone else; however, in this book she is a part of a team, so she was more responsible and it added another layer to already complex character. Overall, this book was impossible to put down and it's definitely one of the best Christian suspense books I've read this year!! Definitely a must read for anyone who likes a good edge-of-your-seat thriller that has so many twists and turns that it's almost impossible to guess who the UNSUB (killer) was - I rate it 5 out of 5 stars!
When I read a book by Nancy Mehl I can’t do much else but read! It was so hard to put down and concentrate on anything else. The storyline was amazing and I loved the interactions. Kaely and Alex becoming friends and in a way passing a baton. To see them struggle with their faith and see God work. One of the experiences in the book is similar to part of my faith journey. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!
A diabolical serial killer is going after the best of the best in the BAU. The problem is, the profile keeps changing. Why does he know so much about them? Is there a traitor among their own? Alex and Logan are working against time along with Monty, and Kaely, the daughter of a serial killer who just joined the team. They must rely on each other, their God-given skills, and faith to lead them in the right direction no matter what they face. I loved the distinctive personalities that each character had and the way their group bonded as a family. This book is well researched and well written. It kept me twisting and turning long into the night. I couldn’t put it down. I was given a copy courtesy of Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group. This is my honest review.
This book was SO GOOD! I loved it! It was a fascinating twist that people were being murdered from a distance. It made it hard for the profilers to come up with a workable profile. When they become the targets the tension and urgency goes through the roof. There are twists. It's full of action and wonderful suspense. It was a great read. I liked that Kaely Quinn was again a prime character. Alex admires her and longs to learn from her. But Kaely's methods are a little unnerving. Alex has to figure out if that's a good fit for her. This book reads like a Criminal Minds episode. I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a hard time putting the book down. I'd highly recommend it. Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Okay, I had some mixed feelings about this one to begin with, but it came through with the goods in the end! I thought the beginning lacked Nancy’s usually stellar storytelling style, but after about the first 10 chapters her usual style kicked in - in overdrive! This was non-stop action once it got going! Not a single pause until the last page! And freaked me out just a touch more than once! But just a touch! I loved revisiting Alex and Logan as characters, and I’m loving that their story is a super slow burn! Add in the return of Kaely Quinn and a plot twist worthy of an Agatha Christie novel (but really, yes, it was total Agatha-style & every bit as unpredictable as one of hers) and you have a pretty solid combination! Just the right balance of creepy, action, unpredictability and character growth. Definitely recommend for fans of romantic suspense - especially those who don’t mind it a little light on the romance and a touch extra creepy! Thanks @bethanyhousefiction and @netgalley for the ARC, I was only required to provide an honest review in return.
Dead Fall is the second book in the Quantico Files series and also brings characters in from Kaely Quinn Profiler series. I would recommend reading the other books before starting this book. Mehl once again takes inside the FBI"s Behavior Analysis Unit as someone is murdering people who have connections to the BAU or and leaving behind pages of a book written about their work. Is it the suspect one of their own? Can they protect their loved ones without sacrificing their own lives to appease the killer? Mehl has once again created a page-turner that will leave you guessing until the end.