This is a good thriller but not Mehl's best. This is also the first novel I've read featuring Kaely Quinn. I found her conjuring up characters to talk to a little disconcerting. I know some of us had imaginary friends in childhood but to have one as an adult is quite odd. I would rather that Quinn talk to the Holy Spirit to obtain information about villains.
I also had some trouble in the end believing the final points of the plot and the people involved. Some of the characters were not who we readers thought them to be and it seemed a bit unrealistic that so many were fooled by them. Also, the very end, well, I felt the set-up was just too unrealistic.
Mehl's character development of Quinn is done well. She is a good FBI agent because of events in her childhood. Her character is a good model of one currently being driven by events from the past. Readers will find other characters with the same motivation. That part of the plot would be good for discussion.
While I don't think this is Mehl's best novel, I do like her writing style and will look for more from her. I may skip any more in the Kaely Quinn series as I personally don't like the character.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Nancy Mehl is the author of more than thirty books. She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She and her husband live in Missouri. You can find out more at www.nancymehl.com. Photo by: Ginger Murray Photography
Bethany House Publishers, 336 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.