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Archived Group Reads - 2019 > September's Book of the month - Mind Games by Nancy Mehl

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message 1: by Cheryl, Challenges Mastermind (last edited Sep 01, 2019 09:48PM) (new)

Cheryl Olson (girlsmama) | 707 comments Mod
September's Book of the month is Mind Games (Kaely Quinn Profiler, #1) by Nancy Mehl Mind Games by Nancy Mehl. Here is a short synopsis of the story
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.

Ok, who's in for this one?


message 2: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1488 comments Mod
I’m in!


message 3: by Charlene (new)

Charlene | 339 comments I’m in and I am half way through :)


message 4: by Loraine, CFD Momma (last edited Sep 01, 2019 01:33PM) (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2654 comments Mod
I'm in and Cheryl this is the book I am covering, and Staci is doing the Group Buddy Read, The Seamstress.


message 5: by Chris (new)

Chris | 279 comments I'm in and just finished reading it!! Wow! Now I have to go back and read some of her other books.


message 6: by Kate (new)

Kate (liahonagirl) | 367 comments I'm in. Just started it earlier today and I can tell this is definitely going to be a fast read for me . . . the writing and the characters and the story line are all just sucking me in . . . haha!😊


message 7: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2654 comments Mod
I just finished it also Chris!


message 8: by Cheryl, Challenges Mastermind (new)

Cheryl Olson (girlsmama) | 707 comments Mod
Loraine wrote: "I'm in and Cheryl this is the book I am covering, and Staci is doing the Group Buddy Read, The Seamstress."

Good to know Loraine- I went ahead and set up the thread because I wasn't sure. :)


message 9: by Sarita (new)

Sarita | 1083 comments I'm in. Finished it on Saturday!


message 10: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2654 comments Mod
Cheryl wrote: "Loraine wrote: "I'm in and Cheryl this is the book I am covering, and Staci is doing the Group Buddy Read, The Seamstress."

Good to know Loraine- I went ahead and set up the thread because I wasn'..."


That's fine! Thanks:)


message 11: by Charlene (new)

Charlene | 339 comments 79% (please do not read if you have not finished the book as genuinely don’t want to spoil it for anyone)

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message 12: by Kate (new)

Kate (liahonagirl) | 367 comments Isn't it amazing, Charlene? So many twists and turns!


message 13: by Christine (new)

Christine | 423 comments I read this last month and really enjoyed it! I don't read a whole lot of suspense, but I am glad I read this!


message 14: by Sarita (new)

Sarita | 1083 comments So many twists and turns! I love that in a suspense!


message 15: by Karin (new)

Karin | 190 comments I just started last night, finally and have read the first three chapters. I am not yet sure just how much I will like it yet (too soon to tell), but once again I'm so happy it's not a romance (yes, I know I'm in the minority here :) !! ) I don't read a lot of thrillers, but do tend to enjoy them more than romance.


message 16: by Loraine, CFD Momma (last edited Sep 16, 2019 09:16AM) (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2654 comments Mod
There are no discussion questions available for this book, so I am going to do something a little different. I will ask a question and then tag someone who can ask the next question.

1. What did you think of Kaely's profiling abilities?

Sarita will you post the next question Wednesday, and then tag someone else who has indicated they are finished.


message 17: by Sarita (new)

Sarita | 1083 comments Oh - I like this - will do :-)


message 18: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2654 comments Mod
Thanks. Be sure and answer #1! Others can too.


message 19: by Karin (new)

Karin | 190 comments I think they are so good they are nearly unbelievable. I find it a bit odd that she talks to the unseen person, though, and can see why others find it unsettling.


message 20: by Kate (new)

Kate (liahonagirl) | 367 comments Her abilities are amazing. Her methodology is a wee bit unsettling, as Karin pointed out. I think it was intriguing that Alex told her that she didn't need to talk to her UNSUBs, and I wonder if she will eventually let that go as she moves forward into real-life friendships?


message 21: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2654 comments Mod
I also thought that part was a bit unsettling, but she definitely had amazing abilities.


message 22: by Sarita (new)

Sarita | 1083 comments I think Kaely had an amazing ability to see things which others can't and to dot all the clues together to get a picture/story. I think her method was a way to deal with her father being a serial killer and since then became a comfort crutch (she thinks she can't find the killer without talking to them). I think this method might bring her some trouble in the rest of the series and she will only be able to overcome it when she grows her confident in herself without using the method.


message 23: by Sarita (new)

Sarita | 1083 comments Question 2: Kaely was treated as an outsider due to her methods and people not understanding her. Have you been/known someone who was also labeled "weird" and avoided because people misunderstood them?

Next person to post a question: Kate


message 24: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2654 comments Mod
I immediately thought of Richard Paul Evans the gifted Christian author and speaker. He has Tourette's Syndrome and is often misunderstood and avoided because of his condition.


message 25: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (gr-nancy-a) | 250 comments I just finished reading the ebook. Since I found it already in my Kindle I thought I would join the discussion.
I liked Karly’s quirks .. made her an interesting main character.
It is sad that she hasn’t been able to develop close, healthy relationships though.


message 26: by Kate (last edited Sep 18, 2019 06:55AM) (new)

Kate (liahonagirl) | 367 comments I like the question Sarita . . . I wasn't exactly sure how to answer it at first, because for me, and the vast majority of my own personal experience, I go out of my way (and others do as well) to be inclusive of everyone, no matter their 'quirks'.
However, as I was pondering this question last night, I realised that *I* have used avoidance tactics when I, myself was labelled as 'weird' or 'different'. My younger sister and I were diagnosed with hearing loss and both started wearing hearing aids when I was 5. I remember absolutely *hating* when my mom would use 'back to school night' as a way to remind my teachers that I needed to be assigned a seat at the front of the room so I could hear and understand better. I didn't want to be perceived as 'different' . . . I just wanted to be normal! So, while others didn't avoid me because I was different, I definitely wanted to avoid the thing that made me different.

Question 3 ~ When the poem threatening Kaely is delivered to the FBI office, her boss assigns Noah to be her partner and head up the investigation. Noah (and Kaely) both initially feel that this assignment is more about 'babysitting' Kaely than anything else. Do you think Kaely needed someone to look after her?

(next question is going to be posed by Nancy)


message 27: by Sarita (new)

Sarita | 1083 comments Kate wrote: "I like the question Sarita . . . I wasn't exactly sure how to answer it at first, because for me, and the vast majority of my own personal experience, I go out of my way (and others do as well) to ..."

Wow Kate, thanks for sharing that!


message 28: by Sarita (new)

Sarita | 1083 comments Question 3 - Yes, I do think Kaely needed someone to look out for her - not because of safety reasons, but I think to keep her a bit grounded so that she won't be so overwhelmed/pulled into the puzzle that she forget about everything else. I think she also needed a push from someone else to take a break, or just an emotional sounding board to discuss ideas with.


message 29: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2654 comments Mod
Question 3 - I agree that Kaely needed someone to be a sounding board. I am looking forward to see where their relationship goes.


message 30: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (gr-nancy-a) | 250 comments Question 3

Based on the end of the book I will add that Kaely definitely needs reliable backup! I thought for awhile there that she was alone in a very dangerous spot!

Question 4: One truth that I was reminded of is that we can’t trust hearsay about people because once you really start to interact with them your viewpoint often radically changes..specifically I think that happened after Noah finally met Kaely.
(By the way, I loved the three question bit she did with both Alex and Noah.)

Do you think this story worked well as a “police procedural” book? Did you feel it was realistic ?


message 31: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2654 comments Mod
I agree with you Nancy that we have to judge people for ourselves and what we hear or are told about other people can be totally off from what we think after we have gotten to know someone.

The only thing that bothered me about the police procedural theme was that for a Christian book, her talking to the imaginary villains felt a little bit on the mystical side.


message 32: by Georgann (new)

Georgann | 59 comments Chris wrote: "I'm in and just finished reading it!! Wow! Now I have to go back and read some of her other books." Me, too! I was fascinated by this book and flew right through it, I can't wait for book 2, and I, too, plan to read some of her earlier releases.


message 33: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1488 comments Mod
Q1: I found Kaely's methods to be odd as others have mentioned, but if it works, then I'm good with it!

Q2: Yes, I've definitely known people to be treated differently because of the way they behave or dress. I had someone at church that was very different and I did my best to be kind each time there was an opportunity. It wasn't easy though and I could see others struggled to be patient with her as well. I reminded myself she is one of God's beloved children.

Q3: I wasn't a big fan of the babysitting assignment. If someone is in danger, it seems like there would be an official detail assigned 24/7.

Q4: Yes, I enjoyed reading about some of the police procedures such as who all was assigned to work at the CP when it got set up.


message 34: by Karin (new)

Karin | 190 comments Sarita wrote: "Question 2: Kaely was treated as an outsider due to her methods and people not understanding her. Have you been/known someone who was also labeled "weird" and avoided because people misunderstood t..."

Yes, of course, because I am a bit quirky, although it doesn't always show. But there are other people who don't think I'm weird at all.


message 35: by Karin (new)

Karin | 190 comments Sarita wrote: "Question 3 - Yes, I do think Kaely needed someone to look out for her - not because of safety reasons, but I think to keep her a bit grounded so that she won't be so overwhelmed/pulled into the puz..."

Yes, she does need someone to help her stay grounded, but also for safety reasons. However, I haven't finished reading this yet, so am waiting to see if I am correct on this.


message 36: by Karin (new)

Karin | 190 comments Nancy wrote: "Question 3

Based on the end of the book I will add that Kaely definitely needs reliable backup! I thought for awhile there that she was alone in a very dangerous spot!

Question 4: One truth tha..."


I don't see this book as a police procedural but as a thriller. Yes, there is some police procedure, but that is because these are FBI agents--it really doesn't focus on much of the procedural things such as forensics, etc, but skims a lot of that so far and just gives the main things.


message 37: by Karin (new)

Karin | 190 comments Well, it was kind of police procedural, but more of a thriller, I think.

I finished it and didn't end up liking it that much--it's clean and Christian, but it really wasn't my kind of writing style.


message 38: by Cj (new)

Cj | 5 comments I know I’m late to the party...but I’m starting this book tonight! I’ve been struggling to find a book that sucks me in lately, so I’m hoping this one will do it!


message 39: by Library (new)

Library Queen | 195 comments I'm so late the party is almost over, but I'm about 2/3 of the way through and I'm really enjoying it, although I think I just figured out that (view spoiler) is in danger before Noah did.


message 40: by Library (new)

Library Queen | 195 comments I'm finished! I figured out who the killer was, but I still liked it. Did anyone else know whodunnit?


message 41: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (gr-nancy-a) | 250 comments I was surprised a bit but he was definitely on my list of possibles.


message 42: by Kate (new)

Kate (liahonagirl) | 367 comments Library wrote: "I'm finished! I figured out who the killer was, but I still liked it. Did anyone else know whodunnit?"
The perp was one of the first people I suspected . . . but then there were so many curveballs thrown that I had pretty much written them off as a possibility . . . but then, WHAMMO! lol


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