Free Fall (2022)

About the Book

BookFree Fall

SeriesThe Quantico Files #3

Author: Nancy Mehl

Release Date: June 14, 2022

Genre: Christian Mystery and Suspense

Someone has been abducting women with long dark hair across Virginia. When the FBI is called in to help, Alex Donovan, a behavioral analyst, is tasked with putting together a profile. She’s aided by her friend and colleague Logan Hart, but he has been acting strangely and won’t say why. When the kidnapper demands that Alex meet him at an abandoned amusement park in exchange for the location of all his captives, she takes the bait. But the meeting proves to be a trap, and the building she’s in explodes.

Finding herself imprisoned with several other women, Alex works to think one step ahead of her captor. But the more Logan and the BAU learn about the kidnapper, the more they fear Alex may not make it out alive this time.

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My Thoughts

I have enjoyed each novel in The Quantico Files series by Nancy Mehl, but Free Fall is my favorite. This book is SO good. I love all the ways this book made me think, all the questions I had to face. A serial killer who doesn’t kill … or does he? A Christian full of faith … or is she? A strong hero who wants to be present to help solve all the problems … but can he? All of the constant questions forced me to turn pages well into the night; I absolutely had to now how the characters would deal! I love, love, love how this book made me think the whole time. It allowed me to consider things I struggle with myself. There is a moment early on in the story where Alex is super frustrated. She is consumed by fear and she feels like a failure. She believes in God, has made positive changes in her life, yet she struggles with fear and feels like the fear grows and grows no matter how much she prays. Does having fear mean you are a fraud if you profess to be a Christian? Does God look at you and say, “What a failure!” every time you struggle? I absolutely relate to Alex and her feelings. I hate fear. I hate it SO much. It makes me angry. It makes me angry because I do feel like a fraud. How can I possibly say I love and honor and obey God, yet allow dumb fear to take me down? How can I write reviews and blog posts extolling how good God is in my life, yet fight fear? I must be a fraud! What I love about Alex in this book is that she makes the choice to stop being afraid. It’s a process, but she sticks to it and she changes for the best. She becomes a warrior for God. It’s glorious. I love Alex’s faith journey throughout this story because it reminds me so much of my own. I felt all the feelings she feels in this story. I wondered if I was a fraud. I got frustrated when prayer seemed not to work. And I got to the point where I just made the choice to say NO to fear. It was SO much fun seeing myself in Alex. It made the story so meaningful to me.

The suspense in this novel is intense. I hated having to put this book down. The characters are excellent. The good guys are so real and relatable as they navigate through their various struggles. And the bad guy is super creepy. The question to how many bad guys are there kept me furiously turning pages well into the night. And the conflicts, both internal and external, kept me reading well past my bedtime. But what I appreciate the most about Free Fall, and what makes me highly recommend this outstanding Romantic Suspense, is how much it forced me to confront myself and my truths. Free Fall is one superb read, and a fantastic conclusion to a great series.

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 June 28, 2022, in order to review. In no way has any of this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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