Thursday, April 1, 2021

NIGHT FALL By Nancy Mehl, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

“Evil things like to hide in the dark.”

This is an ominous story. It mentions Covid-19 and a pathogen that could be worse.

Behavioral Analysis Unit members, Alexandra Donovan and Logan Hart embark on a search for The Train Man, a killer who is determined to fulfill a prophecy that will impact all of mankind.

Ms. Mehl shows just how evil a mind can get when indoctrinated from childhood. She contrasts nicely the differ between a cultists Book and the Holy Bible and clearly spells out how God is loving and that His truth is in the real Bible. She lets us look into what it is like to have PTSD and lose control of the coping mechanisms tenuously held in place. There were parts of this book that were truly cringe worthy and brought back unwelcome memories.

I didn’t completely connect with Alex and Logan until about two thirds of the way through the story and the repetitive information dragged the story a bit. In spite of the evil shown, I liked the portrayal of Nettie as a sweet Christian lady and several people were shown as giving their lives to the Lord.

The message that came through was that even though people are raised with evil or hard circumstances- not all choose the path to destruction. There is life and goodness in giving yourself over to Christ.

I am eager to see how the next book brings Alex along in her faith journey.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 4 stars and a strong faith thread 

BackCover Blurb:
Now that Alexandra "Alex" Donovan is finally free of her troubled upbringing, she's able to live out her childhood dream of working for the FBI. But soon after she becomes a member of the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, authorities in Kansas and Missouri contact them about bodies found on freight trains traveling across the country--all killed in the same way.

Alex never expected to be forced to confront her past in this new job, but she immediately recognizes the graffiti messages the killer is leaving on the train cars. When the BAU sends her to gather information about the messages from her aunt in Wichita, Kansas, Alex is haunted by the struggles she thought she'd left behind forever.

In a race against time to solve the case while battling her own weaknesses, Alex must face how far she'll go--and what she's willing to risk--to put a stop to the Train Killer.

Bethany House Publishing, March 2021
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