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For any little boy or girl who hears the Train Man speak, Who feels his rancid breath caress their pretty cheek, Must close their eyes, pretend to sleep, and very softly pray, Or else the evil Train Man may carry them away. Finally free of her troubled upbringing, Alex Donovan is able to live out her childhood dream of working for the FBI. But soon after she becomes a member o For any little boy or girl who hears the Train Man speak, Who feels his rancid breath caress their pretty cheek, Must close their eyes, pretend to sleep, and very softly pray, Or else the evil Train Man may carry them away. Finally free of her troubled upbringing, Alex Donovan is 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 Missouri contact them about bodies found on freight trains--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 and recover a deadly virus sample the killer intends to spread, Alex must face how far she'll go--and what she's willing to risk--to put a stop to the Train Man.


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For any little boy or girl who hears the Train Man speak, Who feels his rancid breath caress their pretty cheek, Must close their eyes, pretend to sleep, and very softly pray, Or else the evil Train Man may carry them away. Finally free of her troubled upbringing, Alex Donovan is able to live out her childhood dream of working for the FBI. But soon after she becomes a member o For any little boy or girl who hears the Train Man speak, Who feels his rancid breath caress their pretty cheek, Must close their eyes, pretend to sleep, and very softly pray, Or else the evil Train Man may carry them away. Finally free of her troubled upbringing, Alex Donovan is 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 Missouri contact them about bodies found on freight trains--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 and recover a deadly virus sample the killer intends to spread, Alex must face how far she'll go--and what she's willing to risk--to put a stop to the Train Man.

30 review for Night Fall

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    An intriguing idea of a cult with a prophecy a man believes he must fulfill. Add in a heroine who has fought hard to overcome her past and a hero who stays by her side and truly sees her and it’s a compelling read for those who like suspense with a hint of romance and a side of faith.

  2. 5 out of 5

    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 lovi “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.*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Jackson

    There are very few authors that when I get a book I know I am in for a treat. Nancy Mehl is one of those few. I really enjoyed Night Fall. It was a thriller that kept me captive until the end. I rarely start a book and be unable to put it down but I read this in one sitting. The plot was infallible and entertaining. I have a short attention span and if a book slows down I loose interest. Night Fall held my attention. The characters were great and introduced very well. I love how Nancy can create There are very few authors that when I get a book I know I am in for a treat. Nancy Mehl is one of those few. I really enjoyed Night Fall. It was a thriller that kept me captive until the end. I rarely start a book and be unable to put it down but I read this in one sitting. The plot was infallible and entertaining. I have a short attention span and if a book slows down I loose interest. Night Fall held my attention. The characters were great and introduced very well. I love how Nancy can create a hero that is tough and still have vulnerabilities. Night fall has faith, excitement and action. It is an all around 5 star. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    If you like FBI suspense stories with just a touch of romance thrown in, then you'll love this fast-paced novel. It's different because from the beginning, you know who the bad guy is, but it doesn't matter because you're still kept guessing throughout the whole thing about how everything fits together. Plus, there are still two big twists at the end that hopefully you won't see coming! Not only is this a suspense novel though, it also explores trauama and how people react differently to it. The If you like FBI suspense stories with just a touch of romance thrown in, then you'll love this fast-paced novel. It's different because from the beginning, you know who the bad guy is, but it doesn't matter because you're still kept guessing throughout the whole thing about how everything fits together. Plus, there are still two big twists at the end that hopefully you won't see coming! Not only is this a suspense novel though, it also explores trauama and how people react differently to it. The author juxtaposes Alex, the main character, against the serial killer. They both carry deep scars from difficult childhoods, but they have let those experiences shape them in opposite ways. Alex is wounded, but she has chosen to fight against evil in the world, while the killer has let his wounds twist him into something evil. I appreciate how the author deals with some deeper themes as well as making an intriguing story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "Do you hear the Train Man rumbling in the night?" F. B. I. Behavioral Analyst Specialist Alex Donovan "felt like all the blood in her body had frozen, as if time itself had come to a halt". Seeing those awful phrases painted on the side of a rail car brought back equally awful memories from her childhood, for Alex remembered those words being chanted from the lips of a woman who had been designated as her guardian, although undeniably unstable, her Aunt Willow had taken Alex in after th 3.5 stars "Do you hear the Train Man rumbling in the night?" F. B. I. Behavioral Analyst Specialist Alex Donovan "felt like all the blood in her body had frozen, as if time itself had come to a halt". Seeing those awful phrases painted on the side of a rail car brought back equally awful memories from her childhood, for Alex remembered those words being chanted from the lips of a woman who had been designated as her guardian, although undeniably unstable, her Aunt Willow had taken Alex in after the death of her mother. Frankly, at this point Alex has no choice but to pull herself together in order to aggressively utilize her inside knowledge, the agency is frantically tracking a serial killer, a psychopath who has declared himself as the "Destroyer", his signature being the "Train Man". But what about the cost to Alex's psyche? Revisiting her nightmares will be no easy assignment. As Alex and her team race forward to avoid a sixth death and the possible unleashing of a powerful pathogen, her subconscious reverts back to episodes of paranoia, near panic attacks, and questions . . . . . all sorts of questions about God . . . . angels . . . . and demons. Fellow agent Logan Hart, nicknamed "The Preacher", calmly and gently probes Alex's misconceptions, assuring her of the existence of a one true God whose characteristics are nothing like the cultish influences of her past. Will it be enough? Will Alex know who to call on in her darkest hour . . . "or else the evil Train Man may carry them(her) away". Non-stop action, interesting twists and turns, . . . characters that readers will want to spend much more time with . . . , characters whom characters themselves will want to spend more time with. A very intriguing suspense with a rather dark ambience, balanced by some very authentic questions and answers about all things spiritual.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelsie

    As a novelist myself, I know just how much time, heart, and research goes into writing a novel like Night Fall by Nancy Mehl. It hurts me to negatively review books, but Night Fall disappointed me. I only really enjoyed the last twenty percent of the story. The rest left me wanting far, far more. I did not find this book “suspenseful,” despite the premise. A serial killer tagging train cars? The FBI’s famous and well-respected Behavioral Analysis Unit taking center stage? I couldn’t say “sign me As a novelist myself, I know just how much time, heart, and research goes into writing a novel like Night Fall by Nancy Mehl. It hurts me to negatively review books, but Night Fall disappointed me. I only really enjoyed the last twenty percent of the story. The rest left me wanting far, far more. I did not find this book “suspenseful,” despite the premise. A serial killer tagging train cars? The FBI’s famous and well-respected Behavioral Analysis Unit taking center stage? I couldn’t say “sign me up” fast enough when given the opportunity to read Night Fall. But it didn’t take long for me to set reading goals for the novel. I read ten to fifteen percent of Night Fall per day; I could only stomach that much. Up until I forced myself through the final mile of the marathon to cross the finish line. I loved the TV show Criminal Minds. Netflix’s series Mindhunter drew me in within the first ten minutes. I’ve read John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker’s book of the same title, and their November 2020 work, The Killer’s Shadow. Needless to say, behavioral analysis catches my attention. While Night Fall may have presented an accurate depiction of how the BAU operates, this doesn’t necessarily make for a good novel. Meetings. Mehl strangles Night Fall’s readers with them. If it’s not an in-person meeting, the characters are on video chats, phone calls, or talking in vehicles, hotels, or conference rooms. I skipped paragraphs, hoping to find endings to the discussions. It was exhausting and boring, even with all the mumbo-jumbo about analyzing the killer’s psyche. Night Fall actually reminded me of a Criminal Minds episode. Readers witness glimpses of the killer’s real-time activities, and the authorities are a race against time before he kills again. Differences do exist—Mehl reveals the killer’s identity from the start, and Night Fall was not half as exciting. At least, not for me. Meetings are boring. Period. I wanted the characters to do something, but this didn’t really happen until close to the end, and at that point, they broke FBI protocols and worried about keeping their jobs. Furthermore, I read Night Fall by Nancy Mehl expecting a romantic suspense novel. What occurred in Night Fall wasn’t romance. Attraction? Maybe. Even then, the “attraction” centered on mostly physical attributes. A past novel I critiqued, I said the romance overpowered everything else. Well, in Night Fall, everything else overshadowed the romance. To the point I wish it just hadn’t been there. I’d be interested to see if the romance between Alex and Logan expands in later novels in The Quantico Files series but not interested enough to seek out further books...or any other Nancy Mehl books, for that matter. Night Fall does have positive qualities; it very creative and well researched. I loved the contrast between Alex and the serial killer. They shared similar backgrounds, yet one chose to pursue law and order, and the other turned into a psychopath. Overall, however, Night Fall by Nancy Mehl was a lackluster letdown.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy Bradsher

    Nancy Mehl’s books get better with each one that she writes – and that’s definitely true for Night Fall! The first book in her new Quantico Files series, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Her bad guy sets the stakes impossibly high, and FBI Agent Alex Donovan is challenged in every way to catch him. I like the way that Mehl created tension throughout the story. It’s there in every way, just like the conflict that Alex faces. There’s romantic tension between agents, of course, and Nancy Mehl’s books get better with each one that she writes – and that’s definitely true for Night Fall! The first book in her new Quantico Files series, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Her bad guy sets the stakes impossibly high, and FBI Agent Alex Donovan is challenged in every way to catch him. I like the way that Mehl created tension throughout the story. It’s there in every way, just like the conflict that Alex faces. There’s romantic tension between agents, of course, and family tension in relationships gone awry, but there’s also spiritual tension between different characters and ultimately created by the plot through the cult and its members. This provides the perfect opportunity for Mehl and her faith-filled characters to share the basic tenets of Christianity in a natural way without the preachiness that this often involves. With psychopaths and cult members, this is not your old-school Christian book but one that’s filled with heart-stopping action and realistic edginess that will make for a fast-paced read for anyone who enjoys suspense books. Alex is an engaging lead character. I love how she’s strong and has worked hard to overcome the difficulty of her childhood but is also willing to consider new ideas when evidence is presented to her. Her determination is admirable and part of what makes her the best kind of lead: she’s truly a heroine and plays the part well. Mehl threw some crazy twists and turns in this story, and I can’t say that I couldn’t see a few of them coming; but I didn’t predict them all, and I love when an author can surprise me with plot twists. These definitely kept me turning pages faster and faster as I tried to figure it all out – and that’s one of those things that I love most about this genre. The plot in Night Fall involves a potential global pandemic, and releasing on the heels of Covid-19, I was a bit hesitant about that. Mehl handled it incredibly well, though, acknowledging the trauma of that event while writing in a return to normalcy that felt great to read about. I enjoy the way that she created that part of the storyline, but if the pandemic was especially traumatic for you, take care. All in all, though, Night Fall is a fantastic story that I’ve already recommended to several other readers. It’s edgy enough to be an escape but real enough to be exciting. You won’t be able to put it down – and I’m already writing November of 2021 on my calendar so I can read the sequel as soon as it releases. I received a free copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    This is an extremely complicated story involving a psycho serial killer, a protagonist with PTSD, a cult with very dark roots and a deadly virus set to be released unless the perpetrator is stopped. Wow! So much was going on so quickly that I sometimes lost track of what was happening and where. Alexandra Donovan is newly transferred to the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI, just in time to try to be the hero versus the infamous Train Man, a serial killer who leaves his victims in freight cars This is an extremely complicated story involving a psycho serial killer, a protagonist with PTSD, a cult with very dark roots and a deadly virus set to be released unless the perpetrator is stopped. Wow! So much was going on so quickly that I sometimes lost track of what was happening and where. Alexandra Donovan is newly transferred to the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI, just in time to try to be the hero versus the infamous Train Man, a serial killer who leaves his victims in freight cars. Then, there is the cult that studies something called The Book. The cult is very dark and foreboding and not to be messed with since they tend to kill those who get in their way. The author does a fantastic job of differentiating between the beliefs of the cult and the beliefs in the Holy Bible. Since Alex was raised in a home with an aunt in the cult, she is quite confused about her faith, so part of the book is about her trying to come to terms with Biblical truth. One of the main thrusts of the book was the heavy toll that those who are indoctrinated into a cult pay, especially if they began in childhood. Their adulthood becomes totally influenced by what they were taught as a child and the members in the group here are determined to release a deadly virus in the United States. Thus Alex and her partner Logan have to thwart a serial killer and a deadly virus, all while dealing with their own issues from their past. I must say that I was confused for the first few chapters until I read a synopsis of the book and understood where it was going. Some of the information, especially about the cult, seemed to be repetitive and made the book longer than I thought that it needed to be and also slowed the pacing somewhat. The message of the book, one of making good choices or suffer the consequences of the bad ones, reverberated throughout the book and was wise counsel. Fans of dark Christian suspense will enjoy this book. I look forward to the next book in the series so that I can find out more about Alex and her FBI career as well as about her partner who seemed a mysterious character on the side who was just there to help out Alex when she got into a bind. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    The story starts with an almost 12 yr old boy in bed, being read to from The Book by his mother. Adam hates it when she reads it to him because it scares him. Then she scares him even more when she recites the “Train Man” nursery rhyme to him. She does it to scare him into staying in bed until morning. His mother scares him and his father so much that they always obey her. We learn later in the story that The Book is only allowed by certain people who belong to a group who call themselves the Ci The story starts with an almost 12 yr old boy in bed, being read to from The Book by his mother. Adam hates it when she reads it to him because it scares him. Then she scares him even more when she recites the “Train Man” nursery rhyme to him. She does it to scare him into staying in bed until morning. His mother scares him and his father so much that they always obey her. We learn later in the story that The Book is only allowed by certain people who belong to a group who call themselves the Circle. Jump ahead to when Adam is now an adult and tagging train cars. When bodies begin to appear in train cars that are tagged with a verse and initials TM. Alex works for the FBI and is being summoned to go to Kansas City as part of a task force to assist the KCPD in finding the serial killer. When she learns of the verses being used in the tagging she starts to remember The Book and her crazy aunt who recited it to her after she went to live with her aunt. Alex hasn’t been to see her aunt since she left Wichita at age 18. She is told to get her aunt’s copy of The Book to help with the investigation. When she and her coworker Logan arrive in Wichita they are met by Alex’s former neighbor friend Mike who now works for the local FBI office. Being back in Wichita and seeing her aunt is bringing up Alex’s painful past. Will she be able to get past it and have clear thinking for the investigation? When Alex’s aunt and caregiver are attacked and murdered in their home will they find out who did it? The caregiver Nettie was in bad condition in ICU at the hospital. When Alex & Logan arrive at the hospital they see Mike. They try talking to Nettie but she’s unable to talk well enough to understand and then all of a sudden she dies. We don’t learn until later why she died when she was in fairly stable condition. When it’s finally determined who TM (the train car tagged) is we find out he’s also stolen an active virus that is much worse than COVID-19. Will they find TM in time to get the vial of virus before it’s unleashed? How many more people will die before TM is caught? Will Alex get over her fears, and anger towards her aunt and God? What happens when Alex sets out on her own against orders to find TM and the gal he abducted? Will Logan get there in time to help Alex? I received my copy as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to the next book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Derrington

    Okay, I’m presenting you with yet another opportunity to learn from my mistakes! 🤦🏽‍♀️ Do NOT under any circumstances read the first 8 chapters of this book late at night, alone, in the dark!! Unless of course you want to not be able to sleep!😂 That said, this book is not THAT creepy! It’s just that it starts with introducing you to the bad guy and his weird, disturbing, cultish upbringing. Once you get past the start, the creepy level calms down a bit. It’s slightly creepy, of course, since we’ Okay, I’m presenting you with yet another opportunity to learn from my mistakes! 🤦🏽‍♀️ Do NOT under any circumstances read the first 8 chapters of this book late at night, alone, in the dark!! Unless of course you want to not be able to sleep!😂 That said, this book is not THAT creepy! It’s just that it starts with introducing you to the bad guy and his weird, disturbing, cultish upbringing. Once you get past the start, the creepy level calms down a bit. It’s slightly creepy, of course, since we’re dealing with a serial killer, but not too bad. I’d place it as very similar to her Kaely Quinn series if you’ve read those. If you haven’t, it’s creepier than your typical romantic suspense, but not as creepy as a Ted Dekker novel... I loved the unique approach to a suspense storyline. She introduces us to the bad guy straight up and we meet the investigators second. Both we and the investigators know who the bad guy is from the get go - they just need to find him. One would think that might take the suspense out of the storyline - trust me, it does no such thing!! There are definitely still plenty of twists and turns & even some total blindsides for good measure! I may have randomly guessed a couple of the big ones, but that I don’t think it was anything about the book or the writing that gave it away. It was just my overactive, well acquainted with suspense brain going ‘what if..?’ And turning out to be correct! 🤦🏽‍♀️😂 haha oops, totally accidentally destroyed a jaw-dropping twist for myself, but oh well... I still enjoyed finding out I was right! Lol! I recommend for sure. You’ll definitely like this one if you enjoy romantic suspense, particularly if you enjoy the more psychological and/or lighter on romance end of romantic suspense. A massive thank you @bethanyhousefiction and @netgalley for the ARC. I was only required to provide an honest review in return.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This FBI suspense novel revolves around several psychological issues. The main characters, Alex and Logan, are with the behavioral unit of the FBI. They would generally provide a profile of the villain. In this novel, the identity of the villain is soon known so they work on understanding his actions and character with a view to preventing further murders. Another area of psychological exploration is cult involvement. Alex had been exposed to a weird cult as a teen. While she had escaped that si This FBI suspense novel revolves around several psychological issues. The main characters, Alex and Logan, are with the behavioral unit of the FBI. They would generally provide a profile of the villain. In this novel, the identity of the villain is soon known so they work on understanding his actions and character with a view to preventing further murders. Another area of psychological exploration is cult involvement. Alex had been exposed to a weird cult as a teen. While she had escaped that situation, it all comes back on her when she realizes their villain is a member of that same cult. Alex also has PTSD from teen experiences she is still trying to manage. Another deeply explored issue is the relationship between Christianity and cult belief. We find out how cults can begin and generate associated literature. Cult beliefs are frequently contrasted to beliefs of Christianity in this novel. There is a very clear Christian message included. It is not subtle as the gospel is explained several times. Another interesting aspect of the plot is the possibility of killing many with an airborne virus. That is a timely subject as the world is still in the midst of fighting a pandemic. While most of the novel deals with psychological issues, there is some suspense. I was a bit disappointed when the suspense was prefaced by a thought of Alex. “This might be the dumbest thing she'd ever done.” ((3332/3990) No surprise suspense followed. There are some good twists near the end and a revelation that was not surprising. This is a good novel for readers who like an FBI plot centering on profiling and other psychological issues. I liked it and will be looking for the next in the series. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher, My comments are an independent and honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Nancy Mehl is one of my favorite Christian Suspense Authors. Her newest novel Night Fall is the first book in the Quantico Files Series. From the very first page I was captivated and couldn't wait to see how it ended. The pace is steady with plenty of mystery. This one is a little different as you know who did it from the beginning, but there is still plenty of mystery. I also love the message that this brings. It doesn't matter how you were raised, you can choose to rise above your circumstance Nancy Mehl is one of my favorite Christian Suspense Authors. Her newest novel Night Fall is the first book in the Quantico Files Series. From the very first page I was captivated and couldn't wait to see how it ended. The pace is steady with plenty of mystery. This one is a little different as you know who did it from the beginning, but there is still plenty of mystery. I also love the message that this brings. It doesn't matter how you were raised, you can choose to rise above your circumstance or you can fall into the same pattern of those who raised you. It takes a brave and strong woman to be a better person in spite of her circumstances. Alexandra (Alex) though she was free from her troubled upbringing. No one knows about her past and that is just the way she likes it. She is living out her childhood dream of working for the FBI. She has just become a member of the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, when the Kansas and Missouri authorities contacts them about bodies found on freight trains traveling across the country--all killed in the same way. Alex never expected to be forced into confronting her past in her 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, KS, 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. ***Thanks to Bethany House Publishing for providing me with a copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest opinion.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda Wilson

    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 kill 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. Alex has to face old fears and a traumatic childhood as she is sent to Wichita to help catch a serial murderer. Along the way she discovers that not only is he a serial murderer but he is planning on releasing a deadly toxin that could wipe put a third of the world’s population. Along with Alex is another Logan another Behavior Analyst with the FBI. She finds herself revealing more of her childhood to him than she has to anyone else. While in Wichita the things she has tried to forget resurface. As she struggles to overcome her past, time is running out to catch the terrorist. I recommend this book to all mystery fans. I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    Night Fall by Nancy Mehl begins with a suspense moment, then readers are thrown in the action as the officer, Alex, a behavioral analyst has to find the serial killer before it is too late. The suspense centers around The Book, a book filled with lies stating that all humans are either angels or demons. The killer believes he is the one to set the final battle in place, but he has to make five sacrifices before coming to the final sacrifice before releasing the battle. The suspense was top notch Night Fall by Nancy Mehl begins with a suspense moment, then readers are thrown in the action as the officer, Alex, a behavioral analyst has to find the serial killer before it is too late. The suspense centers around The Book, a book filled with lies stating that all humans are either angels or demons. The killer believes he is the one to set the final battle in place, but he has to make five sacrifices before coming to the final sacrifice before releasing the battle. The suspense was top notch. I love stories that feature a hunt for a serial killer. However, with the plot in this story, I had one issue. I did not like knowing who the killer was. His name and viewpoints were announced pretty early on in the book. I would have liked it to be a mystery. More pronouns instead of showing us who the person was. It would have made a little more of a mystery. Instead it was a hunt to find the person. I’m surprised they did not find him earlier. They knew who he was. Yes, Mehl does try to explain why they could not capture him before time, but it just felt like a cheap trick. On the other hand, my favorite part of the novel is the spiritual journey for Alex. I enjoy how Mehl made her doubt any faith, which is understandable as readers dive into the story. The spiritual journey reads true, and I can’t wait to see the end result. Overall, Night Fall by Nancy Mehl is hunt for a serial killer novel with plenty of suspense and hunting for justice. Fans of DiAnn Mills and Colleen Coble might enjoy this novel too. I received a complimentary copy of Night Fall by Nancy Mehl from Bethany House Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    I am so excited that the author has started a new series. She is one of my go to authors for intrigue and suspense stories. This book delivers a heart pounding story that starts off with terrifying action. I felt my skin crawl as I began the book and realized I would not be able to put the book down until I finished it. The author never disappoints me as she has a gift for writing intense stories that has a message of faith firmly planted in the story. I was intrigued by the story that focused o I am so excited that the author has started a new series. She is one of my go to authors for intrigue and suspense stories. This book delivers a heart pounding story that starts off with terrifying action. I felt my skin crawl as I began the book and realized I would not be able to put the book down until I finished it. The author never disappoints me as she has a gift for writing intense stories that has a message of faith firmly planted in the story. I was intrigued by the story that focused on a cult that believes in everything that goes against Christianity. It delves into a world that is delusional and has followers that are deceived. I could visualize the entire story as the author uses her gift of storytelling. Alex is my new favorite hero as she faces her past in a race to capture the person who wants to unleash a deadly virus. It is reminiscent of what the world faced recently with COVID 19. How scary it is to think that someone is so sinister to want to destroy others? Alex must face her biggest fear as she unravels the mystery of who the unsub is. I liked the reference to Criminal Minds as this book reminds me of that show. The FBI has their hands full trying to keep one step ahead of the person who must fulfill his prophecy. I thought The Book the author referred to in the story was brilliant. Her imagination is incredible as The Book becomes the focal point of the investigation. The author gives us curve balls in the story and shocked me with the ending. I am happy to know that there will be a second book coming in this series. I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House. The review is my own opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Hutson

    No sooner than I got this book in the mail, I picked it up just to flip through and suddenly realized that I had already read half the book. I only had to stop to feed the dog and cat! Nancy Mehl shows once again why she is the Queen of Suspense! Alex Donovan has worked hard to overcome her past and become an FBI analyst with the Behavioral Analysis Unit or BAU. She typically is called upon to present a profile that will lead them to a killer, but in this case, the murderer has already revealed No sooner than I got this book in the mail, I picked it up just to flip through and suddenly realized that I had already read half the book. I only had to stop to feed the dog and cat! Nancy Mehl shows once again why she is the Queen of Suspense! Alex Donovan has worked hard to overcome her past and become an FBI analyst with the Behavioral Analysis Unit or BAU. She typically is called upon to present a profile that will lead them to a killer, but in this case, the murderer has already revealed himself and Alex and her partner, Logan Hart, just have to find him. He calls himself the Train Man and had an incredibly disturbing upbringing. But as Alex, herself, shows it's not about your past but rather how you respond to the past that truly matters. Knowing Mehl as I do, I knew that there would be some intense twists and turns and she did not disappoint! Mehl is almost diabolical when it comes to crafting suspense and this one was a masterpiece! I love how she weaves the truths of God's Word into every story and it was fascinating to see how Alex and Logan interacted and grew in their own way. Just don't start this one unless you have plenty of time because it's a page-turner that you won't be able to put down! 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Floyd

    Nancy Mehl’s latest thriller is both solidly Christian and somewhat creepy. Adam Walker and Alex Donovan were raised in very similar situations: broken homes who were committed to following the Book, the basis for a cult known as The Circle. Yet they turned out very differently because of the choices they made during their lives. God was working in both their lives. Both would hear his voice, but only one would listen. As the plot makes clear: God loves everyone, but each must individually respond Nancy Mehl’s latest thriller is both solidly Christian and somewhat creepy. Adam Walker and Alex Donovan were raised in very similar situations: broken homes who were committed to following the Book, the basis for a cult known as The Circle. Yet they turned out very differently because of the choices they made during their lives. God was working in both their lives. Both would hear his voice, but only one would listen. As the plot makes clear: God loves everyone, but each must individually respond to that love. These themes are explored in a story that takes the reader from Washington DC to Kansas City KS to Ethiopia. The danger is real and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit will need to work hard to discover the source of the threat and stop it before millions are killed. Though it picks up many of the ideas that are familiar to those who watch Criminal Minds on TV, the characters are decidedly different. At the same time, the book echoes some of the creepier stories from that show. Unlike the TV show, the book clearly demonstrates God working in the lives of all who put their trust in Him. I give the book 4 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy Langmaack

    Nancy Mehl has quickly become one of my absolute favorite suspense writers. I love her focus on profiling and find it adds a new element to much of the suspense writing out there. In Night Fall, Mehl has written an intriguing story about BAU profiler Alex Donavan as she works to untangle her troubled past from the new case she's been handed. Night Fall also takes a unique approach because we find out who the perpetrator is from the beginning. While that took one element of suspense out of the st Nancy Mehl has quickly become one of my absolute favorite suspense writers. I love her focus on profiling and find it adds a new element to much of the suspense writing out there. In Night Fall, Mehl has written an intriguing story about BAU profiler Alex Donavan as she works to untangle her troubled past from the new case she's been handed. Night Fall also takes a unique approach because we find out who the perpetrator is from the beginning. While that took one element of suspense out of the story, I truly enjoyed getting to really see the perpetrator's process and thoughts as he committed his crimes. And truly, there was a twist at the end that I hadn't seen coming. I would say this story has less action than most suspense stories, but it felt much more true to a criminal profiling job than we see on television or in most books. This is the first book I've read with COVID-19 in it, and I hadn't been prepared to read about that in this story. However, it doesn't come into play in such a way as to feel like it's taking over the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I read it in two days and I can't wait to read more about Alex Donavan! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Duell-Moore

    Adam Walker’s childhood was not a great one. He was abused mentally and physically. His mother kept reading to him from a book that was just called, The Book. It was full of lies that many people believed. Some people were thought to demons and others angels. Adam believed he was oven to destroy a third of the world. Many years later.there are several murders by someone known as The Train Man. There bodies were left on trails or near trains. The finally identify the Train Man being Adam. Alex Do Adam Walker’s childhood was not a great one. He was abused mentally and physically. His mother kept reading to him from a book that was just called, The Book. It was full of lies that many people believed. Some people were thought to demons and others angels. Adam believed he was oven to destroy a third of the world. Many years later.there are several murders by someone known as The Train Man. There bodies were left on trails or near trains. The finally identify the Train Man being Adam. Alex Donavan is taken to her aunt’s to live after her mother dies. Her aunt reads to her from the same book that Adam’s mother does. Alex’s aunt acts really strange. Her house is a filthy mess. Alex ends up doing all the cleaning, cooking, and paying the bills because her aunt is not capable enough to do them. Many years later she’s working with the FBI. That’s something she’s wanted to do ever sense she was a teen. She and a couple other people are put on the team to find The Train Man and and his plans. Do they find him? What are his plans? Does he success? Do they find him in time? Are there others involved in his plans? A very good book that was difficult to put down! It kept me on the edge of my seat!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Haunting. Intense. Chilling. And quite intriguing, describes Nancy Mehl's unparalleled new suspense, Night Fall! At first I really didn't care much for heroine, Alex Donovan, to be quite frank. Until I got to know her—a young lady who clawed her way out of a horrendous past to become a member of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. A young lady who appears as tough as nails, but must fight to override her anxiety and fears when her past collides with the present. I grew to admire her a great deal Haunting. Intense. Chilling. And quite intriguing, describes Nancy Mehl's unparalleled new suspense, Night Fall! At first I really didn't care much for heroine, Alex Donovan, to be quite frank. Until I got to know her—a young lady who clawed her way out of a horrendous past to become a member of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. A young lady who appears as tough as nails, but must fight to override her anxiety and fears when her past collides with the present. I grew to admire her a great deal in spite of her aloofness at times. I really liked kind-hearted Logan Hart, as he partners with her to find the Train Man, a psychopathic serial killer who is somehow linked to Alex's past. And what a storyline! I was a total train wreck at the conclusion of this fast-paced, exhilarating novel and am determined never to ride Amtrak again! lol Ms. Mehl skillfully deals with tough issues such as OCD, PTSD, and anxiety attacks. Her knowledge and research of the FBI and its tactics—unsurpassable and brilliant. If you're looking for a toe-curling romance you won't find but just a little spark of attraction, but I'm hoping it ignites into a full-blown romantic flame by the end of this series! *I was given a complimentary copy of this novel by Bethany House. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I received no monetary compensation for this review.*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lifeofliterature

    A chilling and thrilling novel, this book kept me up much too late on several occasions as I was swept into the twists and turns of the story. It is obvious to me that the author did her research regarding the inner workings of the FBI and BAU and I appreciated how she incorporated this information seamlessly into the fast paced storyline. She also tackles difficult subjects such as anxiety and PTSD with careful consideration. I greatly enjoyed the plot and the suspense in this book. I liked Ale A chilling and thrilling novel, this book kept me up much too late on several occasions as I was swept into the twists and turns of the story. It is obvious to me that the author did her research regarding the inner workings of the FBI and BAU and I appreciated how she incorporated this information seamlessly into the fast paced storyline. She also tackles difficult subjects such as anxiety and PTSD with careful consideration. I greatly enjoyed the plot and the suspense in this book. I liked Alex’s partner, Logan, almost immediately, but it took me a little bit more time to appreciate Alex and all that she went through to become the person she is today. I’m excited to see where their relationship might head in the rest of the series. There are some creepy aspects to the killer and for that reason I definitely recommend this for mature audiences, but I appreciated the spiritual themes woven throughout the novel and did not find the content inappropriate for Christian fiction. Overall, I enjoyed this suspenseful novel and look forward to the next book! Recommended to those who like contemporary suspense! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Alexandra "Alex" Donovan has overcome her past and now is a member of the FBI's elite Behavior Analysis Unit. When bodies all killed in the same way are found on freight trains traveling across the country, the BAU is called in. Alex immediately recognizes the graffiti message the killer is leaving on the train cars and realizes she will have to confront her past in this new job. As usual, Nancy Mehl fills her pages with twists, turns, and surprise endings that keep you turning pages until you ha Alexandra "Alex" Donovan has overcome her past and now is a member of the FBI's elite Behavior Analysis Unit. When bodies all killed in the same way are found on freight trains traveling across the country, the BAU is called in. Alex immediately recognizes the graffiti message the killer is leaving on the train cars and realizes she will have to confront her past in this new job. As usual, Nancy Mehl fills her pages with twists, turns, and surprise endings that keep you turning pages until you have finished the book. Words like haunting, intense, thrilling and chilling all came to mind as I was reading. Her partner, Logan Heart, was a kind-hearted young man who stood beside Alex as they fought to track down this psychopathic serial killer. The author's detailed research shows up in her understanding of OCD, PTSD, and anxiety attacks. The romance plays a very light thread in the background, and it will be interesting to see if it develops further in the series. I definitely recommend this intense suspense for those who like page turners! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pam Burke

    If you have read any of Nancy Mehl's suspense novels -- particularly her Kaely Quinn series -- you know something of her skill in the genre, as well as her ability to draw you in with some out-of-the-box story elements. Well, she has done it again with Night Fall, the first book in her Quantico Files series. The characters -- good guys, bad guys, those guys you aren't sure about -- are what move this story at a pace that makes it hard to put down. Like any good suspense, there are hints and quest If you have read any of Nancy Mehl's suspense novels -- particularly her Kaely Quinn series -- you know something of her skill in the genre, as well as her ability to draw you in with some out-of-the-box story elements. Well, she has done it again with Night Fall, the first book in her Quantico Files series. The characters -- good guys, bad guys, those guys you aren't sure about -- are what move this story at a pace that makes it hard to put down. Like any good suspense, there are hints and questions about "whodunit" that come at various spots along the way. But you just might find some twists near the end of the story that you didn't see coming. There is a genuine and well-done element of faith development woven throughout the story. Also important to the movement of the story is the research by the author into realistic law enforcement and medical details. I highly recommend Night Fall to fans of great inspirational fiction, and I look forward to more to come in this series. Thanks to the author and her publisher for providing a copy of the book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Misty Wilson

    Nancy Mehl is a masterful story teller who draws you in to the story with their intrigue and suspense. Her thorough research help paint a vivid picture with her words bringing the story to life. Alex Donovan is an member of the FBI’s BAU that is forced to confront the past she thought she left behind when she is asked to profile a serial killer. Alex has worked hard to overcome her troubled childhood and keep it hidden from her coworkers. When she finds herself opening up to her partner on the c Nancy Mehl is a masterful story teller who draws you in to the story with their intrigue and suspense. Her thorough research help paint a vivid picture with her words bringing the story to life. Alex Donovan is an member of the FBI’s BAU that is forced to confront the past she thought she left behind when she is asked to profile a serial killer. Alex has worked hard to overcome her troubled childhood and keep it hidden from her coworkers. When she finds herself opening up to her partner on the case, Logan, she can’t understand why she allows him to know who she really is. As they work together to stop the Train Man before it is too late, Logan finds himself distracted by wanting to protect Alex. They must learn to trust each other before it is too late. Mehl eloquently tackles many hard issues in this book from child abuse to PTSD to cults to name a few. She tackles these very hard issues with grace and class while bringing awareness to them. Alex and Logan are both fascinating characters. I can’t wait to learn more about them in future books! This first book in the series set the bar high and I look forward to seeing what comes next. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and the author. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood

    Night Fall is an intense story. Alex Donovan works for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. Her current case is to profile a serial killer, whose cult-like delusions make him dangerous. He’s got a deadly virus in his possession and his ritualistic killings are ramping up. The case brings Alex back to her childhood, where she was raised with the very same ideology of the cult. Logan Hart is her partner, and the two team up to stop the killer. But Alex has to battle with her own demons to get insid Night Fall is an intense story. Alex Donovan works for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. Her current case is to profile a serial killer, whose cult-like delusions make him dangerous. He’s got a deadly virus in his possession and his ritualistic killings are ramping up. The case brings Alex back to her childhood, where she was raised with the very same ideology of the cult. Logan Hart is her partner, and the two team up to stop the killer. But Alex has to battle with her own demons to get inside the killer’s head. This book is not for the faint of heart. There are several points of view, including the killer’s. Alex deals with her past which was quite disturbing. Not much in the way of romance, so hopefully there will be more between Alex and Logan in book two. The story is fast-paced and a fantastic suspense novel. Be sure to check it out! 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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    Nancy Mehl has done it again, this is a riveting read, and once you start you won't want to put it down, not without answers. We are given two examples of what happens to us as children, forms us into the adults we become, and it can go either way, good vs evil. Our girl has chosen good and now a Behavior Analysis, you will cringe at what happened to her as a child, but she has now gifted her talents to the FBI. Now, the evil one has made this one even more personal, and most of mankind is countin Nancy Mehl has done it again, this is a riveting read, and once you start you won't want to put it down, not without answers. We are given two examples of what happens to us as children, forms us into the adults we become, and it can go either way, good vs evil. Our girl has chosen good and now a Behavior Analysis, you will cringe at what happened to her as a child, but she has now gifted her talents to the FBI. Now, the evil one has made this one even more personal, and most of mankind is counting on her and others to save them. There was one person that I had suspicion about, but put in the back of my mind, so it was a wow, when they appeared on the side of the evil one. As the murder count mounts, will Alex and the other agents succeed in thwarting the destruction that is planned, and will she begin trusting God? Answers come, and we hope they are what we are for good! This book is part of a new series, and now I can't wait for the next read! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm trying to separate my negative feelings of all things viruses and covid from this book. That element really "got my hackles up" but if that wasn't in the book, or was a fictional thing instead of my reality, I would find this book excellent so we are going to go with that. This book surprised me. There was a character who I suspected but while I was right to suspect them, I had no clue what was in store. While we know the identity of the main villain very early on, there are still surprises a I'm trying to separate my negative feelings of all things viruses and covid from this book. That element really "got my hackles up" but if that wasn't in the book, or was a fictional thing instead of my reality, I would find this book excellent so we are going to go with that. This book surprised me. There was a character who I suspected but while I was right to suspect them, I had no clue what was in store. While we know the identity of the main villain very early on, there are still surprises about their character that are revealed later on. Alex's character development is interesting and not finished because this is a series where the story is spread out over a few books. She's dealing with childhood trauma that she never handled before and I think it's going to be very interesting to see what happens going forward. I am excited to see where this goes and VERY excited that Kaely Quinn is going to be involved in book 2! Many thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and a favorable review was not required.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janet Marie Dowell

    This book is different from what I usually read, but it was amazing. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. Nancy knows how to keep your attention. You will literally not want to put it down. I highly recommend it to anyone. Alex Donovan had a troubled childhood. She grew up with her "different" aunt, Willow. Her aunt has strange beliefs that may lead to deadly consequences. Alex becomes an FBI Agent who is very cautious in her personal life, but she puts her life on the line for her job. Alex mu This book is different from what I usually read, but it was amazing. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. Nancy knows how to keep your attention. You will literally not want to put it down. I highly recommend it to anyone. Alex Donovan had a troubled childhood. She grew up with her "different" aunt, Willow. Her aunt has strange beliefs that may lead to deadly consequences. Alex becomes an FBI Agent who is very cautious in her personal life, but she puts her life on the line for her job. Alex must face the "Demons" in her past in hopes of saving millions of innocent lives Logan Hart is Alex's partner and he's also a Christian. The fact that he loves God intrigues her but also frustrates her. She's searching for answers that only God can provide. She's been hurt and has doubts. Can Logan lead her to the One that has all the answers? To see if Alex faces the Demons and saves lives, and to see if what Willow's believes, and to see if Logan convinces Alex to give God a chance...... you have to read the book. Happy Reading!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    I enjoyed this book a lot. Alexandra is finally fulfilling her dream of being an analyst for the FBI's behavioral analysis unit. However, her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she is forced to reenter a world she hoped to never even think about again. "Alex" reminded me of Kaely Quinn of the "Kaely Quinn Profiler" series in that she seems to have a tenuous hold on her sanity. Alex is afraid to get help because she doesn't want it to affect her reputation or her work. The characters were bel I enjoyed this book a lot. Alexandra is finally fulfilling her dream of being an analyst for the FBI's behavioral analysis unit. However, her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she is forced to reenter a world she hoped to never even think about again. "Alex" reminded me of Kaely Quinn of the "Kaely Quinn Profiler" series in that she seems to have a tenuous hold on her sanity. Alex is afraid to get help because she doesn't want it to affect her reputation or her work. The characters were believable and real. I especially liked Logan and Alex. They have a good, trusting work relationship that dips into the personal at times. The suspense and urgency were great. It's a true race against time to stop the world from facing another major crisis. There are twists and turns, some were easy to spot while others were not. It was a great read. 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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Moon

    This is a real thriller - the kind that Nancy Mehl excels at writing. Alex Donovan is in her dream job with the FBI. On her current assignment to catch a killer, her past rears it's ugly head and threatens to derail her investigation of the Train Man, a killer who is leaving bodies in trains. Logan Hart is the compassionate FBI agent paired with Alex, and together they try to stay one step ahead of the killer before he kills again. The ending is a real twist - didn't see that coming! This is a g This is a real thriller - the kind that Nancy Mehl excels at writing. Alex Donovan is in her dream job with the FBI. On her current assignment to catch a killer, her past rears it's ugly head and threatens to derail her investigation of the Train Man, a killer who is leaving bodies in trains. Logan Hart is the compassionate FBI agent paired with Alex, and together they try to stay one step ahead of the killer before he kills again. The ending is a real twist - didn't see that coming! This is a great book if you like thrills and chills. I also appreciate the spiritual aspect that Nancy brings to her book. Eagerly awaiting the next book in the series! **I was given a complimentary copy of this novel by Bethany House. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I received no monetary compensation for this review.

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