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Cry for Mercy: An utterly addictive crime thriller with gripping mystery and suspense (Detective Eleanor Raven Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : November 16, 2020
- File size : 1735 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Publisher : Bookouture (November 16, 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08HZ7NP8H
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- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1800192606
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- Best Sellers Rank: #20,465 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I will try the next book in the series, and btw, I really hope that Monster has a recurring role!
Straight from the first chapter, we’re thrown deep, deep into DI Eleanor Raven’s psyche, her lifestyle, and career, and I believe we've only just scratched the surface!
Cry For Mercy takes us on a journey to uncover one serial killer’s twisted motives for murdering women, opening up many lines of questioning most books daren't touch. When women begin popping up dead, dolled up, and left out ceremoniously displayed for all to see, Detective Raven knows she has her work cut out for her. Author Karen Long has done a phenomenal job bringing her characters alive, from her internally strong, driven female protagonist Eleanor Raven right down to Monster and his K9 ways! I quickly lost track of time racing through these pages.
I don't want to give too much away as this is one of those best going in blind situations! The book’s description gives us quite a bit, yet there's so much more beneath the surface of this utterly fascinating must-read of 2020! Do yourself a favor and set up a blind date between the pages of Cry For Mercy!
I'd recommend this read to every thriller fan, everywhere, as long as you don't mind a little BDSM! Many thanks to NetGalley, the author Karen Long, and the publishers at Bookouture for my complimentary copy of this ebook! I have honestly and voluntarily reviewed this title.
The first chapter was eye opening and not what I expected at all. It is not everyday you read a book where the main protagonist has a secret life that is so far removed from her day job and it is this, that makes this book a standout for me above other female lead police procedurals.
Eleanor Raven is a very interesting character, but I have to admit that I did struggle to connect with her. I can’t fault the way she has been written and it is only book one, so I am hoping that this will change in future books as I get to know her more. I did enjoy the supporting cast, who play out their roles well.
This is the first book I have read from Karen Long and I enjoyed her style. She was able to draw me in and hold my attention and it’s intriguing storyline with it’s cat and mouse approach, makes for an entertaining read. The subject matter won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it is not too graphic or overdone in any way.
Cry For Mercy is a gripping series opener, that will have you flicking the pages well into the night. It is dark, twisted, well written and will take you on one chilling roller coaster ride! I look forward to seeing where the second instalment will take DI Eleanor Raven next.
Eleanor Raven is one tough cookie of a cop, who likes to play with BDSM in her private life, not that anyone she works with knows that. Until one particular case she is tasked to solve involves a practioner of this lifestyle who doesn't adhere to the rules, at all.
I have to say, I didn't like Eleanor Raven all that much, I didn't like the way she treated her new partner, who seemed like a good guy. He was inexperienced, true enough, but she really didn't have to treat him the way he did, particularly since he was trying so hard to learn and he was quite thoughtful of her.
All in all, this was a very good police procedural which had me on the edge of my seat more than once.
I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture.
Top reviews from other countries
Detectives in police procedurals often are dealing with troubled pasts and/or have secrets. Here we learn from the opening chapter that in her private life Eleanor Raven takes part in a subculture that if revealed could end her career in law enforcement.
Later the same night Detective Inspector Eleanor Raven is called to a crime scene at a derelict power where the body of a young woman has been found posed with cherry lipstick painted across her face.
Eleanor is determined to uncover the murderer and she and her team are quickly on the case. Then another woman is found, again posed ritualistically with the same red lipstick used. It comes to light that both victims are linked to a cold case as well as being involved in the same subculture as Raven. Following the clues now risks her secrets being exposed.
I found this a highly engaging police procedural and quickly took to Eleanor Raven as a main character. Following her long time partner being on medical leave, she’s not happy to be assigned a new partner in the form of former doctor, Detective Laurence Whitefoot.
There is no doubt that this was a disturbing case and there were some very clever twists. I was glued to my settee as events played out. As a result I read it in a single sitting and certainly will be looking forward to reading its sequel come January.
Although this is a good read I struggled with it at times. I liked Raven's new partner far more than she did and found her to be unsympathetic at times. This is a reissue of a book previously entitled The Safe Word which was one of a trio of novels. I will be on the look out for their reincarnation as well as I would like to see how things evolve for both main protagonists.
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions are my own. This is an enjoyable read but is maybe not for the squeamish.
I found it really refreshing to read a detective novel where the lead character doesn’t seem to have relationship or alcohol problems, as seems to be par for the course in many novels like this. I really liked Detective Eleanor Raven – she is who she is and she doesn’t apologise for it. She seemed like a strong female who doesn’t yield when she know she’s right, she also seems really interesting and I want to know more about her.
I enjoyed seeing how Eleanor interacted with a new partner after her long-standing colleague was off on sick leave. I get the feeling that she will warm to Laurence as time goes on but I loved the dynamic between them – she didn’t make things easy for him but at the same time it felt like deep down she was giving him a chance to prove himself.
The murder scenes in this book are sinister and gruesome but are so intriguing that I couldn’t stop reading as I wanted to find out who was killing these people and what their motivation was. It was a fascinating crime story.
I rated this novel 4 out of 5 and am happy to discover that this is the first book in a series and am now very much looking forward to reading the second book.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
The story centres around a succession of gruesome serial killer murders. A woman is found hanging from a hook and when the second murder is discovered in similar circumstances, it’s obvious the victims are deliberately posed. As Eleanor and her team, including her new and unappreciated partner, Detective Laurence Whitefoot, who is an excellent foil for Eleanor, delve deeper into the cases, they find themselves steered into the dark underbelly of Toronto’s deviant sexual practices.
The story includes everything a good crime novel should; a fast paced gripping storyline, a complex and intelligent main protagonist and a great supporting cast of credible characters. I hope their back stories will explored more in forthcoming books, and I’d like to see how relationships evolve. An added extra is a fabulous, havoc creating German Shepherd called Monster!
A very well crafted and suspenseful plot, told from several perspectives including the killer’s, builds the layers and brings them together nicely, as we rattle along to a gripping and chilling conclusion that had me on the edge of my seat.
The only real problem I had was the lack of paragraphs in the kindle edition, making it slightly confusing when the narrative jumped from scene to scene without warning, and some punctuation issues, but it wasn’t enough to put me off. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have the next one lined up.
“What!” you say, “No. Don’t put spoilers in a review please!”
I’m not giving anything away as DI Raven’s sexual proclivities are revealed in the first chapter. There will be no spoilers in this review – promise.
Now, for the purposes of this evaluation I have to say, I’m not into BDSM, not in the slightest, and Eleanor’s preferences instantly set me against her. I mean, I want to identify with my heroic leads and I didn’t see how I could grow to like this flawed police officer.
However, due to the author’s skilful writing, and her effortless command of her characters and plotting, I fell for the flawed police officer, and her assorted colleagues. Karen Long has assembled a cast of believable, fully developed characters, both human and animal (the dog, Monster, is a delight). The excellent observations and intricate plotting is a joy to read. The gore and violence is never gratuitous, and the police procedure, from crime scene re-enactment, through forensics, and on to the dénouement is a stunning read.
Whitefoot, Monster’s owner, and Eleanor’s new sidekick and potential future love interest, is a rugged and dependable foil to her incisive and mercurial police work.
I don’t give out 5-star reviews lightly and I considered taking of a star for the couple of tiny typos early on, but decided that would be churlish of me considering they didn’t affect my enjoyment of what is an excellent debut novel from an exciting new talent.
I’m so glad I stumbled across this gem. I’ll be keeping an eye open for the next instalment in the DI Raven portfolio and anything else Karen Long publishes.
Nice one, Ms Long, very nice.