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A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 1) Kindle Edition
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“In the debut of her new Mercy Kilpatrick series, Elliot crafts an eerily fascinating small town. An air of menace is palpable throughout the story, and the characters hide a wealth of secrets and twisted loyalties.” —RT Book Reviews
“Elliot is a master of romantic suspense, and her latest sets a rural community of preppers (people preparing for disaster) in the sights of a killer. Elliot expertly interweaves the current murders with the damage that past crimes have done to Mercy and Truman's souls, and she lays out convincing tracks to a number of possible culprits in Eagle's Nest. Fascinating details about prepper lifestyle give extra flavor to this mystery, adding to its memorability.” —Adrian Liang, Amazon Book Review
About the Author
Kendra Elliot is the award-winning author of numerous books, including the Bone Secrets and Callahan & McLane series. Kendra won the 2015 and 2014 Daphne du Maurier awards for Best Romantic Suspense, and she was an International Thriller Writers finalist for Best Paperback Original and a Romantic Times finalist for Best Romantic Suspense. She has always been a voracious reader, cutting her teeth on classic female heroines such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Laura Ingalls. She was born, raised, and still lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and three daughters but looks forward to the day she can live in flip-flops.
- Publication Date : January 17, 2017
- File Size : 1870 KB
- Publisher : Montlake Romance (January 17, 2017)
- Print Length : 353 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01EN506CO
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,674 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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to keep my sanity. Listened to it in my car on a LONG six hour ride in two directions and it mercifully came to an end.
The thing with Levi made no sense to me. He seemed bright so his secret seemed ridiculous.
The stuff with Rose was hard to take and it was way too much!!! Good grief it was WAY too much. Grrr, it's hard writing this without spoilers but the story seem to fall apart during this time because of the Levi issue. It just didn't make sense that there are things that he knows, yet waits hours to say anything.
Anyway I didn't care for it. I will probably give the next book a try just because I usually love this author's books. Right now I feel like I need to go read something to get myself out of this depressing mood.
I will say the #1 thing that bothered me for some reason was the occasional italicized "personal thought" from the characters POV. It made me CRINGE! It was so corny and cheesy and every time I read it aloud in my head I regretted it. It reminded me of a cheesy soap opera parody.
The ending was suspenseful and surprising but it also didn't make sense as to why the murderer did what he did. Without spoiling- He had plans as if they were never going to find out about him but his actions were basically an end-all kind of move. It left me thinking "well what did you think was gonna happen, pal?"
It's a greatly reviewed series so ill continue to read on!
Top reviews from other countries
Mercy Kilpatrick returns to her home town of Eagle’s Nest, a small rural town in Oregon, fifteen years after she fled the fallout from several disastrous events. She hasn’t seen or spoken to her family since then. Now a special agent with the FBI she has been sent to Eagle’s Nest with fellow agent, Eddie Peterson, to help the local police force in their investigation of a spate of murders. Someone has been targeting the community of preppers and stock piling stolen weapons in what could be the preparation for a domestic terrorism event.
Eagle’s Nest Police Chief Truman Daly has a vested interest in the murders, his uncle was one of the victims. Truman didn’t grow up in Eagle’s Nest but spent several summers with his uncle, so he knows many of the townspeople. Nevertheless, it’s taking time for him to be completely accepted.
Truman and Mercy join forces and in the course of the investigation it becomes apparent there are similarities and the recent murders have echoes from the past.
I’ve enjoyed Kendra Elliot’s books previously and this was no exception. The protagonists’ intriguing backstories are woven into the twisty plot line, connecting the dots until a picture begins to emerge, with plausible trails leading the reader in various directions. Both Mercy and Truman are trying to come to terms with their pasts, the damage done and events that have shaped them, bringing them to where they are. Due to her upbringing and reason for leaving town, especially as it would have implications regarding her job, Mercy is wary of Truman and reluctant to let herself trust. Truman realises Mercy is a survivalist, despite her attempts to hide it, and almost against her will a bond begins to build between them. He, on the other hand, has no such reservations and is attracted to Mercy almost from the start. Having said that, the romance aspect is very much in the background and doesn’t overwhelm the main storyline.
The story flow is smooth, with a well crafted plot and rounded, believable characters. Mercy and Truman are both likeable, although Truman is more relatable. His level-headed and easy going personality is a good foil for Mercy’s more edgy and complex one. Mercy’s story is drip fed as the story unfolds, which makes her more sympathetic. I enjoyed the prepper aspect, which adds an extra layer to the narrative. It was interesting to learn more about their way of thinking and community, which is still male dominated, and the lengths they go to in preparation for a major disaster. Kendra Elliot also paints a vivid picture of the area. Looking forward to the next instalment.
I enjoyed the story, the characters, mystery and unusual background they took place against.
I have downloaded the second book in the series, although not as cheaply priced as this. I want to know more about Mercy and her family and friends.