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Merciful Fate, A (Mercy Kilpatrick) MP3 CD – Audiobook, January 15, 2019
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The characters in this story are fun, engaging and complex and the storyline well-written, intriguing and will keep you turning the pages. There is also a 30-year old bank heist mystery to unravel, multiple vandalisms with threats attached, friends with secrets, hidden agendas, a baby on the way, a wedding to plan, everyday life events to navigate and, of course, life and death situations to survive. This book is definitely full of excitement from the first page to the last. There is also a shocking twist that jumps out of nowhere and it is just wow! I am still shaking my head at that one; I did not see it coming. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series – I best get hopping and get started on the back reads. Ha!
*I received a copy of this book via the publisher, Montlake Romance, thru NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
What adds another layer to this is the fact that Mercy holds her own secrets- only her family and her fiance Truman know the real Mercy. She is a prepper, born and raised into a survivalist family. This is something she has to keep secret from everyone she knows. Obsessively preparing for the end of the world, she has a hidden cabin with stockpiles of supplies that would last years- and the training for as many contingencies as possible. This includes extensive first aid training which she has to use in a heart stopping chapter when one of her fellow officers is wounded. The things that Mercy has in her car and uses to save his life-well, I don't know if they really exist or if Ms. Elliot conjured them up- but if they are genuine, I want some!!!! You never know when someone will be shot, right? The prepper aspect is what makes these books so unique- every time I read the next book (I've read them all) I want to run out and start stockpiling whatever I can find! But these books, in addition to being fabulous crime novels do make me aware that I should not just drift through life, assuming everything will be fine. So yes, I signed up for a first aid class(I gotta start somewhere). I love the irony of this character whose career is spent exposing the secrets of others while guarding her own.
Mercy is unique among characters- I don't know whether to admire her or feel sorry for her.She has to keep her true self hidden from everyone, she , in fact, lives a life based on fear- fear of catastrophe, fear of the world ending. The need to be in control, to prepare for every contingency can be exhausting. There's a fine line between having things on hand for emergencies and being obsessed- and it looks like Mercy has crossed the line. One wonders what would happen if the end of the world occurs while Mercy is away from town! She is an amazing woman, and a crack FBI agent, but there's a sadness here-trying to control everything is ultimately futile-but watching her preparations is absorbing.
This is a terrific stand alone mystery, but to fully enjoy this book, do read the other books in the series, in order. You understand Mercy's back story, her fractured family, her innocent blind sister Rose (who I love) who is pregnant as a result of a rape, her niece and of course her colleagues and Truman, and this lovely little town which seems to have more criminals than San Quentin.
Thank you Kendra Elliot for a wonderful read, and a few hours of escape from the real world, which seems to be going mad. How I wish it could all be wrapped up by someone like Mercy Kilpatrick. I can't wait for Book 6,7,8,9 etc!
With Elliot's and Melinda Leigh's books, both, I have found it interesting how they don't center all of the books on one character. Instead they give each character his or her time in the sun and make them the focus of a book. In some of the "Merciful" books you will find that Rose, Ollie, or Kayla is more of a leading character. It's not all about Mercy, although she plays an important part. The ability to move the spotlight back and forth across your characters, is a unique and reader-grabbing ability. Keep it up, Kendra!
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Mercy and her partner, Eddie, are investigating the human remains case, with the help of the retired original investigator, while local police chief Truman Daly is dealing with multiple cases of vandalism to the properties of two residents of Eagle’s Nest.
Both cases become more involved and complex than they seemed initially. There are secrets and lies to uncover, especially when a young and reckless tabloid reporter shows up in town asking questions about the remains found in the cabin and the vandalism, putting people and herself at risk. Long buried feelings are resurrected, old wounds reopened.
A Merciful Fate is the fifth, and I believe penultimate, instalment of the series and my favourite so far. The intriguing plot is well constructed with twists and surprising reveals, raising the question of how well we know the people around us, even those who have been a part of the community for some time.
A fast paced story that becomes quite intense, flowing smoothly with clear cut, detailed writing, the multiple threads merging seamlessly. Character development continues with Mercy seeming less uptight but still on track with the renovation of her cabin. Her prepper instincts are still apparent, it’s impossible for her to go against her upbringing, but her attitude is more relaxed, open to allowing other people in and her relationship with Truman reaches the next level. After so many years away, she feels as though she belongs again and, apart from her stubborn father, family relationships are all but patched up. The supporting cast is well defined and each have their place in the developing story line. Compelling characters and a surprising and tense reveal at the end.
The characters intermingle well throughout.
A great read but it still has legs for number 6..
Can't get enough, read most nights so just great.
Thank you. Roll on next book