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A Merciful Silence (Mercy Kilpatrick) Paperback – June 19, 2018
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“Kendra Elliot goes from strength to strength in her Mercy Kilpatrick stories, and this fourth installment is a gripping, twisty, and complex narrative that will have fans rapt…Easily the most daring and successful book in this impressive series.” —RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Kendra Elliot has landed on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list multiple times and is the award-winning author of the Bone Secrets and Callahan & McLane series, as well as the Mercy Kilpatrick novels: A Merciful Death, A Merciful Truth, and A Merciful Secret. Kendra is a three-time winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award, an International Thriller Writers finalist, and an RT Award finalist. 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 she looks forward to the day she can live in flip-flops. Visit her at www.kendraelliot.com.
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Paperback : 349 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503901319
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503901315
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Montlake Romance (June 19, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #497,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is part of a series, I recommend them all, but this book could stand alone. There is a great cast of characters most we have seen in previous books but there are a few new ones. I hope to see a couple of them play a part in future books. There are plenty of twists to this story that kept me guessing where the author was going to take the reader. This book has something for everybody, mystery, suspense, and romance. It is a great addition to the series and I eagerly await the next book.
Romantic suspense doesn't get any better than this!!!
Truman was always the steady, quiet, strong character. He knows what he wants and understand Mercy enough to let her slowly reach the place in which she can fully feel loved and safe.
And the mysteries continue to be good, although it was boring to read two books in a row where we're introduced to the "other" narrator throughout the whole book. I enjoy when the possible antagonist is introduced early and even when we're allowed to hear his/her voice. I just don't enjoy reading two books one after the other with that same style.
Still, on to book five.
It's told from Mercy and Truman's point of view as well as a few sections from the killer's perspective thrown in for extra background. While I liked this addition, as with Book 3 I found the additional point of view had a bit of a stilted feel to it and didn't clear up anything for Mercy's investigation. It was more for the reader, which is fine, but it would have been better if the details were derived from the FBI and police who would continue to be clueless as to the motivation for the murders. As per the other books, there are a couple of cases going on at once which keeps things interesting. I find that Mercy and Truman seem to fall into the clues rather than uncover a lot, but it's still entertaining.
The books continue to have a good cast of secondary characters and I'm really liking Evan Bolton, the county detective who's been popping up more and more. Mercy and Truman's relationship is going strong - I'd still like a bit more steam but their dynamic has definitely improved. As with the other books, I'm going to make a special mention of a review I read that said there was a lot of profanity. This seems to be cropping up under every book in this series and I don't know where it's coming from. Mercy isn't a major cusser so I just don't get what the reviewers are reading. I read this book a week ago and can't even remember there being any swearing, let alone Mercy being a potty mouth.
Book Four takes place about two months after A Merciful Secret and there's a brief crossover with Lacey from another of this author's series which I loved. The massacre of families, including their children, made this book pretty gritty, as did Truman being taken. There was a good amount of drama and the build up to the end was a great read. I'll be continuing with the series.
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Initially, I was a bit underwhelmed. The early scene setting in the first book was either too simplistic or too far-fetched. Obviously we want characters with baggage and shady histories to delve into but a lot of it felt a little too done.
But I persevered, and I'm glad I did because it soon gathers the momentum and intrigue that you want from these books, and I had soon rattled through books 1-3. There remain some issues... won't give away any spoilers, but the story of Mercy/Truman was too predictable/cliched (and moved too quickly) and we're also led to believe that a small town in the middle of nowhere that for years has been a sleepy place with no crime of all a sudden has all these hideous serious crimes going on. There were also a couple of plot hole moments - X happened but Mercy/Truman didn't immediately ask the obvious question Y... and it was sometime before that got resolved, which was frustrating.
Wow that sound really critical - and it's not supposed to be - because, by mid book 2 I was engaged in the series. Books 1-3 are excellent and enjoyable.
It was a no-brainer to go to book 4 - and I'm afraid in my opinion it's the weakest of the lot. The plot is OK, and the development of M&T similarly so but a) I found the first 2/3rds quite hard-going - if I mind myself non-plussed about reading in the evening that's generally a sign I've not been made to commit to the book by the author. However, when events around T start to kick off - that's definitely enthralling - but ultimately goes in a direction that wasn't what I wanted from it. (It just feels like a massive rig to get a new character in given the ultimate ending, which itself, for me, at least, was a bit underwhelming and intended more for the development of M&T rather than the plot of the story in its own right.)
Wow, that was even more critical. On the whole it's a good book, but I felt not an improvement/elevation on the previous ones.
Having said that, I see that book 5 is also out, so will have no hesitation in reading that, because I am enjoying the series.
The flood water had uncovered the skeletal remains of several people. The FBI were brought in and the nature of the injuries stirred a memory for FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick. It has happened before, over twenty years ago. Two families had been murdered in much the same way. The acts of violence were so shockingly brutal they had not been forgotten, but the person responsible was caught and is in prison. One of the children had survived the attack. The last of her several moves had been to the outskirts of Eagle’s Nest.
While the FBI investigation focussed on identifying the bones, Police Chief Truman Daly had begun to look into a group of so called sovereign citizens, anti government extremists who believe they are entitled to reject authority and any and all laws of their choosing. He has a very strange encounter with one such person when he pulls them up for a traffic offence. Both investigations will test Mercy and Truman to their limits, physically and mentally, and as the danger mounts the more they uncover.
Mercy is still dealing with the repercussions of the previous case. Her leg is giving her trouble and the niggling unease and anxiety of not having her bolthole is always there, in the background. She won’t relax completely until the new cabin is built. Nevertheless, she pours all her energy into trying to identify the remains. As always, the romance is secondary to the tense and suspenseful plot.
I’m enjoying the character development and the very realistic dynamics between Mercy and Truman, taking into account their individual characteristics. They’re so different—Mercy, gradually getting used to opening herself up to trusting others again and learning it’s impossible to plan for every eventuality. Truman, patient and committed. The secondary characters also are well defined, particularly Rose, Mercy’s sister, who has put the trauma of the past behind her and is looking forward to a happier future. And Ollie, who I hope will appear again. Several chapters were written from the point of view of the killer, which was a great addition.
Continuing on with the story of herself and local policeman Truman this book shows us more of their relationship and how they are truly adapting to life together after not expecting to have found love again in their life.
Yet again there's been another murder and the FBI and local police need to find out who is responsible for the bones and skulls recently found after bad weather causes a landslide.
After well written fast paced book that keeps you hooked onto the edge of your seat! Roll on book 5 for this series coming out next!
I enjoyed the read and recommend this for lovers of crime fiction with some exciting action thrown into the mix.
A really good, fast moving read. The characters are deep and complicated with an interesting and thought-provoking history. The cases dealt with are also interesting and complicated and mixed with small town life and characters.