Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot

FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land—and off the grid—in rural Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event. But the crime scene details are eerily familiar to an unsolved mystery from Mercy’s past.

Sent by the FBI to assist local law enforcement, Mercy returns to Eagle’s Nest to face the family who shunned her while maintaining the facade of a law-abiding citizen. There, she meets police chief Truman Daly, whose uncle was the cave man’s latest victim. He sees the survivalist side of her that she desperately tries to hide, but if she lets him get close enough to learn her secret, she might not survive the fallout…

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Mystery, thriller
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Truman is a kind man, but he's suspicious of everyone and everything. He is running from a past that we are never really privy to – we only know that he thinks he's done awful things. When people in his district are murdered, the FBI comes in and helps him solve the cases. I wish that we knew more about him, as I felt that his character was kind of stunted. He seemed to follow a lot, be behind in the story and constantly be playing catch-up.

Mercy is the FBI agent with the most insight in the murder victims. After all, she grew up in this community of people who prepare for the worst. She has tried to hide the fact that she has this knowledge, has this compulsion to prepare. Going home is never easy and for Mercy it is even more difficult because she was forced to leave her family at a young age – she was outcast. Having to return and speak to family members who didn't reach out to her, to remember why she was cast out of her family is painful. However, it does give her some direction on why the members of the prepared community might have been targeted.

As for the resolution, it seemed almost rushed. You never really understood the dynamic of the community – only that the killer was deeply ingrained. You were privy to why they killed – their end goal, but not what happened after they were apprehended. I would have liked to see more of a story afterwards – does Mercy continue with her family? Maybe we'll see more in the next book.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kendra Elliot has always been a voracious reader, cutting her teeth on classic female sleuths like Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Laura Ingalls before proceeding to devour the works of Stephen King, Diana Gabaldon, and Nora Roberts. Now a finalist for the Golden Heart, Daphne du Maurier, and Linda Howard awards, Elliot shares her love of suspense in her Bone Secrets series. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and still lives in the Pacific Northwest, with her husband and three daughters.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick #1) by Kendra Elliot to read and review.

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