Friday, April 21, 2017

Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads

First in a chilling new paranormal romantic suspense series from award-winning author Abbie Roads

He's found her at last

Cain Killion knows himself to be a damaged man, his only saving grace the extrasensory connection to blood that he uses to catch murderers. His latest case takes a macabre turn when he discovers a familiar and haunting symbol linking the crime to his own horrific past-and only one woman could know what it means.

Only to lose her to a nightmare

Mercy Ledger is brave, resilient, beautiful-and in terrible danger. The moment he sees Mercy, Cain knows he's the one who can save her. He also knows he's beyond redemption. But the lines between good and evil blur and the only thing clear to Cain and Mercy is that they belong together. Love is the antidote for blood-but is their bond strong enough to overcome the evil that stalks them?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 Stars

Well, there was one part of this story that really sort of grossed me out and that I never really could make sense of… the putting of victim's blood ALL over Cain. I mean, I get that he was taught by his father, but I didn't understand how he could literally get into the killer's head by doing this. If anything, he should've been able to do it without the distraction of the blood.

However, once you get past that part (or the times it is done) there is a seriously awesome story here. I really, really enjoyed the insane characters and the way you are enveloped into this world of serial killers and their followers, as well as the damage this particular one (Killian, Cain's father) impacted not only his son, but the only survivor of his rampage, Mercy.

I loved that the two victims, so to speak, had this undeniable connection and this amazing chemistry even though they both had this terrible time in their life that they had to deal with because of the same man.

The pacing and plot twists were great and unexpected. I can honestly say I'll be looking for more from this author in the future.

This is an incredibly creepy story. Alternately compelling and disturbing, I’ve never read anything quite like it. There is a supernatural element to this book that takes it beyond the usual police vs serial killer book. The violence in this book is incredibly graphic.

The hunt for the killer and the chilling links back to Cain’s father’s crimes are woven together in a complex and fast paced plot. I was able to piece together clues but there were a few frightening surprises left for the end. The detailed violence and slightly supernatural elements of this story push it beyond police procedural and into the horror genre at times. This is a well-crafted book with interesting and original characters.

As the son of a serial killer, Cain is drawn to the gore and almost excited by the violence. As a main character, he is unreliable and difficult to like at times. I struggled with the graphic sex that often followed his exposure to a gruesome crime scene. His relationship with his father is difficult and complicated. His connection to Mercy is unnerving.

Mercy is incredibly vulnerable when we first meet her. Like Cain, she gained abilities after surviving her attack, but she hides her skills to protect herself. I found the connection between Mercy and Cain quite creepy. They are drawn to each other compulsively. Violence seems to excite and arouse these two and the sex between them seems almost to be a reaction to the gore they encounter.

I have a couple of reservations about this story. There are moments where realism and plausibility are tested in this book and I personally struggled with the way sex and violence are so closely intertwined her. However, I’m probably just a little more queasy that most readers in this genre and I did find the story both engaging and compelling.

Abbie Roads is a mental health counselor known for her blunt, honest style of therapy. By night she writes dark, emotional novels, always giving her characters the happy ending she wishes for all her clients. Her novels have finaled in RWA contests including the Golden Heart. Race the Darkness is the first book in the Fatal Dreams series of dark, gritty romantic suspense with a psychological twist.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Saving Mercy (Fatal Truth #1) by Abbie Roads to read and review.

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