Monday, May 29, 2017

30. A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot

read on my iPhone
2017, Montlake Romance
342 pgs.
Adult Murder Mystery
Finished 5/29/17
Goodreads rating:  4.22 - 6951 ratings
My rating:  4
Setting: Contemporary rural Oregon

First line/s:  "Mercy Kilpatrick wondered whom she'd ticked off at the Portland FBI office."

My comments:  Characters and setting were interesting and well written.  The idea of a community of people who are survivalists is intriguing, and although the protagonist, Mercy, had left this way of life when she was only 18, it was still a big part of her and she was still drawn to many of its tenants. Sheriff Truman Daly was almost a little too good to be true and hard to believe that he had not already been snatched up by some female or other.   The plot moved along at a decent pace, and though the "surprises" weren't really surprises, it was fun to see how Mercy pulled all the little ends together.  At times it was a little disconcerting that the point-of-view would change for a very short time, switching back very quickly to one of the two main protagonists.  I'll be interested to see whether this is something that will continue in the next book or it it was the only way Kendra Elliot though she could subtly include needed information.  I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, which comes out in a few months.

Goodreads synopsis  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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