This review has been awhile in coming… Ooops. I seem to read more than I write lately, so let’s catch up together starting with Mercy Kilpatrick #1. Beware, this does mention a spoiler!!!
Title: A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick #1)
Author: 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…
My Thoughts: This was my first every giveaway win! Yay! Now on to the book. I loved the prepper aspect! I knew that survivalists gathered food, wood, water, blankets, even weapons, but I didn’t have any clue about the importance of community and professions. That was cool. It makes sense that a doctor or vet would be invaluable should the world end and it also makes sense that you would want to surround yourself with like minded people who would have your back. Props for the unique background for Mercy and the town. Also I really enjoyed reading about Truman and her niece. I am thinking of picking up the next book to see if the story lines continue to intersect, as the author has implied they will. What brought down the Paw Rating for me was wordiness and Mercy’s ridiculous fear of being a murderer. Yes, I understand that she was young when the killing happened, but she still believes that her and her siblings lives would be over if anyone found out the truth about what happened that day. She has an undergrad in criminology, which includes law courses, so why is she still harping on about being a murderer even after being an FBI agent for four years? The incident was self-defense plain and simple. Two girls nearly raped and murdered would be an open and shut case and that isn’t even including how it would be viewed in a small town where the law is often dealt by the families wronged. That bugged me every time it was brought up. And her estrangement from her family was also because of this “murder” but still she blames her family for not sticking with her. They don’t know the truth, or have any idea of what happened so why should they suddenly turn everything upside down for an unreasonable teenager? A bit slow, but overall a good read if you life mysteries. Cheers for Truman being awesome! And I hope to see more of him in the future books.
Have any of you read the Kilpatrick series? What did you guys think?