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A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 1) Kindle Edition
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…
About the Author
Kendra Elliot is the award-winning author of numerous books, including the Bone Secrets and Callahan & McLane series. Kendra won the 2015 and 2014 Daphne du Maurier awards for Best Romantic Suspense, and she was an International Thriller Writers finalist for Best Paperback Original and a Romantic Times finalist for Best Romantic Suspense. 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 looks forward to the day she can live in flip-flops.
"Elliot is a master of romantic suspense, and her latest sets a rural community of preppers (people preparing for disaster) in the sights of a killer. Elliot expertly interweaves the current murders with the damage that past crimes have done to Mercy and Truman's souls, and she lays out convincing tracks to a number of possible culprits in Eagle's Nest. Fascinating details about prepper lifestyle give extra flavor to this mystery, adding to its memorability." ―Adrian Liang, Amazon Book Review --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01EN506CO
- Publisher : Montlake Romance (17 January 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2633 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 16,369 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Set in Eagle's Nest, Oregon which contains a large community of preppers - people who stock up on food, water, wood, medical supplies, equipment, guns, etc They plan to to be ready for a catastrophe, which they call 'the end of the world as we know it.' As the book opens someone has killed two preppers and stolen their weapons.
Our heroine, FBI Special Agent Mercy Kilpatrick, and Special Agent Eddie Peterson
are sent to Mercy's hometown (Eagle's Nest), to aid the local sheriff in solving a series of grisly murders of the area's community of doomsday preppers. Mercy, estranged from her family, has not been home for fifteen years, after being banished by her father, himself a devout prepper. Before long another prepper is killed and broken mirrors at all the crime scenes link the prepper deaths to two rape/murders that occurred 15 years ago. Elliott weaves the reason for Mercy's split with her family with the current day murders.
I really liked Mercy Kilpatrick as a doomsday prepper turned FBI agent. The tension between the girl she was brought up to be and the woman she makes of herself kept my interest throughout the book.
I did struggle with elements of the book I must admit. The incident that occurred 15 years before - which led to Mercy's voluntary exile from Eagle's Nest - was more than justified yet Mercy's father's hard-headed 'family first' attitude is irresponsible. Almost everything about the perp is 'off': why he breaks mirrors; why he steals guns; why he abducted someone....all these weren't properly answered.
I understand this is the first book in a series, I probably will read more. Fans of romantic suspense will definitely like the book. The diversity of the prepper community and the people who are embarrassed by or make fun of them is a fascinating ride. 3.5 Stars.
A new series that I will definitely continue to read, also my first book by Kendra Elliot and I am so glad to have found a new author that I can relate to.
all combine in this FBI thriller. Plot unfolds with FBI agent being sent to solve murders in her hometown which she left 15 years previously under estranged dealings with her family. Good storyline, lots of action and intrigue make for an entertaining read.
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Mercy Kilpatrick returns to her home town of Eagle’s Nest, a small rural town in Oregon, fifteen years after she fled the fallout from several disastrous events. She hasn’t seen or spoken to her family since then. Now a special agent with the FBI she has been sent to Eagle’s Nest with fellow agent, Eddie Peterson, to help the local police force in their investigation of a spate of murders. Someone has been targeting the community of preppers and stock piling stolen weapons in what could be the preparation for a domestic terrorism event.
Eagle’s Nest Police Chief Truman Daly has a vested interest in the murders, his uncle was one of the victims. Truman didn’t grow up in Eagle’s Nest but spent several summers with his uncle, so he knows many of the townspeople. Nevertheless, it’s taking time for him to be completely accepted.
Truman and Mercy join forces and in the course of the investigation it becomes apparent there are similarities and the recent murders have echoes from the past.
I’ve enjoyed Kendra Elliot’s books previously and this was no exception. The protagonists’ intriguing backstories are woven into the twisty plot line, connecting the dots until a picture begins to emerge, with plausible trails leading the reader in various directions. Both Mercy and Truman are trying to come to terms with their pasts, the damage done and events that have shaped them, bringing them to where they are. Due to her upbringing and reason for leaving town, especially as it would have implications regarding her job, Mercy is wary of Truman and reluctant to let herself trust. Truman realises Mercy is a survivalist, despite her attempts to hide it, and almost against her will a bond begins to build between them. He, on the other hand, has no such reservations and is attracted to Mercy almost from the start. Having said that, the romance aspect is very much in the background and doesn’t overwhelm the main storyline.
The story flow is smooth, with a well crafted plot and rounded, believable characters. Mercy and Truman are both likeable, although Truman is more relatable. His level-headed and easy going personality is a good foil for Mercy’s more edgy and complex one. Mercy’s story is drip fed as the story unfolds, which makes her more sympathetic. I enjoyed the prepper aspect, which adds an extra layer to the narrative. It was interesting to learn more about their way of thinking and community, which is still male dominated, and the lengths they go to in preparation for a major disaster. Kendra Elliot also paints a vivid picture of the area. Looking forward to the next instalment.
So Mercy Kirkpatrick is an FBI Agent and alongside her partner ends up back at the small time village where she grew up investigating the murders of 3 men... little did she know she would end up being part of the investigation herself.
Great charcters... great story... great writing.. look forward to reading book 2 to see where Mercys life takes her next!
I enjoyed the story, the characters, mystery and unusual background they took place against.
I have downloaded the second book in the series, although not as cheaply priced as this. I want to know more about Mercy and her family and friends.
I've had a few of this authors books on my TBR for a while now and I can't wait to get stuck into the next one.
I didn't find any part of this book to be lacking. The characters were great and well developed. The support characters drip fed enough information to keep you guessing throughout.
As the story developed, it soon became clear that there was a lot more to both Mercy and Trueman, than meets the eye.