Thursday, June 1, 2017

ARC Review: A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot

A Merciful Truth
Author: Kendra Elliot
Series: Mercy Kilpatrick (Book 2)
Publication: Montlake Romance (June 6, 2017)

Description: Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick can take on any challenge—even the hostile reception to her homecoming. But she’s not the only one causing chaos in the rural community of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. At first believed to be teenage pranks, a series of fires takes a deadly turn with the murder of two sheriff’s deputies. Now, along with Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy is on the hunt for an arsonist turned killer.

Still shunned by her family and members of the community, Mercy must keep her ear close to the ground to pick up any leads. And it’s not long before she hears rumors of the area’s growing antigovernment militia movement. If the arsonist is among their ranks, Mercy is determined to smoke the culprit out. But when her investigation uncovers a shocking secret, will this hunt for a madman turn into her own trial by fire?

My Thoughts: This is the second Mercy Kilpatrick novel. Mercy has transferred to an FBI office nearer the town where she was raised despite being estranged from most of her prepper family. She is building her relationship with Police Chief Truman Daly. Mercy is going very slowly. She is way too used to be alone to make it easy to let someone else into her life. She is also the guardian for her teenage niece Kaylie since it was her brother's dying wish that she finish raising his daughter. That is quite an adjustment for both of them.

The crimes in this story begin with arson that is escalating in the amount of damage done which turns into murder when two deputies investigating the latest fire are shot and killed. When it was just arson, it was Truman's case. Murder makes it Mercy's.

Their joint investigation leads them to Tom McDonald who is building his own little army and has declared his land independent of the United States. Unfortunately, Mercy's estranged brother Owen is buying what Tom McDonald is selling which makes it really hard for Mercy.

This was an exciting story with danger and a nicely building romance. I liked both Truman and Mercy and was rooting for them to work out their differences.

Favorite Quote:
"Don't try to tell me what I can or can't promise. I know what I'm capable of. I'm not scared of exposing my heart to you, Mercy, but I know you are terrified of doing the same."

She was silent.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. I only skimmed this review because coincidentally I am reading this book since yesterday. I didn't read the first one, but have read a Kendra Elliot book before so taking a chance and will backtrack if I enjoy this one. So far, so good!


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