Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Memes: A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City ReaderThe Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Mercy thought it was a deer.

But it was a girl who burst out of the brush along the dark road and into the headlight beams of her SUV. She stomped on the brakes and jerked the steering wheel to the right. Spinning sideways, her vehicle shuddered as her tires bounced along the snow-packed ruts of the road's shoulder. It rocked to a stop and she clung to the wheel, gulping for breath.
Friday 56:
"Let's sit down," Christian suggested and pulled out a bar stool at the island for Mercy.

She sat and pulled out a small notebook. Gabriel slowly took a seat, giving her his attention.

My, won't this be fun.
This week I am reading A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot. I got this eARC from NetGalley. It is the third in the Mercy Kilpatrick series. Here is the description from Amazon:
A pair of ritual murders could expose Mercy Kilpatrick to something terrifying: her own past…

Raised off the grid by survivalists, Mercy Kilpatrick believed in no greater safeguard than the backwoods of Oregon. Unforgiven by her father for abandoning the fold for the FBI, Mercy still holds to her past convictions. They’re in her blood. They’re her secrets—as guarded as her private survival retreat hidden away in the foothills.

In a cabin near her hideaway, Mercy encounters a young girl whose grandmother is dying from multiple knife wounds. Hundreds of miles away, a body is discovered slashed to death in a similar way. The victims—a city judge and an old woman living in the woods—couldn’t be more different. With the help of police chief Truman Daly, Mercy must find the killer before the body count rises. Mercy knows that the past has an edge on her. So does her family. How can she keep her secrets now…when they’re the only things that can save her?


  1. Sounds interesting. The beginning comes at high speed!
    Thank you for commenting on my choice this week. Colm Toibin is a master and well worth reading.

  2. Sounds intense and very riveting. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  3. I think I have the first book in this series - I love the covers that Kendra Elliott gets for her books, always so good. I really like the beginning and the 56 so I'll be adding this one to my list. Thanks for visiting my Friday meme

  4. I've seen this series going around - it definitely sounds good. :)

  5. Sounds like a good series. I'll have to take a closer look.

  6. This sounds like a great mystery! I'm gonna have to check out this series! Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. That beginning was all I needed to pull me in! :-) Happy weekend!

  8. Hi Kathy,

    A new to me author, Kendra is definitely another name for my reading list, although I am wondering whether this particular series works okay as stand alone stories, or if I really need to go back and read them from the beginning in sequence.

    Also, the suite of cover art for the series looks pretty impressive when seen together.

    Those first couple of lines you shared would definitely keep me reading anyway, regardless of anything else, so thanks for sharing :)


  9. That beginning is so gripping! I can envision that whole scene so clearly! Sounds like a thrilling story. I hope that you enjoy it. :)

  10. This book sounds soooo good! I've never heard of this series...have you read the other books in the series as well? I am definitely interested in giving it a go! Have a great weekend, Kathy :)

    Jo-Ann at Inspiration Pie

  11. That is quite an intense opening! I am definitely hooked already. This sounds a good one, Kathy. Have a great weekend!


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