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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I really enjoyed A MERCIFUL DEATH especially because it gave me new insight on the prepper movement. The way that Ms. Elliot portrays it makes total sense and it causes me to wonder why more of us don't take part in it at least as far as having food put aside. I am thinking that I might want to have enough canned goods for my family set aside just in case.
This book is mainly character driven and I love the characters especially Mercy. She is a modern woman who makes the most of today's conveniences to do her job yet if world ended tomorrow, she is ready for that also. She has a strong sense of justice that both tortures her and drives her. She is also someone that I would love to have a friend. I am really looking forward to seeing more of this lady and hopefully Eagle's Nest's police chief Truman.
This book has a great pacing with the tension and danger increasing throughout the story especially when they discover that some older crimes might have bearing on the current murders. I really do think that my readers who enjoy romantic suspense would enjoy A MERCIFUL DEATH.
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