Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on June 6, 2017
Source: Kindle Unlimited
After the heart-pounding and electrifying first book in the series, I was eager to continue the suspenseful stories of FBI Agent, Mercy Kilpatrick and local police chief, Truman Daly. Mercy is back in her hometown and slowly making in roads with her estranged prepper family while Truman is taking baby steps trying for a deepening relationship with the skittish Mercy. But, mysterious fires, trouble-hunting local kids, and a powerful local group who may be stockpiling dynamite for something big having them pushing hard on the trail of an arsonist and murderer. This was a real nailbiter and the big scene had me listening with bated breath. No sophomore slump for this series.
A Merciful Truth is book two in the Mercy Kilpatrick series. The case itself would work standalone, but the murder mystery/arson case is woven into a deeper larger story of romance, healing family, personal demons, and a strong connection with the first book. Best to get them in order.
Mercy has been away for FBI training in Quantico and in her absence, Truman is faced with a series of small, property damaging arson fires until the night a marksman opens fire on the police and at another fire a body is found and another deputy is shot at. Things have escalated and now it seems law enforcement is in someone’s crosshairs.
Meanwhile, Mercy fears Truman is advancing toward the three little words that scare her the worst because she isn’t sure she can trust him not to abandon her if she lets herself feel something deeper for him. Her heart tells her that Truman is a solid bet and means what he says, but she is still dealing with the after effects of a family who turned their back on her. She’s made good progress with her sisters, but her dad and her surviving brother are full of anger and hate that they aim squarely at her.
Mercy’s niece has a secret of her own, but when Caid’s friends get them in trouble, her secret’s out. But, Caid is in worse trouble than hiding a relationship with Kaley. His new employer and the growing numbers of rough-type men on the ranch seem to be hiding secrets from the police investigating a murder along with their escalating resentment toward government and those in law enforcement including Mercy’s brother, Owen.
There was a lot going on in this one and plenty of motives and suspects for the arson and murders. Mercy and Truman are up against big trouble and I could see that trouble was going to come from all sides including from within Mercy’s family. It wasn’t hard to figure out who was responsible for what, but the suspense was more in how were all the innocent parties going to survive the fall out. The emotion is high in this one and the tension was drawn taunt before released in a thrilling finish. It’s dramatic without being too much.
Teri Schnaubelt continues to deliver a fabulous performance with great impact. She narrated the pace, tone, situations and large cast with great skill and I love her as a match for this story and series of books.
All in all, I got probably one of the best romantic suspenses/ thriller romances that I’ll experience all year. I loved how I was so worried about the characters and the situations that I couldn’t keep my mind off this one even when I had to set it aside. I resented having to set it aside. I enjoy how the cases are set in a larger ongoing story and I can’t wait for the next installment.
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