Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on January 17, 2017
Length: 10 hrs and 36 minutes
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Preppers are being murdered in a small mountain town community near Bend, Oregon, and the FBI are called in to assist local law enforcement. A dedicated FBI agent has finally come home and old dark and guilty secrets begin to weigh on her under the sharp eyes of the new county sheriff. I have seen a few trusted bloggers review this series and I have been meaning to try it for myself, particularly after enjoying a book from another series this author wrote.
A Merciful Death brings a woman raised in a prepper household and community home after being completely cut off from her family. Mercy has worked hard to be a good agent in Seattle and now all her calm, professional investigative skill goes out the window when she must return to a place she never thought to see again. A chain of horrific deaths have the local law baffled and they need help stopping what is starting to look like a serial killer on the loose who is stealing stockpiled arsenals from the preppers and sovereign citizens of a small community. Mercy sees chilling similarities to crimes committed fifteen years before.
Truman Daly, once a big city cop, came back to the town of Eagle’s Nest where he spent his summers and has settled into what he believes is his dream job. He likes that he can get to know people and be a true help here where there is no anonymity like in the big city. He isn’t too proud to call for help or resent the FBI agents sent to help solve the murders. One of the dead is his own beloved uncle which is why he will be right there to help work the case. He is arrested by Mercy from the moment he meets her and senses there is a whole lot more than the baffling cases troubling her. He doesn’t want to think about just why he wants to know all about her because they have a job to do and she’s leaving right after the case is finished.
The cases are gruesome and have just enough clues revealed to tantalize for the longest time. I liked how the author slowly allowed for the listener to get to know the characters, the past, and steadily work the case. Now, there were times that I questioned detail choices, but then later decided it made sense considering what secrets Mercy was keeping and how the people who believed in the prepper way of life even moderately would have a different outlook on matters.
Speaking of the preppers, the description of their lives and preparations, way of daily living and interacting with the world was fascinating to me. I can totally see the sense in a lot of what they were doing, in moderation. I would definitely want a prepper or one raised in a prepper life, like Mercy, on my team if the whole power grid and tech come crashing down.
The narration is mostly shared by Mercy and Truman, but there are a few moments when the killer gets time. I thought those times were well down and revealed nothing except how dark he was. Those final scenes had me riveted and the stakes are high. The author wasn’t afraid to slam at a reader’s emotions and elicit a deeper response than thrillers or romantic suspenses generally generate.
The narrator, Teri Schnaubelt, was new to me. I settled quickly into her storytelling style and liked the way she voiced all the characters. She had a large cast of men and women, old and younger, and even achieved what felt like a local accent. She kept me engrossed the whole time and I hope she has the narration of the whole series.
All in all, I thought this was abso-fab and I am definitely going back for more. I want more Mercy, Truman, and dark, twisting murder.
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