Audio Book Review: A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot

Posted March 4, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 20 Comments

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Audio Book Review: A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot
A Merciful Silence

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Series: Mercy Kilpatrick #4
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on June 19, 2018
Pages: 344
Length: 9 hours and 15 minutes
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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The Delight

It’s two months after Mercy was shot and nearly killed, two months sense her prepper cabin burned to the ground, and two months of back to routine… until mutilated skulls show up during a heavy rainstorm flood brings them to light. I slipped into this next installment of the series and had not a doubt in my mind that it would be fabulous in the way a gritty, dark and intense romantic suspense can be. And, it was.


A Merciful Silence is book four in a series that connect tightly from one installment to the next so does not make a good out of order or standalone.

Mercy and the FBI are working on the new case that the skulls bring, but soon end up with fresh kills that eerily echo back to two twenty year old cases. Did the wrong man get put behind bars? Evidence is hard come by and they inch their way forward with the few witnesses and one survivor.
Meanwhile, it seems Truman kicked over the wrong anthill in his routine police work around Eagle’s Nest and lands in a danger that tests both him and Mercy to their limits.

This one presented many nail-biter moments and left me guessing on several counts. The author has an instinct for pacing out all aspects of the story and give the book a natural rising action that has the reader taunt right along with the tension in the story and more than ready when the big scene happens. In this one, Mercy is forced to confront the deepest fear that has been the reason she has held back and kept things barely moving forward in her relationship with Truman. When confronted with first his disappointment in her not sharing as a couple- again- and then several long nights alone while feverishly working a case that got personal, she has her epiphany.

I’ve said it before, but each book presents a fresh mystery and also continues to grow the characters and the romance so it never stagnates, but keeps the series strong and moving forward. So much is explored each time whether it is a different element and set of characters in the community or a different aspect of a relationship or their careers. Don’t miss out if you’re a romantic suspense lover.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Lover Of Romance
2 years ago

I really want to read this author and you know I love gritty romantic suspense. Which book do you suggest I start with first? I just love seeing how much you are loving these books.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yay! This series definitely needs to be read in order. I think the first book is A Merciful Death.

2 years ago

I heard nothing but good things about this series. thanks for the warning about this one not being a good standalone. Will have to add book 1 to my buy list this year

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lily

I love these. Hope you get the chance, Lily. Yes, definitely start with book one to really enjoy these.

2 years ago

it’s an author I really need to try! I keep hearing great things!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Definitely, Melliane. πŸ™‚

Debbie Haupt
2 years ago

I think I might have read her before but now I’m definitely going back for more. Thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

So worth it, Debbie. I need to read some of her other stories.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Each book gets stronger, and I really enjoyed the mysteries both past and present. Great review Sophia Rose!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I am really loving on these. You’re right about this series getting better and not less. πŸ™‚

2 years ago

Oy man! I need to start this series. I have the books on my kindle, just need to get to them

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yep! Go get ’em, Tiger! You won’t be disappointed. πŸ™‚

Bookworm Brandee
2 years ago

This may seem hokey, Sophia, but I kinda got tense just reading your review! Gah! I’m going to have to cave and give this series a go. It sounds so well done from its mysteries and suspense to its well-defined characters. And I just really like the sound of Mercy. πŸ˜‰

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Nope, not hokey at all. There were several times in these books where my hair stood on end. It doesn’t drift into horror, but here are nailbiting moments. I really like Mercy, too. She’s real and has her vulnerabilities, but she is also a tough as nails FBI agent. I think you’d love these, Brandee. πŸ™‚

Anne - Books of My Heart

Yes I loved this one also. Wonderful review. I’m glad you enjoyed it too.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I feel like this series can do no wrong. πŸ™‚

Carole rae
2 years ago

I need a good mystery! I just finished an okay one :/

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

I think you’d find this series a good palette cleanser, Carole. πŸ™‚

Melanie Simmons
2 years ago

I asked my library to get the first audiobook in this series, which they did. I ended up having to return it before I could listen, because of review books, but it is there now when I have a chance. Great review.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Good timing, then. πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. πŸ™‚