A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot
Publisher & Release: Montlake Romance, January 17, 2017
Time and setting: Present Day, Oregon
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Book Length: 332 pages
Heat Level: 1 Flame
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
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?
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I always know I’m in for a treat with a new release from Kendra Elliott. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, I eagerly agreed to read and review the third book in her Mercy Kilpatrick series.
As with all of Ms. Elliot’s books, the characters are real and flawed, the plot is intriguing and there’s plenty of emotions running high. One of the things I enjoy most about her books is the suspenseful scenes. She has a way of keeping me on the edge of my seat from the first page until the last.
I love Mercy’s character and in each of these books, it only grows stronger. While she’s complicated and has a lot of pent-up issues, she never lets them hold her back. She’s fierce in her determination to be the best FBI agent possible and protects her niece like a mama bear.
Truman is a drool-worthy hero any woman will love, and I’m one of them. He’s an honorable, caring man, and he’s so patient with Mercy’s trust issues. He never lets anything rattle him, whether it’s a case or Mercy.
While the romance is secondary in A Merciful Secret, it’s still strong and adds a lot to the story. The suspense in this book builds as the tale of mystery and intrigue unfolds. Ms. Elliott does a fantastic job of keeping the true villain under the radar until the climax. I never suspected a thing.
There is a strong secondary plot interwoven throughout this book, intricately tied to the main storyline. Salome and her daughter were interesting characters and added a great deal. There is a huge surprise at the end, which really tied this one up exceedingly well.
If you enjoy a novel with plenty of high suspense with a great “who-done-it plot,” then you will absolutely love A Merciful Secret. I do recommend reading the other two books in this series before reading this book so you’ll fully appreciate Mercy and Truman. Happy reading!