Review of A Merciful Death

A Merciful Death

Mercy Kilpatrick, Book #1

Kendra Elliot

5 Stars


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… (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Mercy is one tough lady.  She has had a rough childhood and she left home many years ago.  But she was able to make something of herself and she is one tough FBI agent.  When she is on a case, she does not back down and she will do whatever it takes to solve the case.  Truman, the police chief, also has a past that he is trying to overcome.  For him, the killings are personal because his uncle has been murdered.  He will do anything to find the killer and bring justice for his uncle’s death.  He knows that teaming up with Mercy will improve his chances immensely.  I enjoyed the interactions between Mercy and Truman, and we got more of an insight into their personalities through these interactions.  The secondary characters were also well developed and add another dimension to the story.

The writing styles flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was seeing things through the eyes of a bystander.  The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and there were enough red herrings thrown in that I kept changing my mind about the murders.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted romantic suspense.  I have read many books by this author and they have all been top notch.  She is at the top of my list as a must read author.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the opportunity to read and review this book.