New Release and Review of A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot

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…

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…

A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The past never really stays in the past. This book kicks off a new series about Mercy Kilpatrick who ran from home 15 years ago and is now back as an FBI agent investing murders of men who are preppers.

Mercy is not your typical heroine, at least not one this author has written before. She grew up with a family and community that believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies. After a traumatic event befalls her and her sister, and her father’s refusal to support her she left her family behind without a second glance. When she left Eagle’s Nest, Oregon she though she would be able to put both the event and her survivalist upbringing behind her. She certainly tried. Going to college and then joining the FBI. But when the prepper murders bring her back to town and it starts to look like the may have some similar characteristics of cold murder cases – Mercy’s past threatens to come back and jeopardize her career and life.

Mercy is a flawed heroine but one I enjoyed reading. At the start of the book she never thought she could go home again but by the end she embraces that the survivalist lifestyle is part of who she is along with the tough FBI agent she has become. We are also introduced to her love interest Truman Daly who is the police chief of Eagle’s Nest. A great start to a new series and I look forward to reading many more books about Mercy.

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