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.