Thursday, August 3, 2017
Review: A Merciful Truth
By Kendra Elliot
Genre Adult crime/fiction
Back in her hometown of Eagle's Nest Oregon FBI Agent Mercy was hoping for a warm welcoming from family but while some are welcoming others are not. Meanwhile an arsonist turned murderer is on the loose. Can Mercy and her lover Police Chief Truman Daly find who's behind the crimes before it's too late?
Police Chief Truman Daly slammed the door of his Tahoe and raised a hand to protect his face from the heat of the fire.
I received a copy of A Merciful Truth from the kind folks at Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review.
Having not read the first book in this series I was a little afraid I wouldn't know what was going on but I felt that I caught on pretty quickly. Mercy has just transferred from Portland back to her home town of Eagle's Nest Oregon and is dating the Police Chief Truman Daly. Her brother was killed not too long ago and she is now the guardian of his daughter. The death of her brother is what, I'm assuming, was covered in the first book. Don't take my word for it, though, I'm just assuming.
I felt like this one stood on its own storywise. While I liked watching Mercy track down the arsonist with Truman's help as the story unfolded, I found far too much telling not showing going on. As a result I couldn't really connect to the characters. They felt one dimensional; like character cutouts of a FBI agent and a police chief. Even Mercy's niece felt like your typical teenager. They were just too standard. I wanted to connect to them but couldn't.
There was quite a few things that were far too convenient as well. I tried to be forgiving but found far too many things that were unbelievable.
I know it sounds like I hated this one and that's not entirely true. I didn't hate it but was a bit disappointed. Maybe I'm just burned out on these crime novels (as I've mentioned before) or maybe I wasn't in the mood but this one fell a bit flat for me.
Should you read it
If crime novels are your thing then give this one a go. Though, I might recommend reading the first in the series before reading this one.