A Merciful Silence

A Merciful Silence

by Kendra Elliot

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ISBN-13: 9781503901315
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Series: Mercy Kilpatrick Series , #4
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 182,731
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kendra Elliot has landed on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list multiple times and is the award-winning author of the Bone Secrets and Callahan & McLane series, as well as the Mercy Kilpatrick novels: A Merciful Death, A Merciful Truth, and A Merciful Secret. Kendra is a three-time winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award, an International Thriller Writers finalist, and an RT Award finalist. She has always been a voracious reader, cutting her teeth on classic female heroines such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Laura Ingalls. She was born, raised, and still lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and three daughters, but she looks forward to the day she can live in flip-flops. Visit her at www.kendraelliot.com.

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A Merciful Silence 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
The latest in the Mercy Kilpatrick series is a solid crime/police procedural/thriller. This series is best read in order as the books continue on from where the last one left off as far as Mercy and Truman go, but with a new crime/mystery. With heavy rain and flooding in Eagle Rock, five skulls and bones have been discovered in a ditch/culvert. Each of them have been bashed in the temple and mouth. When the coroner looks at the bones, she immediately recognizes the similarity to a case from over 20 years ago. A man was convicted of those crimes and is in prison. Did they arrest and convict the wrong person? Coincidentally, the one surviving family member of that earlier crime is back in Eagle's Nest, hoping to be able to put her ghosts to rest. There is also a secondary plot line with the Sovereign Citizens living in the woods of Eagle Rock. Truman stops one for speeding and he ends up in jail after resisting arrest. He then sues Truman and more troubles erupt there. Trying to get information from the anti-government preppers and sovereign citizens is not easy and hampers the investigation at times. Mercy’s anxiety is back in force with the loss of her cabin in book three. She is also dealing with a physical recovery from her injuries, but this does not stop her. I like seeing this side of Mercy, it made her seem more vulnerable and ultimately, more realistic. She takes center stage in this story, and showed her strength of character as well as an agent. Truman is not as integral in the investigation in this book, but as you read it you will see the reason behind that and how well it fits into the plot. We meet some other characters involved in the police forces in the area and I hope they will continue to be present in the next book, it adds a bit more realism. This is a fast paced book that had me on the edge of my seat. I’ve come to enjoy Mercy and Truman very much and enjoy how their relationship has evolved. I liked the character of Ollie who Truman takes under his wing. I would love to see more of him in the next book. Do I see a new spinoff series in the future here? The publisher, Montlake Romance, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 3/4 If Mercy thought being shot was going to give her time to rest and relax (which she doesn’t really know how to do) the discover of the remains of five people put a stop to that right away. But will Mercy be ready to face her past and the issues that this case will bring up? A Merciful Silence takes us on a very dark and twisting journey. Kendra does an excellent job of giving us many red herrings and paths for us to chase down. Once you think you know what is what you are proven wrong. Another excellent story from Kendra!! As always I am looking forward to the next installment in Mercy & Truman’s series (even if I think they deserve some well needed rest time :D) Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
MauCarden6 More than 1 year ago
The intriguing FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick is still a half bubble off plumb in Kendra Elliot’s A Merciful Silence . She can’t seem to shake all of her prepper upbringing which controls part of her life. Mercy is still with Eagle Nest Police Chief Truman Daly; but she hasn’t learned to completely trust her love for him; while Truman’s love for Mercy is all-encompassing. Elliot is writing much more hardcore suspense in this story. There is a strong love story, but it is the symphony in the background to some tough stuff. Don’t mistake this book for any sort of fluff. A Merciful Silence is the story of two well run police investigations that could keep you up late at night to finish. Neither the prepper life nor Mercy’s prepper family figure much in A Merciful Silence. Instead of preppers, the frightening sovereign citizens are featured after Truman arrests one of their members in a traffic stop. Let the craziness begin. There is also the distressing discovery of the remains of five bodies in a culvert that are copy-cat murders, alike in all details to the murders of two families from 20 years ago; murders where the killer has been in jail for years. So, wrongly incarcerated man or a finely trained copycat? Mercy’s family is not completely absent; there is more of a rapprochement during a town tragedy. Mercy’s sister Rose is present as the book’s Christ-figure bringing hope and serenity after her great suffering. Elliot introduces two characters, a survivor of the first set of murders and a hermit in the woods who are such counterpoints to the sovereign citizens and to killer of the families. They are a needed reminder to the good in the world. Mercy grows the most in A Merciful Silence, she is realizing all of the preparation in the world can not act as a shield to what the world throws at her. Truman finds his strength through his deep love for Mercy. Elliot’s books are always well written with a deep compassion for those who view the world a mite differently. This does not include the sovereign citizens. In this book she is spot on in her portrayal of the sovereign citizens, a group characterized by the FBI as a dangerous domestic terrorist group. She shows them no mercy in her disgust and disdain. Yes, this is book four in the Mercy Kilpatrick books, yes, you should read the others, but no, you shouldn’t pass this one up in case you get it first. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Tina-N-Tennessee More than 1 year ago
Kendra Elliot can do mystery and intrigue like no other author. She leaves you guessing "Who DunIt" until the very last minute. In this book FBI Special Agent Mercy Kilpatrick is tasked with investigating the murder of a quiet family with no enemies. The crime strangely seems to be a copy cat of multiple murders that happened more than 20 years ago in this same rural town. Grady Baldwin was tried, convicted and has been serving his sentence for the murders. As the number of murder victims increase and the guilty man in jail from the long ago crimes, who could possibly be committing the same type murders? There are so many side stories, twists and turns that you can't let your guard down for a moment. I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend reading A Merciful Silence.
Pebbles92 More than 1 year ago
Even though this book falls outside the scope of what I typically prefer to read by focusing almost entirely on suspense with little to no romance, I couldn't put it down. Definitely an edge of your seat thriller that kept me guessing until the very end. Kendra Elliot is a fairly new to me author but I must say this story is one of the best I've read to date. This story captured my attention from Page One and took me on a wild ride with lots of twists and turns. How much can one little town go through?!? I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us next.
cherlym More than 1 year ago
Thank you Kendra Elliott for this awesome series. Thank you Montlake and NetGalley for the opportunity to receive this arc. I voluntarily leave my review. Everyone should know about this series! This can be read as a stand alone. I would recommend reading the other three so you see how far our Mercy Kilpatrick has grown., so you understand her background and understand her strength and courage. This is darker Mercy tale, but handled with taste. This is suspenseful, thriller, intrigue, romance.. I ached for Mercy, I hurt for Truman, I was completely sucked into the red herring of who it was. I enjoyed Brita, such strength! What can I say about Ollie.? I am so thrilled there will be more Mercy books. I want to watch her and Truman grow.. I want to see how Mary copes with her baby and Kaylie explore all life has to offer. I want to see Ollie learn to thrive in his new world. Kudos to Kendra Elliott. More please.
RabidReader1 More than 1 year ago
This is a thrilling addition to the series; the action, suspense, twists and emotional turmoil in this story is amazing. Families are being brutally murdered in a hauntingly similar fashion to the past, and anti-government extremists are once again causing trouble. Police Chief Truman Daly and FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick suffer some intense physical and emotional damage as the try to unravel the complexities and solve the crimes. Your heart breaks at various points in this story, and for more than just the main characters, the emotions and fears feel so real. It really has you on the edge of your seat. It was great to see characters from the authors Bones series make an appearance in this book. I love it when characters cross from one series to another, it creates a more complex world as a whole. This is an intense, heart pounding story that once started is really difficult to put down
ZR1000 More than 1 year ago
Two encompassing cases… This is the fourth book in the Mercy Kilpatrick series that can be read as a stand-alone. The rains in Oregon have been brutal and the ensuing landscape changes uncovered the bones of five people. The manner of death is reminiscent of murdered families that occurred twenty years ago, the perpetrator was apprehended and remains in prison though the convicted man continues to claim his innocence. The recent bones found are not decades old so FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick must ascertain whether someone is mimicking those old murders or the wrong person was imprisoned. This enigma becomes more pertinent with the discovery of a missing family in the area. Could the bones be them? While Mercy works this case, Police Chief Truman Daly gets his first taste of dealing with the Sovereign Citizens, a group sometimes associated with domestic terrorism, they live off the grid and use the words of the law they don’t believe in to distract and confound, and to hide nefarious activities. Truman will rue the day one crossed his path. Two investigations running concurrently do not appear to intertwine. Or do they? The twists and turns in the plot will have you wondering. To complicate matters the only survivor of the old murders, a child at the time has returned to town. Is this coincidence or not? Due to the loss of her cabin on a previous case, Mercy’s prepper upbringing is in the forefront of her mind, without that safety net she feels unprepared and anxious. It’s being rebuilt with improvements but until it’s done she’ll be on edge and it’s affecting her relationship with Truman, the man she’s in love with. She continues to keep the prepper part of herself separate as a protective mechanism and Truman feels the lack of inclusion. Their connection will be tested greatly by current events and epiphanies will follow for both of them. Mercy is also still recovering from a gunshot wound to her leg. This fast-paced story captured my attention quickly, these intriguing, compelling characters drew me in; an FBI agent with prepper beginnings and how she handles the mix now back among the world she grew up in and the family that shunned her. Truman’s love is steady, true, and patient. There’s a good blend of mystery, suspense, and continuing romance. The main characters suffered wrenching heartache in this story, each exhibited growth from what they experienced due to the dark nature of the cases. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the publisher via NetGalley.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
A MERICIFUL SILENCE...Mercy.Klipatrick # 4 Mercy had seen death before, but with Olivia it ripped open her heart. A ten year old child, Morrigan, is left, where is someone for her, a number, anything. A cabin, hard to locate, yet, had a deadly collection. They say that Olivia was a witch, daughter had stronger power, even, where is she at. Mercy is asked about the same manner of death as important judge died last night. The connection is a plot that is twisted and tense to the end. The stakes are high, aspirations and dreams, as her cabin burned. Realizing she had people who cared, Truman and the girls were important to her. Great plot, that won’t disappoint readers, can be read separate, but, continues as a series. Given ARC by Net Galley and Montlake Publishers for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Book Info Paperback Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Montlake Romance Original Title A Merciful Silence ISBN 1503901319 (ISBN13: 9781503901315) Edition Language English Series Mercy Kilpatrick #4 Other Editions (3) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB In the fourth book of the Wall Street Journal bestselling series, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick must unlock the mystery of a mass murder, and the secrets of its silent witness… For Mercy Kilpatrick, returning to rural Oregon has meant coming to terms with her roots. Raised as a prepper, Mercy is now relying on her survivalist instincts to defend her town from the people the law can’t reach. But this time, an investigation calling up a dark past for her and police chief Truman Daly may be hitting too close to home. A rainstorm has uncovered the remains of five people—a reprise of the distinctive slaughter of two families twenty years ago. Except the convicted killer is in prison. Is this the case of a sick copycat, or is the wrong man behind bars? One person might have the answer. The lone survivor of the decades-old crimes has returned to town still claiming that she can’t remember a thing about the night she was left for dead. As the search for the truth becomes more dangerous, Mercy fears that the traumatized woman may not have buried her memories at all. She might be keeping them a secret. And there’s a price to be paid for revealing them. My Thoughts Eagle's Bend, Oregon once again finds it's police force and FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick embroiled in a crime scene. Having to investigate the remains of five people after a torrential rainstorm was not on the agenda for police chief Truman Daly or Mercy either one. However fate has a sick sense of humor as once again the past comes knocking on their door and a vicious killer starts a new round of deaths. Still recovering from being shot Mercy is at times hard pressed but still gives it her all in effort as she knows time is ticking down. On top of that Mercy has to deal with personal loss as well and the hits just keep on coming when Truman himself becomes in danger. The violence is graphic in this one as are the descriptions of the victims conditions at the time of their deaths, as are the crime scenes as well, and for some it may be a little much to handle but for me it just leant gravity to how heinous the murders committed were. This book made the three that came before it seem like a distant dream. It was the most brutal of the series but also the greatest leap for Mercy's characters personal evolution. From a woman whose very being shouted keep away Mercy has slowly opened herself up little by little to relationships that she never wanted or allowed herself to form for many years. I am so happy that this book turned out to not be series end and even happier to have had the privilege provided by Montlake Publishing and NetGalley to read this uncorrected ARC copy early. Thank you both and most of all thank author Kendra Elliot for her efforts in creating these characters and bringing them to life for readers in this very enjoyable and fascinating series. So looking forward to what comes next. [EArc from Netgalley]
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Book Info Paperback Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Montlake Romance Original Title A Merciful Silence ISBN 1503901319 (ISBN13: 9781503901315) Edition Language English Series Mercy Kilpatrick #4 Other Editions (3) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB In the fourth book of the Wall Street Journal bestselling series, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick must unlock the mystery of a mass murder, and the secrets of its silent witness… For Mercy Kilpatrick, returning to rural Oregon has meant coming to terms with her roots. Raised as a prepper, Mercy is now relying on her survivalist instincts to defend her town from the people the law can’t reach. But this time, an investigation calling up a dark past for her and police chief Truman Daly may be hitting too close to home. A rainstorm has uncovered the remains of five people—a reprise of the distinctive slaughter of two families twenty years ago. Except the convicted killer is in prison. Is this the case of a sick copycat, or is the wrong man behind bars? One person might have the answer. The lone survivor of the decades-old crimes has returned to town still claiming that she can’t remember a thing about the night she was left for dead. As the search for the truth becomes more dangerous, Mercy fears that the traumatized woman may not have buried her memories at all. She might be keeping them a secret. And there’s a price to be paid for revealing them. My Thoughts Eagle's Bend, Oregon once again finds it's police force and FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick embroiled in a crime scene. Having to investigate the remains of five people after a torrential rainstorm was not on the agenda for police chief Truman Daly or Mercy either one. However fate has a sick sense of humor as once again the past comes knocking on their door and a vicious killer starts a new round of deaths. Still recovering from being shot Mercy is at times hard pressed but still gives it her all in effort as she knows time is ticking down. On top of that Mercy has to deal with personal loss as well and the hits just keep on coming when Truman himself becomes in danger. The violence is graphic in this one as are the descriptions of the victims conditions at the time of their deaths, as are the crime scenes as well, and for some it may be a little much to handle but for me it just leant gravity to how heinous the murders committed were. This book made the three that came before it seem like a distant dream. It was the most brutal of the series but also the greatest leap for Mercy's characters personal evolution. From a woman whose very being shouted keep away Mercy has slowly opened herself up little by little to relationships that she never wanted or allowed herself to form for many years. I am so happy that this book turned out to not be series end and even happier to have had the privilege provided by Montlake Publishing and NetGalley to read this uncorrected ARC copy early. Thank you both and most of all thank author Kendra Elliot for her efforts in creating these characters and bringing them to life for readers in this very enjoyable and fascinating series. So looking forward to what comes next. [EArc from Netgalley]