by Jan Coffey, May McGoldrick

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BN ID: 2940015593990
Publisher: MM Books
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 581,360
File size: 52 KB

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Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick are storytellers with a checkered past.
From the submarine shipyards of Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, and the clubs of Rodeo Drive, to the forges of Pennsylvania and the electronics manufacturers of Massachusetts, these two have spent their lives gathering material for their novels. Nikoo, a manufacturing engineer, and Jim, who has a Ph.D. in sixteenth-century British literature, wrote their first full-length novel in 1994. Since then, Jim and Nikoo have written thirty novels and two works of nonfiction.
They write under the pseudonyms of May McGoldrick, Jan Coffey, and Nicole Cody.

These prolific and popular authors have been the recipients of numerous awards for their work. They now reside in Watertown, Connecticut.
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Mercy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Julie decides a weekend getaway will be good for her and her daughter Amy. Amy has been suspended from school and is a troubled child. Two years ago she was in a wreck that killed her dad and Julie's husband. She hasn't talked since then. If dealing with all that wasn't enough Julie may be losing her job and her boyfriend Garrett is moving for his job. The weekend seems to be off to a good start Amy has an imaginary playmate and seems to be happy. What Julie doesn't realize is the inn is haunting and Amy's imaginary friend is actually a ghost named Mercy. She isn't the only ghost around either Mercy's mom Eliza is around and she has plans for Julie and Amy. It is up to Garrett to figure out the old mystery and save them. This is a short story I really enjoyed. It has a spooky feel that sends shivers up your spine. While it is a short story it still all the great qualities a long book has. You get to know the characters, what happened to them in the past, what s going on now and you get a wonderful ending. Amy has been through so much and she still continues to go through stuff. She just doesn't fit in with others. Julie is a great mom. She has done so much to help and support Amy on her own. Her child is very important to her. Garrett I love him. He comes back to surprise the girls and helps them. My favorite thing with him is he actually talks and plays games with Amy. He doesn't treat her different or try to use her to get close to her mom. He is there and cares for her. The mystery of these ghost is a gruesome one that will haunt you. I really liked the whole story and would recommend to anyone wanting a great short haunting read.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
Now this was an interesting ghost story.  Julia and Amy (mother and daughter) go away for a weekend after Amy is suspended from school for aggression.  Julia doesn't believe her daughter is guilty, but Amy hasn't spoken since she was in a car accident with her father in which he was killed.   At the hotel, Amy is befriended by Mercy, a young ghost who shows her a secret cupboard in the room of the inn at which they are staying. Meanwhile, Julia begins to have horrific dreams involving rape and hangings. But are they dreams or a ghost's memories? When Garrett surprises them at the inn, the ghost's rage escalates. Personally witnessing the ghost's wrath, he starts delving into the inn's past and discovers that there have been multiple deaths involving a mother and daughter hanging themselves in the very room in which they are staying. Will he be able to fix the misdeeds and miscommunications of the past before they claim two more victims? It has been awhile since I have read a ghost story, and this novella was a good start to get me interested in them again.  Care to recommend any good ghost stories for this month?
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
Mercy is a very good short story! I usually do not read short stories because I often find them incomplete due to the shorter length, but the blurb grabbed my attention so much that I wanted to give it a shot, and I’m so glad I read it. I really liked how much this story contained the pertinent details as to why the past was causing events to repeat periodically with certain new occupants staying at the bed and breakfast, and how the circumstances of the past finally helped with the dilemmas of a mother and daughter in the past and the present.    I received an e-ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A haunting tale of a young girl who experienced tragedy a long time ago and another who has been traumatized recently. They come together in this story to set each other free. I loved this book it was short but had a lot of impact. A mystery from long ago and a mother trying to protect her child while denying herself a romance she thinks is impossible only to find out in the end not only is it possible but it is her and her daughter's saving grace.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Julia Klein’s life has begun to unravel—her daughter Amy has been suspended from school, Julia is about to lose her job, and her boyfriend Garrett is being transferred thousands of miles away. Overwhelmed, she and Amy leave for a weekend at a rambling old colonial inn. Julia never suspects that Garrett, desperate to find a way to keep Julia in his life, has decided to surprise her by joining them. Nor does she expect her daughter to befriend a mischievous ghost...or that she herself would be possessed by the malevolent spirit of a long-dead mother. As a dark secret emerges, Julia, Amy, and Garrett find themselves pitted in a fight for survival against a savage presence that intends to resurrect/repeat/relive a horrible crime committed two centuries ago. And this time, Amy and Julia will be the victims. Review: I love a good chiller! The sad back story for Julia and Amy; as well as for Mercy and Eliza really helped me get into the story and get immersed with the characters. Julia and Eliza both lost their husbands and fought to keep their daughters safe and sound. The love story between Julia and Garrett was excellent and has me so rooting for them. Garrett is the kind of guy every girl wants and he fights for the family he wants. The scenes where the characters are interacting with the ghosts are scary and spine tingling and truly left me anxious to know what was coming next or what scary thing the ghost was going to do. The Author did an excellent job of conveying a well rounded story and characters in short story. Curl up, with the lights on and read on a great fall night. 4 stars
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
This book is a ghost recreation murder/mystery. I loved that the author gave you enough background information to interest you and then keeps you interested with the current plot. Julia has taken her daughter Amy on a weekend getaway to try to get Amy to relax from problems at school. Amy hasn't spoken a word since her dads car accident in which she was a passenger. Julie has found a boyfriend, Garret, but has a hard time trusting that he wants to remain in their life as he just got a new promotion in another town. Boy is her mind changed when he shows up and surprises her. Then they all get the surprise of their life when a resident ghost tried to commit a murder suicide. Great book, just enough to keep you interested and want to keep ready.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Mercy is a quick read, but spookily satisfying nonetheless. Julia Klein lost her husband two years ago. Their young daughter Amy hasn't spoken a word since, having suffered understandable psychological trauma after being trapped in the car as her father died. Julia had been working on her nursing degree when the tragedy struck and she had to quit school to work as a nurse's aide. Her life has been a struggle ever since, with a low paying job and weekly therapists and psychologists for her daughter to pay for, not to mention all the other expenses of raising a child. Recently, though, things had started to get better--she met someone, and even knowing her complicated life, it looked like he just might stick. And then the week from you-know-where hit. Amy was suspended from school for violent behavior. Garrett's transfer to Atlanta was becoming a reality, and her clinic job was suddenly in danger. Desperate for an escape, she decides to take Amy away for a weekend to a colonial-era inn on the Massachusetts coast. She hopes that when she returns to Boston, she'll be able to see a way out of the mess her life has become. Even though Julia had told him he didn't need to be there, Garrett Ochoa knew his girlfriend was facing a tough battle and could use his support. He pulls a few strings and manages to get himself a reservation at the same inn that Julia and Amy are staying at, right in the room next door. Almost right away, though, he feels as if something doesn't want him there. It turns out the inn is haunted with not just one, but two ghosts--one, the relatively friendly and benign spirit of Mercy Turner, appears to have been Amy's age when she died. The other ghost, though, apparently that of Mercy's mother, is far from amicable. As the two spirits begin to interact with our three protagonists, Garrett, a network producer, begins to investigate their history. What he finds chills him--Mercy's mother committed a horrible act decades ago, and it looks like at least two guests since then have recreated it. Julia and Amy appear to be next on the ghost's list--can they possibly prevent such a horrible fate? Or is it already too late? This story was a perfect read for a dark and chilly autumn night. It was a real page turner, and was just suspenseful enough to raise my blood pressure a tad without keeping me up later that night. The relationship between Garret, Julia, and Amy was very sweet, as were the touches of romance. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more from this author. B+ rating. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
These-Pretty-Words More than 1 year ago
Creepy, suspenseful, and filled with family drama. Downright scary. That’s the only way I can describe this novella. Julia and her mute daughter, Amy, head to an old Inn thinking a weekend away will be good for them. From almost the moment they arrive, odd things start happening. Secret hiding spaces, mystery friends, drafts, voices…this is a quintessential haunted-house story. The story itself involves some seriously dark topics – from bullying to abandonment, child trauma to child prostitution – though most everything is only touched upon, not written in any sort of detail. Amy, the daughter of the main character, is a sweet but sad little girl who needs more than a weekend away. The way Jan Coffey writes her thoughts and actions makes you feel for the child, and I worried about her from the first time her thoughts danced across the page. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Garrett, Julia’s perhaps-boyfriend. His indecision was a bit irritating and his actions and words didn’t always match up, but the romance between him and Julia was a tad sweet so I’ll give him a pass. Overall I rate this one at three stars. Scary scenes, violent ghosts and a decently built history behind the haunting make this a perfect fall read if you want to give yourself a decent spook.
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
This story was packed with lots of suspense, but I wish it had just a little more to it. It definitely had a spook factor to it and makes a great read for the Halloween season though. If you are looking for a short read for your lunch break then you should definitely grab this one up. I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review. 
AMONT More than 1 year ago
Mercy is the first book that I’ve read by Jan Coffey. Although I finished the book, I lost interest in it after reading the backstory of the “...malevolent spirit of a long-dead mother.” Other parts of the story consisted of elements commonly found in ghost stories, so it didn’t really have that wow factor that I was looking for. Rating 1/5 I received an e-arc of Mercy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, thank you.
cattouch More than 1 year ago
A good haunted house mystery. ....Characters you care about, a little spooky and a good ending....I' would read this author again.
ReadingOverTV More than 1 year ago
Mercy by Jan Coffey Julia Klein and her daughter Amy are staying in a Newport hotel to get away from troubled times at home. Garrett Ochoa just got a job promoting and is moving to Atlanta but isn't sure what to do about his relationship with Julia and Amy. He decides to surprise them and stay the weekend with them in Newport. But the hotel have a ghost of a little girl named Mercy. And Mercy wants to play with Amy. And it seems there is more going on in this hotel than this single ghost. Maybe bad things. A little scary with ghosts and a little girl. Will she be okay? And then some serious scratching on a door in Garrett's room that then disappears. I was tense reading this short novella, scared for the girl and mother. And isn't that the mark of a good read? You are just as involved and scared as the characters?  I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A well written short story to get you into the mood for Halloween. A weekend away with her daughter and a surprise visit from her boyfriend. Enter ghosts and you have a perfect read.
MCail More than 1 year ago
When a man loves a woman he will do anything for her. Even battle ghosts. Ghosts scare the bejesus out of me and Mercy didn't disappoint. This story was scary and well written. It was a wonderful example of love concurring all. Loved it!!!
Heidiliz72 More than 1 year ago
I'm typically not a big fan of novellas because they tend to not get into as much detail and character description as I'd like. However, for as short as this story was, I was impressed with the amount of detail written. It took me a couple of chapters to get into it, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. I love a good ghost story, and this was definitely one to remember.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Julia Klein's world is falling apart. She lost her husband two years ago. Her daughter, Amy, was with him when he had his fatal accident. She has never recovered from the trauma. A weekend getaway sounds like a perfect escape. Unfortunately that's not the case. The Inn is haunted. Amy's new playmate is Mercy Turner, a ghost. Eliza, Mercy's mother, is angry and vengeful and wants to punish the living. Garrett Ochoa, Julia's boyfriend, surprises his two girls on their holiday. Eliza doesn't like his intrusion. As Garrett works to find the truth about Mercy, Eliza takes possession of Julia. Will he be able to save them from her revenge? Mercy is a well written, riveting story that will give you chills. The characters are engaging and sympathetic. You want them to find the peace and happiness that they deserve. Garrett is a wonderful, tender hero who care about Julia and Amy. I found this very touching. The suspense was heart stopping. A perfect quick read that will satisfy your desire for thrills and chills.
CharleneCF More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novel for Halloween.  It was enjoyable to read about the couple and the sister overcome and be together.
sjziegler More than 1 year ago
booksbysteph says "Very Suspenseful" "Every minute of Julia [Klein's] day was a fight for survival." She lost her husband in a car wreck two years ago, Their daughter, Amy, spent hours trapped in the car with her dead father. Amy has not spoken a word since. She is also being bullied at school so she brought Julia's pepper spray and non-verbally threatened the kids. Boston considers pepper spray a weapon, so technically, Amy brought a weapon to school. Now she is suspended from school "for violet behavior, pending the results of an investigation and further psychological testing." The hospital where Julia works is being bought out so she is losing her job and health insurance. With the huge debt her late husband left her, how will Julia pay for the therapy sessions Amy goes to twice a week for her psychological trauma? To top it all off, her boyfriend, Garrett, was transferred to Atlanta for work. "[Julia] knew that there could be no happily ever after. She had too much baggage for any man to want to hang around for any extended time." So Julia packs up Amy and goes to Newport for the weekend "to separate the two of them from all the troubles, routines, schedules, and tensions in their lives." The Inn they are staying at is haunted, allegedly, by a six-year-old girl and her mother. While exploring the room, Amy finds a new friend - a six-year-old girl she can see through named Mercy. I GIVE THIS BOOK: 4 Stars This novella packs a punch! My heart was racing at the end. Racing in a this is good horror kind of way. This author has a very unique talent. She is able to pack a lot of information into sixty-some pages, but does not overwhelm you. When I was reading, I thought, "How can she tell this story novella-style?" As I continued to read, my thoughts changed to ...well, they changed to focus more on the story because I wanted to find out what was happening. I never really understood novella, so I never bothered to waste my time reading them. But color this girl impressed! The book made me understand the joy of a novella and the talent of their authors. Until next time, live life one page at a time!
cassandra95011 More than 1 year ago
I received a pdf copy of this book for free from entangled publishing. I thought this book was a thriller perfect Halloween and would recommend to pick up a copy for a little fun fright.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
Julia is having a hard time being a single mother, her boyfriend Garrett moving away for work and her daughter Amy hasn't talked since the accident that killed her daddy. Julia is taking the weekend to a historical Inn in hopes of just getting out of routine. Garrett surprises Julia and comes to the Inn that weekend. Garrett feels like there is a ghost around he feels icy and then it's gone, Julia is having nightmares she can't explain. Garrett calls his assistant to get the history of the Inn. Julia hears Garrett's conversation with his assistant and know what she is hearing was in her nightmares. Garrett talks to the previous owner of the Inn and to now more about the murder-suicides that have happen over the years. Garrett doesn't finish talking before he is out the door and racing to the Inn to save Julia and Amy from the same fate happening all over again.