A Merciful Secret (Mercy Kilpatrick, #3)
A pair of ritual murders could expose Mercy Kilpatrick to something terrifying: her own past…Raised off the grid by survivalists, Mercy Kilpatrick believed in no greater safeguard than the backwoods of Oregon. Unforgiven by her father for abandoning the fold for the FBI, Mercy still holds to her past convictions. They’re in her blood. They’re her secrets—as guarded as her private survival retreat hidden away in the foothills.In a cabin near her hideaway, Mercy encounters a young girl whose grandmother is dying from multiple knife wounds. Hundreds of miles away, a body is discovered slashed to death in a similar way. The victims—a city judge and an old woman living in the woods—couldn’t be more different. With the help of police chief Truman Daly, Mercy must find the killer before the body count rises. Mercy knows that the past has an edge on her. So does her family. How can she keep her secrets now…when they’re the only things that can save her?

A Merciful Secret (Mercy Kilpatrick, #3) Details

TitleA Merciful Secret (Mercy Kilpatrick, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 16th, 2018
PublisherMontlake Romance
Rating
GenreMystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Thriller, Suspense

A Merciful Secret (Mercy Kilpatrick, #3) Review

  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    I’m becoming a bit of a Goldilocks with audiobooks. And the formula that’s just right for me involves a steady pace and a straight forward plot. This series fits the bill, although this book was not as strong as the prior two. While I really enjoy Mercy and Truman and it warms my heart to see their developing relationship, I felt there was too much of their looking longingly at each other. It detracted from the story and made me wonder if I was listening to a romance novel or a mystery. The plot I’m becoming a bit of a Goldilocks with audiobooks. And the formula that’s just right for me involves a steady pace and a straight forward plot. This series fits the bill, although this book was not as strong as the prior two. While I really enjoy Mercy and Truman and it warms my heart to see their developing relationship, I felt there was too much of their looking longingly at each other. It detracted from the story and made me wonder if I was listening to a romance novel or a mystery. The plot involves the murder of two seemingly unrelated people. One, a local woman, was considered a witch by many in Eagle Rock. We hear chapters from her daughter, Salome, giving the history of her teenage years. I don’t recommend reading this as a stand alone. You need the background, especially Mercy’s, provided in the earlier books. While I wasn’t as enthralled with this book as the prior two, it’s still a decent mystery and I will definitely read book four. I’ve got to give kudos to Teri Schnaubelt. She does a masterful job as the narrator.
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  • Maureen Carden
    January 1, 1970
    You can take the prepper out of the family circle but you can’t take the prepper out of the girl. Mercy Kilpartrick is an FBI agent who has a hidden cabin in the woods and is a secret prepper. On the way back from a late night visit to her cabin she almost runs over a child desperately seeking help for her dying grandmother.Morrigan Sabin’s grandmother, Olivia, isn’t just dying, she has been slashed to death and Morrigan has been alone with her. Her mother, Salome, left before the crime and Morr You can take the prepper out of the family circle but you can’t take the prepper out of the girl. Mercy Kilpartrick is an FBI agent who has a hidden cabin in the woods and is a secret prepper. On the way back from a late night visit to her cabin she almost runs over a child desperately seeking help for her dying grandmother.Morrigan Sabin’s grandmother, Olivia, isn’t just dying, she has been slashed to death and Morrigan has been alone with her. Her mother, Salome, left before the crime and Morrigan doesn’t know where or for how long, or why.The family’s isolation isn’t for the same reason as Mercy’s hidden cabin; the Sabins stay hidden because they are healers, herbalists and maybe other spooky things. They have been ostracized for generations, unless of course someone needs their help. Then they come sneakin’ ‘round that back door.Mercy has been told in no uncertain terms that she is a witness, nothing else. Yeah, like she is going to listen, especially since a judge in Portland, OR has just been found murdered. The Judge has slash marks in the same pattern as Olivia Sabin. He also has family connections to the area. Since he is a federal judge, this brings the FBI into the picture. The murder also brings a welcome appearance of two characters from Elliot’s Bone Secrets series.Mercy, along with her lover, Police Chief Truman Daly inserts themselves into the investigation of the two connected murders. Truman does so as local law enforcement who knows everyone, even the missing Salome, a fact he doesn’t wish to acknowledge. Mercy has her own personal connections to some of the suspects.Mercy is a complex and conflicted character. How she made it into the FBI is amazing and would probably not have happened in reality. She has an absolute need for her secret cabin, dating back to her being raised by a family of preppers. Her upbringing is still an integral part of her, despite being banned from the family by her father. Mercy thinks she is prepared for any eventuality with her cabin, except for what really happens. Mercy has been estranged from her family for eighteen years but recently has reestablished contact with some members. Her blind sister Rose still remains Mercy’s closest friend and relative. It is disquieting to read about Rose’s happiness with her pregnancy, even though the baby was conceived in a violent rape.The information presented in the book about preppers, their communities and other survivalists is so fascinating. The mindset seems so stupid, or it did until recently. First thing Mercy does is check the morning news. Think about that for a moment. Think about N. Korea. Think about Hawaii and its recent scare. Who’s the crazy one?Chief Daly is still a steady character, providing loving balance for Mercy. He continues to learn as much as possible about the unusual people of Eagle Rock and the surrounding area.The more I read about Bend. OR or the fictional Eagle Rock, the more I want to move there. Right after I move for awhile to Three Pines and Virtue Falls. Elliot paints a picture of her settings that equals her unusual characters, both major and minor. Eagle Rock and its citizens is a whole ‘nother world.Twists and turns abound in this book, just as they do on the mountain road to Mercy’s cabin. The story draws you in and keeps you guessing.There is a hint of the supernatural in A Merciful Secret with a lovely scene between Mercy and Salome.Of course A Merciful Secret can be read as a standalone, but then it would be like missing a visit with weird neighbors and catching up with them.Thanks to NetGalley for and ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick is not only a dedicated agent, she is also a 'prepper' ... a person who 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. Raised off the grid by her survivalist parents, this way of living is something very normal for her.She has a cabin deep in the woods where she goes every chance she gets. It's in these woods where a young girl hails her FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick is not only a dedicated agent, she is also a 'prepper' ... a person who 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. Raised off the grid by her survivalist parents, this way of living is something very normal for her.She has a cabin deep in the woods where she goes every chance she gets. It's in these woods where a young girl hails her and asks for help. Her grandmother needs help. She finds the girl's grandmother dying of multiple stab wounds.Calling her Police Chief Truman Daly, they discover that a judge, miles away. was also killed in the same way. What is the collection between the judge and an elderly woman known as a with, complete with potions and spells?This is the 3rd in a series of 4 books featuring Mercy Kilpatrick and Truman Daly. Although this one is okay as a stand alone, I highly recommend starting at the beginning. This has been a highly suspenseful series. The 4th book is due out June 2018.The book is well written with a great plot and many credible characters. Categorized as a Romantic Suspense, this is much more suspense than romance. The suspense builds and builds until the surprising, explosive ending.Many thanks to the author / Montlake Romance / Netgalley for the digital copy of this Romantic Suspense. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Tulay
    January 1, 1970
    Good story.Author created characters we care great deal what happens to them and that makes us read this series. Knifed and killed two completely different people. Mercy and her boyfriend police chief Truman, finds many family secrets.
  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.This is a really, really great mystery. It has a lot of layers and a lot of secrets to uncover to get to the baddie. Just a great old school mystery. Sorry you romance fans, the romance that is here is the cozy variety, but the mystery is off the charts good.Mercy is flagged down in the middle of the night, near her hidden, prepper, mountain cabin, by a young girl whose grandmo Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.This is a really, really great mystery. It has a lot of layers and a lot of secrets to uncover to get to the baddie. Just a great old school mystery. Sorry you romance fans, the romance that is here is the cozy variety, but the mystery is off the charts good.Mercy is flagged down in the middle of the night, near her hidden, prepper, mountain cabin, by a young girl whose grandmother has been attacked. The woman dies holding Mercy's hand and Mercy is determined to bring her killer to justice, even though as a witness and an FBI agent, she has no authority at all. The night before a Judge in Portland, OR was killed in a similar manner. That is enough to being in the FBI and FBI Special Agent Ava McLane (Callahan and McLane Series). Ava, Mercy and Truman must all work to find this killer before more people die. What is the possible connection between a sitting Judge and an old woman living in the wild woods of Oregon?
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  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this series when it first came out in 2017; giving A Merciful Death (book #1) 4 stars and A Merciful Truth (book #2) 5 stars. I'm also a big fan of Kendra Elliott and I've enjoyed a number of her books.With that said, this book just didn't work for me as well as the first two in the series. I was actually hugely disappointed. Most of the disappointment is due to personal preferences. I don't like 1st POV and I don't like hopping POVs. These personal preferences definitely impacted I really loved this series when it first came out in 2017; giving A Merciful Death (book #1) 4 stars and A Merciful Truth (book #2) 5 stars. I'm also a big fan of Kendra Elliott and I've enjoyed a number of her books.With that said, this book just didn't work for me as well as the first two in the series. I was actually hugely disappointed. Most of the disappointment is due to personal preferences. I don't like 1st POV and I don't like hopping POVs. These personal preferences definitely impacted not only my reading enjoyment but how I starred the book. A lot of readers don't mind and some like these elements so I'll be a little more specific about what didn't work. I did read an ARC provided by Net Galley so there may have been changes between the ARC I read and the final publication.Although this can be read as a stand-alone novel as the mystery itself is stand alone, the nuances of the characters including their relationships, personalities and lifestyles are more easily appreciated and understood if you start with book #1 in the series. The daughter of a murder victim, Salome, is one of the primary characters in this book and when she is starring in the narrative, it's in 1st POV. There is almost a dear diary element as she does a self-diagnosis of her emotions, her family relationships and the attempt to hide from a dangerous person(s). She looks back historically so we get past/present jumping. I didn't really enjoy these sections of the book.Mercy and her significant other Truman Daly are pulled into the murder investigation mostly due to personal involvements versus legal jurisdiction. There were some times where I had issues with how the investigation elements flowed. I started wondering if things would have been handled that way in real life. Again, I wasn't as engrossed into the suspense plot as I wanted to be. Truman is one of my favorite beta heroes. Strong but caring, he's a capable law man without excessive chest thumping. However, there were a couple of incidents where he came off more bumbling than capable…it was disappointing. He however, does make the awesome heroic effort at the end. Mercy is a strong and independent female which is a huge plus in my book. One of my other stumbling blocks with the book was the witch/other worldly elements of the story. These elements also didn't work for me.The murder mystery was actually very good. Who killed Salome's mother and wanted Salome and her daughter dead? I did guess the killer and the motive early so the important element for me was the story telling. With hopping POVs, the story telling felt a little choppy.Will I keep reading this series? Definitely! This is just one book that didn't work me. I like the setting and the primary characters. And I usually like Ms. Elliott's writing style and I'm still a big fan. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!A Merciful Secret is even more action-packed and exciting than the first two books in the series with an intriguing case for Mercy and some great development for the characters.Mercy Kilpatrick was raised in the backwoods of Oregon by a family who believed in being prepared for the end of the world. Now an FBI agent, Mercy still believes in being prepared but hasn't held on to her father's distrust of government agencies. Late one night after leaving her hidden cabin in the woods, Merc 4.5 Stars!A Merciful Secret is even more action-packed and exciting than the first two books in the series with an intriguing case for Mercy and some great development for the characters.Mercy Kilpatrick was raised in the backwoods of Oregon by a family who believed in being prepared for the end of the world. Now an FBI agent, Mercy still believes in being prepared but hasn't held on to her father's distrust of government agencies. Late one night after leaving her hidden cabin in the woods, Mercy nearly hits a girl who runs out into the road. The girl is desperate for Mercy's help and leads her to her grandmother who is dying from several knife wounds. When this woman's murder is linked to the murder of a high powered judge in Portland, Mercy realizes she will have her work cut out for her if she wants to stop the killer before they strike again.Mercy struggles a bit with this case as due to her being a witness, she cannot be allowed to officially work the case. Of course Mercy finds her way around such restrictions and ultimately becomes fully involved when it becomes clear she won't stay on the sidelines. As to Mercy's personal life, her relationship with her niece Kaylie develops nicely and I enjoy the scenes where they're together. We also get a few scenes with Mercy's sister Rose who is an amazing character that I love seeing pop up.I enjoyed watching Mercy and Truman work together again as I feel their styles complement each other very well and allow them to explore different avenues to the case they might not have tried otherwise. Mercy and Truman's relationship continues to progress at a good pace with the only thing slowing it down being Mercy. I liked how much progress they made by the end of the book though and I look forward to seeing their relationship develop further in the next book.I was curious from the beginning how the author would tie together two murders of people from vastly different circumstances and I was quite pleased with the way things worked out. I felt the story had just the right amount of surprises to keep things interesting and the plot was believable which is something that is sometimes lacking in suspense books. There is a bit less of a focus in this book on the prepper lifestyle compared to the first two books, but it is something that comes up as being a prepper is very much part of who Mercy is.Overall the pacing in A Merciful Secret is great and I flew through the book fairly quickly. This book has been my favorite of the series so far and I'm looking forward to future books in the series. I would definitely recommend this series for fans of romantic suspense that are looking for books that are a bit lighter on the romance aspect.**I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
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  • Jean
    January 1, 1970
    Another great addition to the series! This is the 3rd book in the Mercy Kilpatrick series but it can also be read as a stand-alone. Mercy Kilpatrick is an FBI agent trying to repair the damage with her estranged family. Raised within a family of preppers, she has a soul-deep need to always be prepared in case of TEOTWAWKI, the end of the world as we know it. She has a secret cabin where she goes to stock supplies for an emergency. On her drive back home from the cabin, she almost hits a young gi Another great addition to the series! This is the 3rd book in the Mercy Kilpatrick series but it can also be read as a stand-alone. Mercy Kilpatrick is an FBI agent trying to repair the damage with her estranged family. Raised within a family of preppers, she has a soul-deep need to always be prepared in case of TEOTWAWKI, the end of the world as we know it. She has a secret cabin where she goes to stock supplies for an emergency. On her drive back home from the cabin, she almost hits a young girl that runs into the street that is desperately looking for help. Morrigan Sabin’s grandmother has been stabbed multiple times and Mercy helplessly watches her die. Hundreds of miles away, a judge has been found dead with similar stab wounds. Mercy is on the hunt to discover how the two deaths are related.Excellent story with a great cast of well developed characters. While reading it, I wanted to go out and buy a couple of cases of water and canned food. I definitely recommend this very suspenseful thriller. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for supplying me a copy of Kendra Elliot's "A Merciful Secret" in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Mercy Kilpatrick is on her way back from checking on her wilderness cabin when she almost runs down a girl. Morrigan is desperately searching for someone to help her grandmother. When Mercy gets to their isolated home, she find the grandmother dying after a brutal knife attack. Being out of cellphone range she takes Morrigan and drives to somewhere she can get reception before going back and waiting for the police. Morrigan's mother Salome is away from home and can't be contacted. Meanwhile, boy Mercy Kilpatrick is on her way back from checking on her wilderness cabin when she almost runs down a girl. Morrigan is desperately searching for someone to help her grandmother. When Mercy gets to their isolated home, she find the grandmother dying after a brutal knife attack. Being out of cellphone range she takes Morrigan and drives to somewhere she can get reception before going back and waiting for the police. Morrigan's mother Salome is away from home and can't be contacted. Meanwhile, boyfriend and Chief of Police Truman Daly is getting worried about Mercy because she wasn't planning to be gone all night. He goes off to try to track her down and discovers her at the crime scene where she's being interviewed by the police. When Mercy learns that Oliva Sabin's death is very similar to the death of Judge Malcolm Lake which happened nearly the same time in Portland, the FBI takes over jurisdiction for the investigation of both deaths. Mercy can't be directly involved but her good friend Ava is put in charge. Both she and Truman are interested in the investigation but neither are legally involved. That doesn't stop either of them from doing what they can to investigate.Since Olivia and her daughter Salome are both considered to be witches by many in the community of Eagle's Nest, it is thought that there might be some connection there. But that doesn't explain the judge. Although the judge did live in Bend for a while years ago and a connection is found between him and Olivia which could explain why she has been hiding in the woods for many years.This story was a fast-paced mystery with flashbacks to a time when Salome was a teenager and knew both Truman and Judge Lake's son Christian. It also has some sections from Salome's point of view. I am especially fond of Mercy who has a unique background. She was raised by preppers and, although she has left the group, she is still doing her own prepping in case the world as we know it falls apart. Her supplies and her isolated cabin give her a feeling of security. She is also finding a new sense of security with her niece and with Truman that is causing her to open herself up more than she has in years.This was a great story with plenty of action and excitement as well as being the story of two people who are committing themselves to each other.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t like this one as much. There were some explicit memories of the H doing sexual things with OW in the distant past (20 years ago). This is way before he met the h, but I didn’t like it, especially since it wasn’t balanced out by anything intimate between him and the h in the present. I don’t understand why the author wrote the story this way. The H had such a nice, non-manho vibe about him. Why did the author have to include a character with whom the H had a history, no matter how brief? I didn’t like this one as much. There were some explicit memories of the H doing sexual things with OW in the distant past (20 years ago). This is way before he met the h, but I didn’t like it, especially since it wasn’t balanced out by anything intimate between him and the h in the present. I don’t understand why the author wrote the story this way. The H had such a nice, non-manho vibe about him. Why did the author have to include a character with whom the H had a history, no matter how brief? Ah well. I also don’t enjoy reading first person narratives and this book includes the OW’s POV told in the first person. On the up side, the mystery aspect of this story was strong and the H’s cat was cute. Trigger warning: some violence and murder.
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  • Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
    January 1, 1970
    Well, better than I anticipated. And better plot wise than the books before. The villain was slightly predictable. I’d excluded that person for that simple fact. But hey, I was wrong which is a good thing. I enjoyed it for the most part. And now I’m really interested in seeing where things go.
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  • Rabid Reader
    January 1, 1970
    The thrilling start to this story sets the stage beautifully for the rest of the exciting, suspenseful tale. When two seemingly unrelated victims are killed in a similar manner, Mercy and Truman find themselves drawn into the hunt for their cruel murderer. With hints of the supernatural, this tension filled story will defiantly keep you guessing. It has lots of breath holding, on the edge of your seat moments, great twists and plenty of action. It is my favourite of the Mercy Kilpatrick books so The thrilling start to this story sets the stage beautifully for the rest of the exciting, suspenseful tale. When two seemingly unrelated victims are killed in a similar manner, Mercy and Truman find themselves drawn into the hunt for their cruel murderer. With hints of the supernatural, this tension filled story will defiantly keep you guessing. It has lots of breath holding, on the edge of your seat moments, great twists and plenty of action. It is my favourite of the Mercy Kilpatrick books so far, it’s exciting and I love the character development. Mercy has grown with each book; slowly opening her heart and allowing others in. The ongoing romance between Mercy and Truman is beautiful, it’s nice to watch her painstakingly built walls slowly come down. Even though there are threads that run from one book to the next, each novella can easily be read as a stand-alone. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion or review.
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  • Caitlyn Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    Mercy Kilpatrick is no ordinary FBI agent. Raised by a family of doomsday preppers, her life's philosophy boils down to Be Prepared… for anything.So when a terrified young girl stops her car on a deserted road through deep forests in the middle of the night, Mercy reacts a lot better than most in the situation would. At least, until the child leads her to an isolated cabin where an old woman is bleeding to death from multiple stab wounds.Soon, Mercy is embroiled in a tangled web of murders, tryi Mercy Kilpatrick is no ordinary FBI agent. Raised by a family of doomsday preppers, her life's philosophy boils down to Be Prepared… for anything.So when a terrified young girl stops her car on a deserted road through deep forests in the middle of the night, Mercy reacts a lot better than most in the situation would. At least, until the child leads her to an isolated cabin where an old woman is bleeding to death from multiple stab wounds.Soon, Mercy is embroiled in a tangled web of murders, trying to figure out the connection between a retired Portland judge and an old backwoods woman all the locals say is a witch. And she needs to figure it out fast, before she joins the list of the killer's victims.I loved this book. It's clearly not the first in the series but that wasn't an issue, as everyone appearing got just enough backstory for me to find them interesting rather than confusing, and the author never fell into the trap of infodumping. Mercy and her prepper philosophy was really fascinating, as was the mystery itself and the other characters introduced during the story. The final confrontation was absolutely gripping and my heart was in my mouth reading through it, not sure who would make it through in the end.This is a terrific mystery/police procedural with a bit of romance thrown in. If you like genuinely strong women heroines, you’ll absolutely love this. Five stars.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
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  • Luli
    January 1, 1970
    You can find this review in English below.**Esta reseña es de una ARC recibida gratuitamente y sólo refleja mi opinión personal sobre la historia.**Esta es la tercera entrega de la serie y es necesario leer las anteriores para disfrutar completamente de la historia. Aunque el suspense es independiente en cada una, las relaciones entre los personajes son una continuación de los libros anteriores.Fantástico suspense, sutil romance y el siempre omnipresente drama familiar, aunque en esta entrega, t You can find this review in English below.**Esta reseña es de una ARC recibida gratuitamente y sólo refleja mi opinión personal sobre la historia.**Esta es la tercera entrega de la serie y es necesario leer las anteriores para disfrutar completamente de la historia. Aunque el suspense es independiente en cada una, las relaciones entre los personajes son una continuación de los libros anteriores.Fantástico suspense, sutil romance y el siempre omnipresente drama familiar, aunque en esta entrega, todo ha quedado relegado a un atractivo segundo plano en favor del suspense, que como ya he dicho antes, ha sido interesante, original y definitivamente inquietante.En esta ocasión, la autora hace un cameo con personajes de otras series, aparece Ava, la agente del FBI protagonista de la serie “Callahan &McLane”, otra de mis favoritas y el periodista Brody, que aparece también en la serie “BoneSecrets “. Junto con Mercy, son los encargados de resolver dos asesinatos crueles y estremecedores que tan sólo tienen en común su perpetrador. O eso parece…Pero todo el mundo esconde algo, todos tienen un secreto y la verdad resulta incómoda y difícil de asumir. Y cuando todo sale a la luz…bien…vaya con los giros del suspense. Me ha gustado y sobre todo, ha mantenido mi atención desde la primera página hasta la última.El romance, como en las entregas anteriores, es algo muy, muy sutil. Maduro, sin dramas. Adultos comprometidos el uno con el otro y que se lo toman con calma. He echado de menos más momentos de ellos juntos. Me gustan Mercy y Truman y no he tenido bastante de ellos.Una de las cosas que más aprecio de esta autora es su capacidad de agarrase a la realidad y tejer una historia que nunca se aleja demasiado de ella, con todas las complicaciones que ello conlleva. Esta vez, Mercy Kilpatrick no es la investigadora a cargo del caso, sino una testigo. Navegar las aguas de la investigación desde el otro lado es difícil, pero la señora Elliot lo consigue. Y de una manera realista. Y además, la protagonista tiene que seguir lidiando con sus demonios y su familia, que es como para volverse loca.Cada vez entiendo mejor a Mercy. Recuerdo que cuando empezó la serie me resultó complicado conectar con ella. Para mí la noción de los survivalistas era totalmente desconocida, y rozaba un pelín el comportamiento obsesivo compulsivo, y de repente, en este libro me encuentro con el alma encogida y agobiada cuando Mercy tiene que lidiar con algo que sacude los cimientos de su existencia, aunque para el resto de los mortales no tenga mayor consecuencia. Impresionante. No suelo dejarme llevar tanto con las historias y aquí lo he hecho. He disfrutado de ella. No voy a decir que es perfecta, pero sí que es exactamente lo que busco cuando quiero leer un buen suspense con un toque de romance.Merece la pena darle una oportunidad a esta serie.*****This is a review of an ARC and only shows my personal opinion about the story.**This is the third instalment in the series and you need to read the former ones to completely enjoy the story. Although the suspense is a stand-alone in each book, the relationships between the characters continue since the first one.Fantastic suspense, subtle romance and the omnipresent family drama, although in this episode all is suggestively relegated to the background in favor of the suspense, which, as I said above, has been interesting, original and definitively troubling.On this occasion, the author had a cameo of a few characters from another series of hers: it appears Ava, the FBI agent in the “Callahan & McLane” series, one of my favorites, and Brody, the journalist who starred in one of the installments in the “Bone Secrets “ series. Together with Mercy, they are in charge of solving two cruel and unsettling murders which only has in common their perpetrator, or so it seems…But everybody has secrets, everybody hides something, and the truth is uncomfortable and hard to acknowledge. And when all come out into the open, well, talk about twists…I loved it. It has grabbed my attention from beginning to end.The romance, like in the previous books is so, so subtle. Mature, without drama. Adults committed to each other and who are taking their relationship slowly and calmly. I have missed more of them together. I love Mercy and Truman and I can´t get enough of them.One of the things I really appreciate about this author is her ability to grab the reality and hatch a story that never goes far from it, with all the complications it entails. This time Mercy Kilpatrick isn´t the chief investigator in the murders, she is a witness. Navigate the investigation from the other side is a tricky thing to do, but Ms. Elliot do it famously. And in a realistic way. To top it all, Mercy must deal with her own demons and her family, and the later is, to put it mildly, to make you go nuts.With each book, I understand Mercy better. I remember from the first book I hardly could relate with her. The notion of a survivalist was alien to me and I thought it OCD borderline, but now, this story finds me with my heart in my mouth when Mercy has to deal with a situation which shakes the foundations of her existence although it´s next to nothing to the rest of the world. Usually I don´t get swept up in a story so much but here I did. And I enjoyed it immensely.I´m not going to say it was perfect but it was what I look for when I want a suspense with a bit of romance on the side.This series it´s worth a try.
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  • Book Him Danno
    January 1, 1970
    A Merciful Secret is a must read book for everyone who has read one story by Kendra Elliot. This is the 3rd book in the series and readers can start with book 1 or book 3 either way the author is able to pull readers in and covers the last two book quickly without taking away from the current story.A Merciful Secret is well paced story that is told from different points of view each one building hooking readers in keeping them wanting to know all the secrets everyone is hiding.Kendra Elliot does A Merciful Secret is a must read book for everyone who has read one story by Kendra Elliot. This is the 3rd book in the series and readers can start with book 1 or book 3 either way the author is able to pull readers in and covers the last two book quickly without taking away from the current story.A Merciful Secret is well paced story that is told from different points of view each one building hooking readers in keeping them wanting to know all the secrets everyone is hiding.Kendra Elliot doesn't just focus on the current mystery but also each of the different characters personal lives. She brings in Characters from other series that will give fans of Kendra Elliot smiles.The author doesn't those in wasted characters everyone has a purpose driving the story to the end.This is a can't miss in the Mercy Kilpatrick series.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Montlake for the Advance Copy
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Being a "prepper" means you have to be ready for anything and everything - including witches?Another great read by Kendra Elliot. Mercy is opening up more to her boyfriend the sheriff and to her niece that is living with her - she would do anything to protect them!While Mercy is heading up to her secluded hideaway, a young girl comes running out of the woods, she's covered in blood, but not her own. It's her grandmother's blood and the wounds are nasty!I don't want to give out too much about the Being a "prepper" means you have to be ready for anything and everything - including witches?Another great read by Kendra Elliot. Mercy is opening up more to her boyfriend the sheriff and to her niece that is living with her - she would do anything to protect them!While Mercy is heading up to her secluded hideaway, a young girl comes running out of the woods, she's covered in blood, but not her own. It's her grandmother's blood and the wounds are nasty!I don't want to give out too much about the book, so I won't. 2 thumbs up and 4.5 stars
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  • Pamela Shropshire
    January 1, 1970
    This series is only getting better. I originally was intrigued by the premise - Mercy Kilpatrick, daughter of a family of preppers, leaving home at 18 and eventually becoming an FBI agent. Bet that doesn’t happen much IRL, right? But the crime/mystery portions are surprisingly good, and I’m very much enjoying the growing romance between Mercy and Eagle’s Nest hottie Police Chief Truman Daly.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first Mercy Kilpatrick book but I'm so hooked. I cannot wait to go back and read the first two books.A crazy web of secrets and pain and death. This book is both three tragic ending of lives and relationships and the beginnings of new ones.I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Patrizia
    January 1, 1970
    Come mi piace questa serie! Amo come prosegue la storia fra Mercy e Truman e non vedo l'ora di leggere altro.Ben costruita anche la parte mystery di questo libro, dove hanno un ruolo non secondario anche personaggi di altre serie dell'autrice, tanto che vorrei leggere anche le loro storie.
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  • Melissa Borsey
    January 1, 1970
    I really love this series featuring Mercy Kilpatrick, an FBI agent who owns a cabin that she maintains as a place she can live in and be prepared for any disaster thst may occur. On the way back into town from her cabin a little girl runs in front of Mercy's truck and leads her back to her home in the woods where her grandmother lays dying from knife wounds. With the help of her boyfriend, Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy has vowed to find the murderer and keep this little girl safe! This is a ve I really love this series featuring Mercy Kilpatrick, an FBI agent who owns a cabin that she maintains as a place she can live in and be prepared for any disaster thst may occur. On the way back into town from her cabin a little girl runs in front of Mercy's truck and leads her back to her home in the woods where her grandmother lays dying from knife wounds. With the help of her boyfriend, Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy has vowed to find the murderer and keep this little girl safe! This is a very fast-paced, engaging story with a surprise ending. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Reen
    January 1, 1970
    This is Book 3 of the Mercy Kilpatrick series and I do recommend reading the books in order. Mercy is on her way back from her wilderness cabin when she almost runs down Morrigan, a bloodied young girl, on the road. The girl is distraught and looking for help for her injured grandmother who is dying from a vicious knife attack. Morrigan's grandmother Olivia, and her mother Salome, are know as backwoods "witches" and many feel there is a supernatural connection to Olivia's death. When another see This is Book 3 of the Mercy Kilpatrick series and I do recommend reading the books in order. Mercy is on her way back from her wilderness cabin when she almost runs down Morrigan, a bloodied young girl, on the road. The girl is distraught and looking for help for her injured grandmother who is dying from a vicious knife attack. Morrigan's grandmother Olivia, and her mother Salome, are know as backwoods "witches" and many feel there is a supernatural connection to Olivia's death. When another seemingly unrelated person is killed in a similar manner, Mercy and Police Chief Truman are pulled into the case. A great suspenseful read that keeps you intrigued and interested all the way through. The story also brings in fellow FBI Ava McLean from the Callahan and McLean series and Michael Brody from the Bone Secrets series in a nice crossover. It is wonderful to see Mercy becoming more involved in the world and the relationships around her, with Truman, her neice Kaylie and her estranged family and being less isolated. I am not sure if there is another book coming in this series, but I hope there is at least one more where we see Mercy leave behind most of her survivalist angst and move on with Truman and Kaylie. Thank you to Net Galley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    Great book! This is the 3rd book in the Mercy Kilpatrick series. Just like all the other books in this series I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! 😁 Being raised off the grid by survivalists has helped Mercy become a better FBI agent. Leaving her cabin one evening Mercy is stopped by a girl who takes her to her grandmother who has sustained several knife wounds. Mercy must find Morrigan's mother and find out who killed her grandmother.
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  • Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed by GeminiA Merciful Secret is the third book in the Mercy Kilpatrick series. Just like the other two, the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat until the bitter end. Kendra Elliot continues to write stories that draw you deep into the minds of the characters and really want to know why things are happening. Although I figured out who the killer was early on, I doubted myself until it got close to the end. There was a lot of information that made me think I could be wrong. The twists a Reviewed by GeminiA Merciful Secret is the third book in the Mercy Kilpatrick series. Just like the other two, the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat until the bitter end. Kendra Elliot continues to write stories that draw you deep into the minds of the characters and really want to know why things are happening. Although I figured out who the killer was early on, I doubted myself until it got close to the end. There was a lot of information that made me think I could be wrong. The twists and turns kept coming. The series focuses on FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick and her growing relationship with Eagle’s Nest Police Chief Truman Daly. And of course, there’s always a mystery to be solved when Mercy is involved. This time, she stumbles upon a little girl looking for help on the road in the middle of the night. The little girl leads her to a cabin in the woods where an older lady, the little girl’s grandmother has been stabbed multiple times. The woman eventually dies in front of Mercy. Consequently, Mercy makes it a point to figure out who the murderer was although it isn’t technically her investigation. The investigation takes on a life of it’s on as it seems to be connected to the murder of a high-profile judge. From there, the body count begins to rise but the suspect list doesn’t. The little girl’s mother seems to be in the middle of everything but the FBI is having trouble finding her. Oddly enough, trouble also seems to find the mother too. That’s about all that I can say without giving too much away.A Merciful Secret was another well crafted mystery. The characters were well developed and I appreciated the fact that this was not a typical mystery. You get to see relationships develop during the course of the investigation which make you more invested in the main characters. Yet, there is still a lot about them that I would like to know. A Merciful Secret was very realistic and felt like it could really happen. I hope that there are more Mercy Kilpatrick novels to come. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed the book.**
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  • John W.
    January 1, 1970
    Kendra Elliot continues developing her Mercy Kilpatrick character in her thrilling and fast-moving new release A MERCIFUL SECRET. Elliot provides her readers with backstory details helping them understand how Mercy’s upbringing and past influences the author’s developing storyline. She builds suspense and intrigue keeping her readers’ interest from the beginning to the dramatic ending. Mercy and Police Chief Truman Daly join forces to investigate the brutal murder of a woman suspected of having Kendra Elliot continues developing her Mercy Kilpatrick character in her thrilling and fast-moving new release A MERCIFUL SECRET. Elliot provides her readers with backstory details helping them understand how Mercy’s upbringing and past influences the author’s developing storyline. She builds suspense and intrigue keeping her readers’ interest from the beginning to the dramatic ending. Mercy and Police Chief Truman Daly join forces to investigate the brutal murder of a woman suspected of having supernatural talents. While they are pursuing the investigation of the brutal death of their victim, they learn of a similar brutal death of a Federal Judge in Portland. Elliot brings characters, Ava McLean, from her Callahan and McLean Series and Michael Brody, from her Bone Secrets Series into Mercy and Truman’s investigation. Together they search to find a connection between the two murders. The author creates strong support characters who add the twists and turns of the developing storyline. She builds tension that places her readers on edge keeping them guessing as to what will happen next. Elliot adds to the action by introducing interesting personal developments of Mercy’s interaction with her family, new friends, and to the ongoing romance between Mercy and Truman. The author shows growth of all her key characters giving her readers a warm and fuzzy feeling in the middle of the horrific murder investigations. The author creates mystery explaining Mercy’s ongoing search for the person and motive behind the murders keeps the reader turning the page to find the answers to their questions. A MERCIFUL SECRET delivers a fast-moving plot that builds towards an unpredictable ending. Elliot’s new release is a must read earning a five-star ranking.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    This one opened with a bang. At first I worried that Mercy was being lead to a situation where she was going to be hurt, instead Mercy was needed because someone else was hurt. The crimes seemed bad, also seemed connected, yet there was no thread we could see that connect them. It wasn't til the end that we learn how they were connected and it was so crazy how normal it was and how the bad guy's head was so twisted. The action at the end had me holding my breath. I worried for Mercy, worried tha This one opened with a bang. At first I worried that Mercy was being lead to a situation where she was going to be hurt, instead Mercy was needed because someone else was hurt. The crimes seemed bad, also seemed connected, yet there was no thread we could see that connect them. It wasn't til the end that we learn how they were connected and it was so crazy how normal it was and how the bad guy's head was so twisted. The action at the end had me holding my breath. I worried for Mercy, worried that her quiet weekend at the cabin went to hell in such a bad way, a way that had a high price, but one that was worth paying as she came though it. I wonder if due to the actions of this book it doesn't help being Mercy closer to her family, we'll just have to wait and see. I'm also hoping that the gift that Rose received brings more to her life, lets her find what Mercy has.
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  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
  • ☕ Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyable mystery. RTC
  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartI received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was happy to continue the  Mercy Kilpatrick series.  This feels more  crime/ mystery suspense than a romance. There is kissing but the sex is off page. I've enjoyed the world-building of this small town in a rural mountain area with many survivalists. The preppers are fascinating to me and c This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartI received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was happy to continue the  Mercy Kilpatrick series.  This feels more  crime/ mystery suspense than a romance. There is kissing but the sex is off page. I've enjoyed the world-building of this small town in a rural mountain area with many survivalists. The preppers are fascinating to me and cool; I love DYI and self-sufficient people.Mercy has grown personally dealing with her family issues, her new work situation and her new relationship. She is smart and careful, well-trained, so she doesn't put herself in danger in a TSTL way.  Truman is almost too good to be true but he does have a few of his own issues.I figured out the "secret" fairly early but didn't go on to deduce the bad guy.  Actually, there was a second secret which I didn't guess. A Merciful Secret has plenty of secrets, action and suspense over who lives and who dies. The balance between the life or death suspense with the people's relationships make it interesting with two different levels of action blended.A Merciful Silence is projected for June 2018 and I'll be looking forward to reading. There will likely be a new case, with continuing growth for the characters' personal lives and relationships. 
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    (Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book) A Merciful Secret by author Kendra Elliot, (Mercy Kilpatrick, 3) Is fast-paced and grabs the reader from the beginning scene. This is the first book I have read by this author and it will not be my last, In fact, I have already added more books by this author to my reading library.I enjoy the tenacity and strong will of the character of Mercy Kilpatrick. Mercy is a special agent with the FBI. Her tendencies for (Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book) A Merciful Secret by author Kendra Elliot, (Mercy Kilpatrick, 3) Is fast-paced and grabs the reader from the beginning scene. This is the first book I have read by this author and it will not be my last, In fact, I have already added more books by this author to my reading library.I enjoy the tenacity and strong will of the character of Mercy Kilpatrick. Mercy is a special agent with the FBI. Her tendencies for privacy is the reason she is on a snowy and bleak country road after midnight. Mercy was raised by modern-day survivalists and has a cabin hidden deep in the woods where she goes on her days off. The private cabin anchors her to the teachings of her childhood to be able to live off the grid and survive on her own in the possibility of a local or national catastrophe. She was returning from the cabin and sees a small girl running into the road needing help. Mercy follows the girl deeper into the woods and discovers a grisly scene in the little house. The girl's grandmother has been slashed severely with a knife and dies while Mercy tries to offer help and comfort. Little Morrigan says her mother is away but will be coming back soon. The mystery deepens when a federal judge is slashed to his death in the same night, not too far from where the grandmother lived.I won't post spoilers, but this is a very good suspense thriller which is written with good characters, a good plot, and also with heart. I am HOOKED!(*Some Strong Language)
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  • Sonia Cristina
    January 1, 1970
    Ora, Mercy e Truman estão de volta. Gosto muito destes dois, como casal são muito fofos. Como agentes da autoridade são bem espertos e trabalham bem juntos.Foi espetacular que Ava McLane e Michael Brody também entrassem neste livro, adoro rever personagens e quando são de séries diferentes, melhor ainda.Mas a personagem que mais me impressionou foi mesmo Salome. (view spoiler)[Mulher corajosa, não é? Mas que vida triste ela tem vivido, sempre com medo que o pai (que, afinal, não o é) saia da pri Ora, Mercy e Truman estão de volta. Gosto muito destes dois, como casal são muito fofos. Como agentes da autoridade são bem espertos e trabalham bem juntos.Foi espetacular que Ava McLane e Michael Brody também entrassem neste livro, adoro rever personagens e quando são de séries diferentes, melhor ainda.Mas a personagem que mais me impressionou foi mesmo Salome. (view spoiler)[Mulher corajosa, não é? Mas que vida triste ela tem vivido, sempre com medo que o pai (que, afinal, não o é) saia da prisão e cumpra a promessa de a matar e aos filhos dela, que só tem (ainda) a Morrigan. Andei ali a patinar com a paternidade da Salome (desconfiei cedo que o Juiz era pai dela) e da Morrigan (pensei que Gabriel fosse o pai) mas se Salome fosse filha do juiz, isso faria dela irmã do Gabriel, logo a Morrigan era resultado de uma relação incestuosa, mas depois veio aquele capítulo em que Salome revela não ser a mãe biológica da Morrigan e a coisa ficou melhor. Aquela parte final, quando Gabriel os tenta matar na cabana de Mercy, foi cá uma cena cheia de tensão. Coitada da Mercy, ficou sem a cabana... (hide spoiler)]Mais uma vez senti-me fascinada com as informações sobre os preppers, sendo Mercy a personagem que aqui mais revela sobre esse "mundo". Estas pessoas devem viver uma vida muito tumultuosa, sempre em constante preocupação.
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