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FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land—and off the grid—in rural Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event. But the crime scene details are eerily familiar to an unsolved mystery from Mercy’s past.
Sent by the FBI to assist local law enforcement, Mercy returns to Eagle’s Nest to face the family who shunned her while maintaining the facade of a law-abiding citizen. There, she meets police chief Truman Daly, whose uncle was the cave man’s latest victim. He sees the survivalist side of her that she desperately tries to hide, but if she lets him get close enough to learn her secret, she might not survive the fallout…
“In the debut of her new Mercy Kilpatrick series, Elliot crafts an eerily fascinating small town. An air of menace is palpable throughout the story, and the characters hide a wealth of secrets and twisted loyalties.” —RT Book Reviews
“Elliot is a master of romantic suspense, and her latest sets a rural community of preppers (people preparing for disaster) in the sights of a killer. Elliot expertly interweaves the current murders with the damage that past crimes have done to Mercy and Truman’s souls, and she lays out convincing tracks to a number of possible culprits in Eagle’s Nest. Fascinating details about prepper lifestyle give extra flavor to this mystery, adding to its memorability.” —Adrian Liang, Amazon Book Review
Top customer reviews
FBI Special Agent Mercy Kilpatrick and her partner are called in to the small town of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon in central Oregon to help investigate the murder of an elderly prepper – someone who spends their time preparing for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it).
Mercy knows this lifestyle because she was raised in it and actually grew up in Eagle’s Nest. She left after being shunned by her family and hasn’t been home in 15 years.
Police Chief Truman Daly likes his job in Eagle’s Nest after being a police officer in a large city in California but it was his uncle who was killed and he wants some answers.
I enjoyed this start to a new series that takes place in central Oregon near the town of Bend. The author actually wrote about an area that she seems to know pretty thoroughly and it helps the story. I’ve been to the Bend area many times and the author was spot on in her descriptions of the locale and actually of a lot of the people that live near there.
I liked the main protagonists – Mercy and Truman – and I enjoyed the details on the serious prepper’s lifestyle. The plotline was a bit loose at times but it all pulled together in the end.
I’m reading the second book in this series next – A MERCIFUL TRUTH – and am looking forward to reading more about this strong female protagonist.