Mercy and Truman are back in the next exciting installment of the Mercy Kilpatrick series.
Truman Daly is investigating a series of Arson attacks which bring on bad memories from his past. When a couple of his deputies are killed during one such attack the FBI are brought in to assist. Mercy Kilpatrick leads the investigation into the murders and working alongside her boyfriend, Truman, they uncover the works of a possible militia group formed under the guise of preppers.
Mercy’s character is great and I love how she is determined to stay independent but also desperately wants to be loved by Truman, Kaylie and the rest of her family. Although she does not fully follow in her family’s way of life she has never been able to give up on the prepper life completely. Truman is definitely one of the good guys and is so perfect for Mercy. He loves her completely but knows he cannot push her. He embraces her way of life and her family. He loves how she has taken on Kaylie and watches the struggle into forced motherhood that she has taken, but will only intervene when Mercy really needs him.
This story, like the first, had a very unexpected ending. There are lots of secrets being held in this small town of Eagle’s Nest, in particularly within the Kilpatrick household, but bit by bit they are being uncovered. Mercy is becoming more accepted by members of her family, although one of them is still very reluctant.
Engaging and exciting. I really enjoyed this story from start to finish.
Some violence and strong language. No intimate sexual scenes.
Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Teri Schnaubelt.
Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick can take on any challenge—even the hostile reception to her homecoming. But she’s not the only one causing chaos in the rural community of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. At first believed to be teenage pranks, a series of fires takes a deadly turn with the murder of two sheriff’s deputies. Now, along with Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy is on the hunt for an arsonist turned killer.
Still shunned by her family and members of the community, Mercy must keep her ear close to the ground to pick up any leads. And it’s not long before she hears rumors of the area’s growing antigovernment militia movement. If the arsonist is among their ranks, Mercy is determined to smoke the culprit out. But when her investigation uncovers a shocking secret, will this hunt for a madman turn into her own trial by fire?