FBI Mercy Kilpatrick and her temporarily assigned partner are dispatched to Eagle’s Nest, Oregon to investigate a series of deaths involving survivalists and weapons. Unknown to most of her colleagues, this is the hometown Mercy left 15 years ago after being shunned by her family for reasons unknown. And, her parents are “preppers,” too, the term given to survivalists who live their lives preparing for doomsday type events. She was raised in this atmosphere and mindset but hasn’t shed all she learned growing up. Police Chief Truman Daly teams with the FBI to investigate these cases, one of them close to his heart as his uncle was one of the brutalized victims.
I’ve had this series on my shelf for almost two years and agreed to read it after it was selected as a group read in one of my Goodreads groups. So, I began listening without reading the synopsis. The term “preppers” is a new one for me as I’d put the people who consider themselves as such under one umbrella, calling them survivalists. I gained a lot of insight here about how they operate and their cult-like nature. I won’t pretend that I understand the “why” any better but at least get how they are able to perpetuate the behaviors.
While I was interested in the investigation of the murders, I was much more intrigued by the mystery surrounding Mercy’s reasons for leaving her family and home. It proved to be the more compelling aspect of the story and eventually connects with the murders. The beginning moved more slowly for me until the focus shifted and things got very exciting. The second half moved rapidly and was hard to put down, too. Of course, there’s also a developing relationship between Mercy and Truman to keep things interesting. It’s subtle and doesn’t get in the way of the mystery elements but enough romance for me. The narrator was very good, handling an assortment of challenging characters extremely well. I’m glad I’ve got the audiobooks for the next four books because it was a great listening experience. I enjoyed this start to the series and am looking forward to the next stories.
- Release Date: January 17, 2017
- Series: Mercy Kilpatrick #1
- Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt
- Audio Length: 10 hours, 36 minutes
- Publisher: Brillance Audio