Author: Lori Armstrong
Article Type: Book Review
About the Book: Mercy Gunderson is thrown into her first FBI murder case, working with the tribal police on the Eagle River Reservation, where the victim is the teenaged niece of the recently elected tribal president. When another gruesome killing occurs during the early stages of the investigation, Mercy and fellow FBI agent Shay Turnbull are at odds about whether the crimes are connected.
Mercy can’t discuss her reservations about the baffling cases with her live-in boyfriend, Eagle River County Sheriff Mason Dawson, due to job confidentiality, and the couple’s home on the ranch descends into chaos when Dawson’s eleven-year-old-son Lex is sent to live with them. While hidden political agendas and old family vendettas turn ugly, masking motives and causing a rift among the tribal police, the tribal council, and the FBI, Mercy realizes that the deranged killer is still at large—and is playing a dangerous game with his sights set on Mercy as his next victim.
Torn between her duty to the FBI and her duties to those she loves, Mercy must unleash the cold, dark, merciless killer inside her and become the predator, rather than the prey
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25
First Thought When Finished: Dang! I need to read the first 2 in this series if they are as good as this one 🙂
Story Talk: I will admit that I have special place in my heart for series that deal with Reservations and Native Americans (Craig Johnson’s Longmire is one of my favs). Lori Armstrong did such a wonderful job weaving a very strong story with all the elements that make me squeee! There was mistrust, strong alliances, tons of politics, roadblocks, lots of love, and a great mystery made more complicated by everything I just mentioned. I was totally wrapped up in the story and didn’t figure out who the perp was for a very long time.
Character Talk: Mercy is complicated, strong, smart, pig-headed, and just a delight to read. Every one of the characters that she interacted with were equally strong. I loved her family, coworkers, home life, and friends. Each of these people made Mercy a very flushed out character. I felt like I got to know her pretty well even though I came into the series late!
Final Thought: I was not aware this was part of a series when I requested it for review. I never felt lost and feel this can be read as a stand alone. That being said, I know I have the other two on my radar now because the story was that good.