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A Merciful Truth

(Mercy Kilpatrick #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  24,600 ratings  ·  743 reviews
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 T ...more
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Montlake Romance
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May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio

Oh, this is just what I needed! Another series that I love and have to add to my list of must reads. In this, the second book in the series, what starts as some minor fires quickly turns into full out arson and two deputies are killed. This brings in the FBI, with Mercy Kirkpatrick being the main agent investigating the crimes.

I just really like Mercy and her backstory. Born to a family of preppers, but shunned by them since her late teens, she hasn’t been able to shed herself of the ideas she
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Good story,

Great characters, it goes from lowest of low of humanity to all the way up. FBI agent Mercy has a steel armor around her, but finally breaking down. If you read many books written by this author, you'll guess the ending.
Plot is about one man trying to build militia group, paranoid, isolated and wary of government. Will keep you you reading.
It’s been two months since FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick’ s return to her hometown of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon and she’s adjusting to her relocation to the bureau’s Bend office. Additionally, she’s taken in her 17-year old niece, Kaylie, and is in a relationship with Police Chief Truman Daly. She and local law enforcement are responding to several nuisance fires, thinking they are the handiwork of area teens until it escalates and two deputy sheriffs are murdered. The investigation takes an ominous tur ...more
Theresa Alan
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a decent mystery. I hadn’t read the first book in the series, but the author caught me up quickly enough. FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick relocates to Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. Her boyfriend is police chief Truman Daly.

She was raised by a family of survivalists, most of whom shun her for becoming an FBI agent. There is a strong community of folks who do not like the government, including cops. When a series of fires breaks out and three people are dead, Mercy and Truman have to figure out who is
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
CD {Boulder Blvd}
I really liked Ms. Elliot's first book in this series, A Merciful Death and couldn't wait to get my hands on book #2, A Merciful Truth. The Story line and the characters in this series feels fresh and new and not your run of the mill romantic suspense. For romance lovers, there is probably not enough romance. However, I prefer suspense with a dash of romance so for me it's a perfect fit.

Initially I though the book started a little slow as it reintroduced the characters from the 1st book, their r
Linda Strong
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick, having moved to Eagle's Nest, Oregon to be close to Police Chief Truman Daly is facing a dangerous arsonist turned killer.

Small fires have been set, generally thought to be by teenagers. Up until now, it's only been arson .... but since the fire starter has now killed two cops at one site, Mercy and Truman are looking for a murderer. And then another body is found at another fire .. only no one knows who this man is or why he is there.

Mercy is still considered an outs
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
FBI Agent Mercy Fitzpatrick has returned to her hometown of Eagle's Nest, Oregon to a chilly reception from her family. Mercy's family members are survivalists who believe in living off the land and being prepared for disaster. Not all of her siblings are speaking to her while others have welcomed her back with open arms. On top of being an FBI agent, Mercy is also raising her deceased brother's teenage daughter.

A series of fires have been set around the rural community and Mercy gets involved
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle-own, suspense
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review

After reading A Merciful Death, I didn't know how I'd wait for this book. I had really hoped the slow simmer romance between Mercy and Truman would heat up to a boil in this book, but if you are looking for a scorched page romance, you'll need to read another book. Mercy and Truman are hooked up, but the author is keeping the juicy details private. What you get is a suspense tha
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fires originally mistaken as teenage pranks turn deadly and police officers lose their lives. The FBI assigns a team to investigate the murders in Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. Mercy along with Police Chief Truman Daly are hunting for the arsonist turned killer. The closer Mercy gets to the truth, the deadlier the hunt becomes.

Mercy was raised in a survivalist family until a disagreement led to her father and family shunning her. Since transferring to Bend she is beginning the process of reconnecting wi
4.5 Stars

Really good! Loving this series.
John W.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kendra Elliot’s A MERCIFUL TRUTH delivers an intriguing mystery storyline focusing on with issues of trust, family relationships, and romance. Elliot’s protagonists FBI Special Agent, Mercy Kilpatrick and Truman Daly, Chief of Police of the Eagle’s Nest Police Department join forces to investigate a case of involving fires set by and serial arsonist that has escalates when two responding deputy sheriffs’ are shot and die at the scene. Elliot provides her readers with backstories for Mercy and Tr ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cops, ku
I have real issues with this series. The main character is a former anti-government survivalist turned FBI agent. Her misogynist father and patriarchal family abandoned her at 18. Yet the FBI first sends, then reassigns her to the area.

Most of the town resents any and all Law enforcement and as closed and secretive. Much of Mercy's family won't talk to her. But she is now the guardian for her 17 year old niece. Most of the women in the story need a good consciousness raising to learn that it is
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
I received a copy of A Merciful Truth from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Merciful Truth is the second book in Kendra Elliot’s Mercy Kilpatrick series. While I really enjoyed the first book in the series, A Merciful Death, I found the sophomore entry to be less engaging. Following the events in book one, Mercy, an FBI agent, and her young partner, Eddie Peterson, have been transferred to the FBI office in Bend, Oregon. The move puts her closer to her estranged family and to the man
Thank you, Luli, for introducing me to Kendra Elliot.

Survivalism, arson and murder are the main themes of A Merciful Truth. After finishing A Merciful Death, I recommend following the series and not attempt this story as a standalone. I enjoyed A Merciful Death but I really, really liked A Merciful Truth. This is why I read RS and suspenseful-thrillers. Though to be honest, it was heavier on the suspense with the romance taking a backseat at times.

I didn’t mind.

We see more of Mercy and Truman
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A MERCIFUL TRUTH (Mercy Kilpatrick #2) by Kendra Elliot is the newest book in this continuing romantic suspense/mystery/suspense series. I have been looking forward to reading more about Mercy!

FBI Special Agent Mercy Kilpatrick and her partner, Eddie have transferred to the Bend FBI field office. Eddie likes the wilderness of central Oregon over Portland and Mercy wants to be closer to Truman and her family. Mercy is getting closer to her sisters and mother, but her father and brother blame her
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Kendra Elliot!

Loved this book, loved the suspense and the intrigue, and the undercurrent of romance between Truman and Mercy. Absolutely loved them!
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A series of arson fires in Eagle's Next has Police Chief Truman Daly worried. In the past weeks a car and a couple of sheds have been set on fire. Truman believes it may be a group of teens up to mischief until a barn fire leaves two deputies dead. FBI Special Agent Mercy Kilpatrick has recently moved back to Eagle's Nest to be close to Truman and to work on her strained relationship with her family. She is assigned to investigate the deputies' murders. Another fire yields yet another body. Whil ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot is book 2 in the Mercy Kilpatrick and Truman Daly series.
This series is definitely a fast read so far you can read one a day (or that's because I'm on lock down and have all the time in the world at the moment 🤦) but its definitely an easy, pacy read the story line is one of those that you can believe in happening.
Mercy and Truman have to investigate some local fires and the killing of 3 people and that's where the twists begin, nothing is what it would seem 😏
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
3.5 Better than the first. However, there were still a lot of problems. Questions weren't asked that even a passable cop would. It made Mercy and Truman appear incompetent at times. Ben the cop, I think his name was, walked into danger so easily after cops had been shot the night before. It was so obvious. Are the cops in that town that stupid? Kade thinks there are illegal activities and he goes there alone. Another stupid move. All of these were written to further the plot but come off as amat ...more
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
A fantastic addition to an awesome series! I've switched to audio in this series and am loving it! I hope to return with a full review but meantime...I highly recommend this book & series. ...more
After the heart-pounding and electrifying first book in the series, I was eager to continue the suspenseful stories of FBI Agent, Mercy Kilpatrick and local police chief, Truman Daly. Mercy is back in her hometown and slowly making in roads with her estranged prepper family while Truman is taking baby steps trying for a deepening relationship with the skittish Mercy. But, mysterious fires, trouble-hunting local kids, and a powerful local group who may be stockpiling dynamite for something big ha ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I am really enjoying my Kindle Unlimited Subscription, especially with these read and listen books. I am enjoying the narration of this series by Teri Schnaubelt. She is a great narrator and does a good job with the voices in this story. In this addition to the series, the book starts off with a bang. There have been some small fires in the town, so when the barn fire is called in there is not a big concern until two deputies get killed. This brings in the FBI, with Mercy Kirkpatrick being the m ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book picks up where the first book left off. Mercy Kilpatrick is an FBI and a "prepper" - survivalist awaiting for TEOFTWAWKI! Shunned by the males in her family, but prepared to win them back as long as it takes. Mercy teams up with Sheriff Truman (her love interest as well) to solve this murder mystery.

A firebug is lose in Eagle's Nest, Oregon and the bug is also a murderer!

Fairly fast paced and a good read over all. A few red herrings, twists and turns, and a surprise (at least to me, al
Anne - Books of My Heart
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, coyer-previous, own
I liked this. I remembered the characters and the world very well from the first book. I only vaguely remembered the mystery/ homicide case.

I like the main character Mercy. She's smart and careful rather than stupid. Although thinking she knows people because they are like her family - preppers - she gets herself into a bit of trouble. The villain was clear throughout this story and the twists were more on her personal life. It was good and I like the character growth.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I did not enjoy reading about a militia of misogynistic white assholes and none of the rest of the story made up for it.

But I am glad Mercy has made some strides with her family/community and will give further stories a try.
2.75 stars.

The relationship that Mercy had with some of her family was downright depressing, but the rest of this story was enjoyable. From the mystery to the tender romance between the MCs, I liked this quite a bit. The mystery wasn't all that mysterious necessarily, but it was interesting nonetheless. Even though the whole prepper/anti-Big Brother/free man society isn't my favourite theme, I'm looking forward to continuing on with this series.
Lots of family secrets and drama. The pace dragged a bit about 2/3 of the way in then picked up again.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good book by Elliot. I think I've had my fill of preppers now. ...more
Kylie H
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
This is the second book in this series and I did not enjoy it nearly as much as the first novel. This one tends to drift into being over sentimental and quite corny in parts. It reached the point that if I read the phrase 'it warmed her heart' one more time I was going to scream.
Once again the story is set in central Oregan in a remote township surrounded by 'preppers'. Someone is setting fires and when two police officers are shot at the scene the FBI become involved. Mercy Kilpatrick is grew u
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An Amazon #1 selling author, Kendra Elliot has sold over 8 Million books and been on the WSJ best seller list eleven times.

She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her family and three cats. She's fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and dreams of living every day in flip flops.



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Mercy Kilpatrick (6 books)
  • A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick, #1)
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