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No Mercy

(Ellery Hathaway #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  913 ratings  ·  295 reviews

Police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed Markham take on two difficult new cases in this stunning follow-up to The Vanishing Season.

No Mercy is award-winning author Joanna Schaffhausen’s heart-pounding second novel.

Police officer Ellery Hathaway is on involuntary leave from her job because she shot a murderer in cold blood and refuses to apologize for it.

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
⭐️ 4 WOOT! I found a new series to LOVE stars! ❤️

Ellery Hathaway has a tendency to run head first into trouble. Once a victim of a sadistic serial killer who abducted her and held her hostage she is now a champion of victims. Only problem is she is currently on mandated leave from her job in law enforcement after shooting a murderer. Of course, that doesn't stop her from delving in to help those in need.

As part of her suspension Ellery must attend therapy sessions. As part of her therapy s
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
I am so happy to have a new series to enjoy!
This is book 2 of the Ellery Hathaway series, but no worries if you want to jump right in! It easily stands on its own! Joanna Schaffhausen cleverly gives enough detailed background that will make it possible to put you into the middle of the action.

Ellery has seen more than her fair share of horror. Remarkably, she’s survived a serial killers’ attempts on her life. On not one, but two separate occasions!
She is currently on leave from the police
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read the first in the series The Vanishing Season and loved it! Of course, I had to get my hands on the second in the series and Ellery she never disappoints ;).

First off, can I just saw how much I love Ellery's dog Speed Bump?! Ugh... my heart <3.

Ellery Hathaway has been suspended from her job as a cop due to killing a vile man that was a psychopath. Hathaway has quite the childhood trauma herself from being targeted by a serial killer that now sits on death row for targeting her as child an
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading No Mercy on 10/7/2018 and finished it on 10/16/2018. This book is a fantastic read! The plot is intriguing and I just couldn’t get enough of the main characters’ working relationship, their sharp tongue at each other and at interrogations is exhilarating. I like Ellery’s dog, Speed Bump’s role in both books. It’s been almost a year since I read the first book and I’m glad that the author brings back snippets of what happened scattering around in this book. I like how Ellery con ...more
No Mercy is another fine offering in the Ellery Hathaway series. Police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed Markham are back, in this second book in the series. Ellery is living in an apartment in Boston, away from her job, having to attend group therapy due to shooting a serial killer, in cold blood, last summer, and not apologizing for doing so. She immediately begins looking into the cases of two women in her victims therapy group and asks Reed for his help, because his expertise an ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
No Mercy by Joanna Schaffhausen is the second book of the thrilling Ellery Hathaway series. This series follows Ellery Hathaway who is now a police officer but Ellery wasn’t her original name, she changed and became the person she is today thanks to once being the victim herself.

Years ago Ellery Hathaway became victim number seventeen of serial killer Francis Michael Coben when she was abducted and held captive. Ellery was lucky enough that FBI Agent Reed Markham saw something other investigator
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
I really enjoyed The Vanishing Season and loved Ellery and I enjoyed No Mercy but it wasn't as creepy or as suspenseful for me but the tension in the story had me at the edge of my seat.

Joanna Schaffhausen does a good job developing our strong and interesting yet flawed character here with Ellery. I loved the dynamics even more here between Ellery and Reed. I can't believe I am going to say this but the romantic tension between them had me turning those pages as fast as I could to see more of t
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars for an entertaining mystery/thriller. This is book 2 in the series and I have previously read book 1, The Vanishing Season . I enjoyed that one also and decided to continue reading this series. Ellery Hathaway was abducted when she was 14 by a serial rapist/murderer. She was rescued by FBI agent Reed Markham. She is now required to attend group therapy sessions for people who experienced violent crime. The crime in this case happened in book 1, and I cannot explain more without a spoiler ...more
Maureen Carden
No Mercy is the type of book I try not to read anymore; a crazed killer, a damaged heroine, and a slight will they/ won’t they subplot. Except when the book is written by Joanna Schaffhausen. Then I am on the hunt for the book.
Evidently you can’t shoot a crazed killer in cold blood. Especially you can’t pull that trigger if you are a cop. Even if you are Ellery Hathaway, the only survivor of the serial killer that the most recent dead serial killer is emulating. Confused? Then read The Vanishin
So she killed a guy. Hellooo..…he was a vile, psychopathic murdering dirtbag. Why all the fuss? Well, it might be due to the fact she’s a cop. But it’s probably because she’s Ellery Hathaway.

At least that’s what she calls herself now. She had a different name as a young teen. That’s when she was abducted & kept in a closet by a man who now sits on death row. Of all the girls he snatched she was the only one rescued & the media attention was endless. In time the damaged girl grew up, changed her
Susanne  Strong
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.85 Stars.

Ellery Hathaway has a tendency to run towards trouble instead of running from it. When she was young, she was the 17th victim of Serial Killer Francis Coben. She was the only survivor, thanks to FBI Agent Reed Markham. After that, she became a Cop - though she is currently on suspension - due to killing a serial killer (sounds crazy right?). Now she’s in mandated therapy hoping to get her job back. In group, she meets likeminded people who’ve also survived violent crimes. Hearing thei
Bring on book #3!

Second in her mystery-crime series, NO MERCY, Joanna Schaffhausen brings back the tough-skinned Officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed well as Speed Bump the dog.

Everyone knows Ellery....or at least the story of her well publicized and disturbing past, but for now she is supposedly off the streets, suspended for shooting a murderer and being "shrinked up" along with a group of others who have experienced violent crime.

But Ellie's quick-witted investigati

Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Occasionally a book is so well written that anything they write will hit your TO READ SHELF. Joanna Schaffhausen's Ellery Hathaway series wins on all fronts. Love Ellery and Reed and the romantic tension that has been going on. (Hope that blooms so relief is felt by all) Ellery's childhood still holds terror for her but her hero and now friend Reed seems to sooth her. A Couple unsolved crimes come to the attention of Ellery while in a group therapy session. Challenges to unravel these are due to ...more
Lori Lamothe
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
“You kill one guy, one time, and suddenly everybody thinks you need therapy.”

So thinks Ellery Hathaway as she heads to Mass General Hospital for her first Survivors of Violent Crime meeting. She isn't a fan of therapy, or groups, but she doesn't have a choice—not if she wants her job as a cop back after shooting a murderer. As a teenager, Ellery managed to escape from a serial killer with the help of FBI profiler Reed Markham. But she hasn't escaped the memories of what Francis Coben did to her
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
After reading the fantastic THE VANISHING SEASON, I was eager to get my hands on the sequel, NO MERCY. I was not disappointed!

Police officer Ellery Hathaway is now on involuntary leave because she shot a murderer at the end of the last book. The public also knows that she once was the single living survivor of a serial killer, which makes her something of a curiosity. Ellery hates this unwanted attention, as well as being required to attend group therapy for victims of violent crimes. All of thi
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, series
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars
Here I go again.....adding another series to the bulging bookshelf and I am not even sorry. Although this was book 2, the author sheds enough light on Ellery and Reed's backstories that it makes a good stand alone. Both characters are pretty damaged and yet together they make a fantastic team as they try to look into an arson case and a rape case. Neither of these cases were connected except that
Mandy White
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
No Mercy by Joanna Schaffhausen is th follow up to the fantastic Vanishing Season featuring police officer Ellery Hathaway. I read the first book earlier this year and I am a bit behind in my review for this one. Once I picked this up I couldn't put it down, reading it quite quickly. The story is fast paced and full of action, keeping my interest all the way.

After the explosive events of The Vanishing Season Ellery is on forced leave to recover, both physically and mentally. If she has any chan
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Mercy is the second novel in the Ellery Hathaway series featuring the feisty policewoman alongside FBI profiler Reed Markham and for all intents and purposes it's a fantastic follow-up to The Vanishing Season. The writing pulls you in very early on and the action moved at a speedy pace making it difficult to put the book down. The plot is well crafted with many surprising twists and turns which helped me to race through it. It's important to mention that this novel doesn't stand well on its o ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for granting my wish to read an electronic review copy of this recently published book and introducing me to author Joanne Schaffhausen. This was a quick dark read with several interesting subplots surrounding law enforcement officer Ellery Hathaway while she is attending a required group for victims of violent crime. My only regret is that I didn’t read the first book in the series, Vanishing Season, first before reading this one. I am now very invested in the chara ...more
Picking up after the harrowing events of book one, NO MERCY finds Officer Ellery Hathaway on leave. She's going to mandated therapy, attending a group for victims of violent crime. This isn't exactly Ellery's "cup of tea," as she's not one for sharing her feelings. In group, she meets Myra, a victim of a deadly fire years ago that killed her young son. Ellery quickly gets caught up in Myra's case and becomes convinced that the wrong man--who is up for parole--was convicted of the crime. Another ...more
Schizanthus Nerd
Content warnings include sexual assault and family violence.

I fell in love with Bump immediately in The Vanishing Season and now he’s back, shedding fur throughout the pages of No Mercy. Ellery and Reed are back, too. After the events of the first book (you could read this book as a standalone but I’d highly recommend reading them in order) Ellery has been suspended from her job and forced into group therapy with other survivors of violent crimes.

Because this is Ellery she’s not so interested i
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Years ago Ellery Hathaway was the seventeenth victim of serial killer Francis Michael Coben . FBI Agent Reed Markham managed to rescue Ellery and years later helped her solve another case. As a result of the case she is currently on leave from the police department while she completes her department-mandated therapy where she meets Wendy who was brutally raped and Myra who is confined to a wheelchair, covered in severe burns. Can Ellery help find Wendy’s rapist and find enough reasons to keep My ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, suspense
4.5 stars

No Mercy is the second book in Ellery Hathaway series and is best enjoyed after reading the first book, The Vanishing Season. In No Mercy, Ellery is on involuntary leave and is forced to attend group therapy sessions in order to keep her police job. At the group therapy she meets other victims of violent crimes. With the help of an FBI agent and her only friend, Reed Markham, she starts to investigate two different crimes, an unsolved brutal rape of a young woman and 26 years-old deadly
Bam cooks the books ;-)
In book two in the Ellery Hathaway series, Ellery is on suspension from the police department after a shooting death and needs to attend group therapy sessions to prove she has recovered from the trauma she has lived through. At the meetings, she meets two women and becomes involved in their cases, even calling in FBI agent Reed Markham once again to help. Ellery seems willing to risk her life for these women in pursuit of the truth and in doing so, reveals some of her own psychological damage. ...more
Now I can't wait until book three!

Ellery had a reckless bordering on TSTL episode, but she knew it right away, and then felt bad about it, so there is that.

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Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Forced to take an involuntary leave for killing a monster, Ellery must go into group therapy for victims of violent crimes. She finds herself being asked to help a rape victim by capturing the brutal animal. She turns, once again, to the one man she believes can help her, FBI agent, Reed Markham. The problem? Both of them could lose their jobs or their lives.

NO MERCY by Joanna Schaffhausen is just as gritty and dark, just as twisted as her first book, yet she has brilliantly given enough backgro
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Joanna Schaffhausen Fans, Mystery-Thriller
4 Had Me At Hello Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
I was lucky enough to have read the first book, The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen. I read it in a fury to get it all, engrossed throughout.

Now we have another strong entry with the returning characters of Police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed Markham coming back together to see what is what with two different cases they find themselves drawn to...

Emily is on involuntary leave...note involuntary from her job. She killed a murder
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great follow-up to The Vanishing Season by promising new author Joanna Schaffenhausen. It starts shortly after the ending of the previous book. Ellery Hathaway is on enforced leave following the shooting where she killed the man terrorising her and in so doing also saved Reed’s life. She moves back to Boston and must attend counselling, including group therapy for victims, as part of the conditions to be considered fit for duty as a police officer.

Ellery hates being seen as a victim a
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
No Mercy is the 2nd book in the Ellery Hathaway series. I recommend reading the first book prior to reading this one.

The book was ok for me. There is a lot going on. Police officer Ellery Hathaway is on involuntary leave from her job because she shot a murderer in cold blood. She is forced to see a psychiatrist to see if she is capable to return back to work. Her doctor ordered her to go to group meetings for survivors of violent crime. There, she meets Wendy, a rape survivor, and Myra, who sur
Liz Barnsley
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was a HUGE fan of The Vanishing Season and it’s damaged, determined young main protagonist Ellery – the one who lived.
So I was very pleased to enter her world once more and No Mercy is an atmospheric, beautifully done page turner of a novel which I read in short order, the addictive quality of it demanded nothing less.
Ellery is on leave and may not have a job to return to- part of her penance for the events of The Vanishing Season is to attend group therapy for those who have suffered violent
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