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A Merciful Truth

(Mercy Kilpatrick #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  12,250 ratings  ·  517 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
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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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Theresa Alan
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
Linda Strong
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
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
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cops, ku, mystery
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
John W.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
☕ Kimberly
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bea  Charmed
Lots of family secrets and drama. The pace dragged a bit about 2/3 of the way in then picked up again.
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
Kylie H
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book by Elliot. I think I've had my fill of preppers now.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa Borsey
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Excellent story from beginning to end! I absolutely love this series! Highly recommend for the great characters, drama, action and suspense!
A Merciful Truth improves upon its predecessor with an even more interesting mystery and great character development for the main cast.

After taking down a killer targeting preppers in Eagle’s Nest, Oregon, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick relocates to an FBI office closer to her hometown in hopes of reconnecting with her family as well as exploring the possibility of a relationship with Police Chief Truman Daly. After a series of fires causes chaos in town, Mercy is called in when the arsonist escalat
Debbie Oxier
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I'm not a big fan of survivalist themes so the only reason I am reading this series is because of the author writing it. I've read everything she's written in the past and enjoyed it so I'm trying to be objective here.

Mercy Kilpatrick came from a family of survivalists. Her parents were avid preppers and anti-government and her father expected his family to follow in his footsteps, which is why Mercy and her siblings could have taught a class in it they were so well trained. Thi
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
A Merciful Truth is the second book in the Mercy Kilpatrick Series by Kendra Elliot. I read the first book, A Merciful Death, so I was very familiar with the heroine and her supporting cast. I would still consider this a standalone because Kendra makes it a point to explain how everyone is connected. I was really impressed with the first book and was not disappointed with this one. Although, I will say that there is one part of the storyline regarding Mercy’s estranged family that I feel may be ...more

I was extremely disappointed with this installment! When I left the first book in the series, I was conflicted and on the fence about continuing, so when I found this on Net Galley, I was a bit excited and hesitant at the same time. I knew
Erin Burns
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.

I didn't think it was possible, but I find that I may just enjoy this series even more than the Callahan & McLane series, and that is saying something. There is something just so fantastically comforting and soothing about stepping into a world where adults are ADULTING. I know, it is weird right, but nowadays I tend to find myself doing some mental gymnas
A Merciful Truth is book two in the Mercy Kilpatrick series by Kendra Elliot. Police Chief Truman Daly arrived at another fire when shots run out, and two law enforcement officers died. On hearing this Special Agent Mercy Kilpatrick rush to the scene. The readers of A Merciful Truth will go on a rollercoaster ride with Special Agent Mercy Kilpatrick and Police Chief Truman Daly to find the killer of two law enforcement officers and the serial arsonist.

I fell in love with this series after readin
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Questa serie si conferma vincente! Bella la trama: l'autrice riesce a mantenere la suspence anche quando la soluzione del giallo appare lampante, senza parlare del colpo di scena finale che mi ha fatto quasi dimenticare che avevo azzeccato il colpevole praticamente subito.
Mercy mi piace sempre di più e Truman è l'uomo ideale (a parte il nome...).
Ora mi tocca aspettare gennaio per il prossimo libro, sigh....
You can find this review in English below.

Este es el segundo libro de la serie Mercy Kilpatrick y no es una buena idea leerlos fuera de orden porque te perderías detalles muy importantes del romance y sobre los personajes. Aunque el suspense es diferente en cada libro, se necesita el libro anterior que es dónde se sientan los precedentes.

Aclarado esto, decir que la serie está muy bien. Es muy interesante y sobre todo original. Cómo ya me pasó con el libro anterior, me sigue fascinando esa forma
Book Him Danno
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Kendra Elliot takes readers on a emotionally charge Mystery that will keep readers engaged from first to last page.
A Merciful Truth is the second book in a series and while it is only book 2 a lot of things happened in book 1 that some readers might be lost but Kendra tries hard to update readers throughout the book.
Mercy has a hard background that causes her not to trust as well as fear not being able to take care of herself. Lincoln has fallen head over heels with Mercy but he is wa
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