Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads
Series: Fatal Truth #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 4th 2017
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First in a chilling new paranormal romantic suspense series from award-winning author Abbie Roads
He's found her at lastCain Killion knows himself to be a damaged man, his only saving grace the extrasensory connection to blood that he uses to catch murderers. His latest case takes a macabre turn when he discovers a familiar and haunting symbol linking the crime to his own horrific past-and only one woman could know what it means.
Only to lose her to a nightmareMercy Ledger is brave, resilient, beautiful-and in terrible danger. The moment he sees Mercy, Cain knows he's the one who can save her. He also knows he's beyond redemption. But the lines between good and evil blur and the only thing clear to Cain and Mercy is that they belong together. Love is the antidote for blood-but is their bond strong enough to overcome the evil that stalks them?
Praise for Race the Darkness (Fatal Dreams #1): "Spine-tingling..." -RT Book Reviews "Roads blends high-action romantic suspense with the paranormal to tell a love story." -Booklist
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Hoooo boy! I’m not sure how Ms. Roads does it, but I’m still amazed by her capacity to write the most heartfelt, innocent and beautiful love stories woven into the darkest, most twisted, disturbingly gory plot lines.
I’m not entirely sure how to classify Saving Mercy. It is definitely a paranormal suspense and has some dark aspects. The amount of blood and gore almost makes me want to say horror too.
Cain and Mercy share a traumatic past, while not exactly the same, the horrors they’ve survived have one link in common. One that not only has been haunting them ever since, but that resulted in them developing some type of psychic abilities.
Cain reminded me a bit of Dexter Morgan, he has a love/hate relationship with blood and how his ability works. He is convinced he’s a monster who’s going to be pushed into snapping someday. Even when using his ability to help the FBI solve murders takes a great toll on him, not only physically but emotionally and psychically too, he can’t see any good in himself.
Cain was a broken man, that he survived his childhood and still maintained the capacity to feel was just plain amazing. He was incredibly caring in spite of the many issues he had, and the way he fought against what he feared was his nature was awe inspiring. My heart went to him time and again, I just wanted to hug him.
Mercy was also an incredibly strong character. The fact that she was alive was a testament to her force of will, and how she battled against the external forces threatening her sanity was incredible. That she could still love, forgive and function was a small miracle.
I really connected to both her and Cain. I felt their pain, their struggles and their love for each other. This also means my heart was broken time and again when the issues they had to overcome seemed to be too much for them to handle.
With the suspense and mystery that will keep you turning the pages, the connection and chemistry between Cain and Mercy and that perfect balance between horrifically disturbing shit and the loveliest of love stories, Saving Mercy is a very engaging read. Though I’m still thinking that I wouldn’t want to be in Ms. Roads mind’s world… like, ever.
Rating: 4 “Love is thicker than blood” Stars
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