5/5 HUGE Stars!
Wow! What a wild ride! I want a canary-yellow Challenger with a Hemi!
When a routine traffic stop leaves Mercie Hillbrook’s parents dead, she’s inconsolable.
Shortly after their funerals, she learns her home has gone into foreclosure… and she has no recourse.
The cops who shot her parents get a slap on the wrist, the bank gets her home and Mercie is left with nothing.
She has rage that cannot be contained and is in no mood for anyone’s thoughts and prayers.
Seeking vengeance—or revenge—Mercie’s mini-crime spree and high-speed chase land her in jail facing a good portion of her life in prison.
Mercie has lost all faith and she doesn’t have much hope left when the street-smart homeless teen she encountered during her brief run-from-the-law literally becomes her get-out-of-jail-free card.
Still facing a jury trial and prison time, Mercie finds things are not as they appear and soon learns her parents’ deaths may not have been an accident.
Mercie Hillbrook is a great character. She’s a college-educated convenience store clerk who lives a very underwhelming life. The deaths of her parents devastate Mercie and she has little time to mourn them. But it’s the apathy of the police department—standard procedure, rules were followed, the officers used the appropriate response to a ‘threat’… nothing to see here, folks—and the insouciance of the bank—you’re not named a successor and have no legal standing—which turn her grief into Terminator-size anger.
Yes, yes, she broke laws… I’m over it. I don’t believe Mercie snapped, had a mental break, lost touch with reality or any of the polite terms for going batsh!t crazy. She was simply fed up. (And I was too!) Responding violently to the unethical and unprincipled bureaucracy doesn’t necessarily make you a criminal. Sometimes, extreme measures are needed to bring attention to injustices. So, uh…go, Mercie!
Kermit is a delight and has Mercie’s back! It isn’t disclosed how or why the Vietnamese teen lives on the street, but it’s more than obvious he’s learned to survive and has a fondness for tacos… and car stereos! Police Chief Perez gets a nod… even though he’s too white-headed and too wrinkly, I’m satisfied with how he covered the bases.
Page MacIntyre and her cohorts? Ugh! That is not the proper procedure for foreclosing on a home.
Someone is willing to kill (again) to keep the truth from being revealed and Mercie and Kermit find themselves fighting for their lives with only their wits to help them… and admonishments from Merci’s mother.
This short read is suspense at its best and will have you cheering for the protagonist… even as she’s breaking the law.
Kudos to the author for delivering a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Her Name is Mercie releases May 26th and includes four additional short stories. PreOrder today – this one’s a keeper!
Mercie Hillbrook lives a simple, quiet life working as a gas station attendant. Then her parents are killed. Her home is taken. The people responsible are excused for just doing their job. When an attempt to get justice her way lands her in trouble with the law, Mercie realizes she still has something to lose: her own life.
Then she finds reason to believe her parents were murdered… and she doesn’t care anymore.
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Chris Roy was raised in South Mississippi, in the midst of ugly Gulf Coast beaches and spectacular muddy bayous.
Chris lived comfortably with the criminal ventures of his youth until a fistfight in 1999 ended tragically. Since January, 2000, he’s been serving a life sentence in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Nowadays he lives his life crime vicariously, through the edgy, fast-paced stories he pens, hoping to entertain readers. When he isn’t writing, he’s reading, drawing or looking for prospects to train in boxing.
Book I: Last Shine
Book 2: Resurrection
Sharp as a Razor
Book I: A Dying Wish
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Killer review. Terrific blog! Really appreciate this, Nesie.
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