- Title: Mercy
- Author: Richard Turner
- Pages: 244
- Publisher: Kindle edition
- Released: February 11, 2016
- Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
* My opinions are my own
* May contain spoilers
In 1865 Louisiana, Captain Robert Cooper from the Freedman’s Bureau is sent to investigate a rash of strange murders and disappearances. His unexpected arrival in Williamstown is met with a mix of anger and suspicion. With gangs of demobilized Confederate soldiers roaming the woods, Cooper is quick to realize that his job may be harder than first expected. Yet, the terror that plagues the farms and plantations around Williamstown cannot be easily explained away. Something is in the woods waiting for night to fall and the truth may be more terrifying than can be imagined.
This book took place in Louisiana just after the Civil War ended and the tension between the North and the South was still fresh. I liked the fact that the story acknowledged these issues between the two sides but didn’t make it the focus.
The author used local folklore to create a shroud of mystery that actually made me wonder. Folklore has always been an interesting subject to me and seeing it tide into historical fiction always makes me happy.
The variety of characters and personalities was well done and thought out. The only thing I was disappointed with is that I wanted the book to be longer. Books I enjoy our never long enough. Im already trying to decide which book to read next to distract me from my book hangover.
If your looking for a good mystery this book is one I would recommend. With its quick read style it could even help get you out of a reading slump.