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Cry for Mercy by Karen Long

Genre: Thriller
Source: Bookouture
Rating: 4/5
Publisher: Bookouture
Amazon, Hive

About The Book

The girl’s eyes were open, her gaze softened with a milky hue. Her perfect skin and halo of blonde hair made her look angelic. It was a brutal contrast to the rope suspending her from the high-vaulted ceiling, and the bruises that had blossomed on her arms. Eleanor reached forward then caught herself. This woman was past saving.
When a beautiful young woman is found murdered in a derelict power station, Detective Inspector Eleanor Raven hurries to the scene. The girl’s body has been ritualistically posed, with cherry-red lipstick painted across her mouth. And when she catches sight of the engagement ring crusted with blood on her delicate finger, Eleanor pushes back on the grief it provokes. Lydia Greystein had so much to live for. The only way Eleanor can help now is to find the killer responsible, and she and her team immediately set to work.
As Eleanor and the team work together to unpick the killer’s motivations, another woman is found, bound and posed in the same ceremonial stance. Suddenly, Eleanor’s case becomes more twisted and urgent than ever. Just when they think they’ve hit a dead end, Eleanor finds a link between the victims and a cold case—an unsolved death with a connection to her own hidden life outside work. To follow the clues now risks bringing her secrets into the open.
But as Eleanor begins to understand the killer, he starts to understand her too.


My Thoughts

The job of a detective is to understand the killer, and catch it before it kills again, but what happens if the curiosity is mutual and the detective is targeted by the killer? Then the race against the clock will begin, the lives of innocents are at the stage and no one except Detective Inspector Eleanor Raven can save them. Ready?
This had been a quick read, easy to enter the story and follow the detectives steps to catch the killer. Expect a thriller told between different voices, the killer included, making the story more complete and realistic; detectives are good at their job and sadly a killer with an only objective in their mind, killing.
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book, it was so easy to enter the plot, believing the detectives and hoping that they will discover the truth before the killer strikes again!
Eleanor’s character is not easy to like, she only has one objective in her mind, to catch the killer and there’s nothing that will stop her at doing so, that will make her too bossy and difficult. But she does her job pretty well, and when your secrets are threatened to be revealed, I don’t think anyone would be objective and patient, don’t you think?
If you are looking for an addictive read and a good case to investigate, this has to be your next read!
I really can’t wait to read the new Detective Eleanor Raven! Ready for “Cry for Mercy”?


About The Author

Karen Long was born in Wolverhampton but has spent the last few years living in California. She worked as an English and Drama teacher for many years, before becoming a full-time writer.
She has written screenplays and articles, but primarily dedicates her time to writing crime fiction and observing wildlife. She loves to travel, which is a great source of inspiration; Toronto became the backdrop to the Eleanor Raven series of thrillers after Karen spent several months there.
A passionate conservationist and lover of the crow family in particular, she has rehabilitated and adopted ravens, crows, magpies and rooks, many of whom became integrated into family life, much to the distress of household members and soft furnishings. She now volunteers regularly at Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care Centre.