I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Mercy of The Night by David Corbett
Phelan Tierney helps people who hope to start their lives over. When a young woman he’s taken under his wing disappears, the former lawyer devotes himself to finding her—despite her puzzlingly unhelpful family and his own ghosts.
Jacquelina Garza has been to hell and back. Abducted and tortured by a child predator when she was eight years old, she still, years later, bears the scars of the incident and its aftermath—including a very public trial. Her teenage life takes an even steeper downward spiral when she’s drawn into a murder case that threatens to tear apart her hometown of Rio Mirada, the gateway to Napa Valley’s opulence.
Can these two wayward souls find redemption amid the convenient lies and difficult truths that have followed them for so long?
I’ll get straight to the point – it was very hard for me to establish a proper connection with the characters. It took me quite a while. That was my main problem with this book. The characters – they were unique and flawed terribly. I told you; I had a terrible time trying to connect to them. Jacqui was stubborn to a fault. It was constant running for her. Just when you think all the running might be over, she goes off again.
Don’t get me wrong. The book was not bad at all. It was great. The plot was good though I can’t say it was all intriguing. For me anyway.
I had no idea what was happening half of the time. There were so many names, and not all of them are relevant. I had a tough time figuring out who is who.
The writing was in third person, and the POVs changes quite a lot. And with zero warnings. Overall, the writing was excellent – though the characters didn’t make this an easy read for me and I stopped reading this because it was that hard to contact and I want to appreciate the book.
I don’t want to rant about the characters because the ending showed all the important ones and their beautiful growth.
The ending was, written in first person – which confused me but it’s a small thing, great. It showed a little on what and how everyone relevant was doing after everything that happened.
WARNING: Quotable quotes everywhere. This book goes about deep in life because well, this book went there too.
Overall, if you can build a relationship faster than me with the characters, then you’ll most likely enjoy this book better than I did. It was great, deep, and unquestionably meaningful. Give it a try!
Reviewed by: Reneth