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Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2019
Sorry, but I did not enjoy this book at all. I have empathy for people with anxiety, however, this was over the top in my opinion. The main character was a mess all the time. It seemed every chapter went on and on about her panic attacks, guilt, negativity, worries, nervousness and self doubt. Repetative and tedious reading. Constantly bringing up her dead sister. I thought the dialog was immature and annoying. I ended up having to skim at times. Just wanted to get to the end. Won't be reading anymore of her books.
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2019
Eden, the main character's panic attacks as she deals with the aftermath of her sister's murder at the hand of her husband (who then kills himself) DO get old. But as the plot progresses it explains a lot as to that case which wasn't closed to everyone's satisfaction. One major procedural issue though. Her sister's death was investigated as a murder-suicide. Late in the book a LE officer conjectures that Eden may have been involved in her brother in laws shooting death but it wouldn't matter "because we didn't process the scene as a homicide". Hello, when a woman is shot to death by her husband it IS a homicide. Sorry, but if you have two dead bodies and a possible person on scene that may have been part of their last moments it's processed as a homicide. Only later would you rule that out to call it murder/suicide.
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2018
Wish the story had been further developed rather than focusing on Eden appearing as a victim in need of rescuing. To much focus on the two extremely handsome men drawn to her helplessness. Would have liked Tessas character filled in rather than reading about how focused the lawyer & cop were on Eden. Ughhh
5.0 out of 5 starsA fast-paced, entertaining read...
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2018
Anyone who like mysteries with real-life characters would enjoy this MERCY HARBOR thriller. Eden , the struggling but strong main-character, is surrounded by a number of interesting other characters that pull the reader into the story.
Very absorbing of a educational picture of the very true happenings in our World today. Crime in high places, drugs, human trafficking of young girls.all for greed. I would like to follow this series and writer—Melinda Woodhall.
Firstly I would like to state that I received an advanced copy via booksirens in exchange for an honest, voluntary review. I deliberately chose to read this book as it was described as being exactly my type of genre, a police procedural. For me it didn’t quite live up to this description. The main character centred upon was Eden not Nessa the police detective. I much preferred the character of Nessa and of her new partner and would have enjoyed more involving them and more depth to their back stories and characters. I would also have liked a lot more depth and details of the police investigation procedures. I do appreciate that Eden was obviously written as a flawed character, suffering with anxiety and probably PTSD. I certainly have lots of empathy for people with anxiety, however, for me this was made to be too much of a central theme throughout the book, in my opinion. The main character was constantly having complete meltdowns. It seemed every chapter went on and on about her panic attacks, guilt, negativity, worries, nervousness and self doubt. At points I found this somewhat repetative and tedious reading. I just wish the story had been further developed rather than primarily focusing on Eden appearing as a victim in need of rescuing. I am also not a massive fan of romance and at times I felt there was too much focus on the two extremely handsome men drawn to her helplessness. I really would have loved Nessa’s character to be more filled in rather than reading about how focused the lawyer and cop were on hoping to win Eden’s heart. However, the book had a pretty good plot with lots of possible suspects to keep you reading it was certainly a twisty thriller with some great “baddies” such as the seedy, violent, drug addicted pimp, his strange sidekick, dirty cops, organised crime members and so on. I also liked the lawyer character, Leo, and found his backstory really intriguing , it gave him an interesting edge. I believe the second book in the series delves more into Leo’s story so I may check that out. The author has a really easy to read style and this made for an enjoyable read. I will definitely look for other stories by Melinda Woodhall and hope that they are less centred on Eden and more on the other really interesting characters.
5.0 out of 5 starsGripping, thrilling with plot twists and plenty going on!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 30, 2018
What can I say, this book is gripping. There is plenty going on from the start to keep you turning the pages. Great characters to relate to and engross yourself in. Just when you think the book is getting good it gets better! I had to keep reading once half way through and finished the second half of the book in a few hours. I couldn’t stop! I loved that there were many offshoots to the story and that some have been left open for the next book in the series which I am very eager to get my hands on! I also loved the strength of the main female characters and their developing stories. Excellent!
A five star read for sure. Great writer, great story. Involving characters that real and believable. This book is quite the thriller. Looking forward to her next book. Great suspence. Always more going on in the plot, than the obvious.