Mercedes Thompson #8
Hardcover, E-Pub and audio Formats 352 pages
Published by Ace/The Penguin Group
11 Mar 2014
Purchased by blogger. All opinions are my own.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as “one of the best” (Fiction Vixen). Now, Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest—one that brings a threat unlike anything she’s ever known.
An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.
Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.
Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s stalker is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart. (us.penguingroup.com)
I’m sorry, but the werewolves in this story do not come off as great and noble creatures; more like back stabbing, in-fighting fools. I’ve noticed this in a few of the past few books in the series. For critters who are supposed to have good instincts these werewolves are jerks. If a teenage girl, Mercy, Adam, Tad and an assortment of others see Christy for the self absorbed bitch she is why can’t a single lie-sniffing she-wolf?
And when Christy nearly gets them all killed do they ‘unfriend’ her? No!
Whether it is the book or me, this was my least favorite of this series. I felt it was rehashing a lot of ground, and I hated how Mercy kept saying she was unattractive. Even though that was coming from a place of comparison to Adam’s first wife, Christy. It also felt like the rehashing of how Mercy is the only smart one in the group and saves the day, nearly sacrificing herself to do so.
I do love the discovery of family in her Coyote lineage, and her continued interaction with Coyote. The clues handed to her are great and Coyote remains tricky, if not the trickster. He makes a lot of mischief and so does the new bad guy. He’s pretty grotesque really, but I love how Pat has gone really global to bring the new guy to town. The fae stay their scary selves, but they, the witches and the vampires play a smaller role here. I am surprised by an antipathy for other canines throughout the book, a lack of sorrow in their deaths. Mercy seems somewhat dispassionate about a lot of deaths here.
I hate being down on this entry in what has been a beloved series. I also really, really dislike the new breast augmentation the character portrayal seems to have undergone. Several other bloggers and I have noticed it. I know the series has a graphic novel syndication now but I really this the boobs are uncalled for.
I’m not saying that people who love the series shouldn’t read this one. It’s a must for series continuity, but it just is not my favorite.Pat Briggs Penguin and other Purchase links