Review: Saving Mercy (Fatal Truth #1) by Abbie Roads

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First in a chilling new paranormal romantic suspense series from award-winning author Abbie Roads

He's found her at last
Cain Killion knows himself to be a damaged man, his only saving grace the extrasensory connection to blood that he uses to catch murderers. His latest case takes a macabre turn when he discovers a familiar and haunting symbol linking the crime to his own horrific past-and only one woman could know what it means.

Only to lose her to a nightmare
Mercy Ledger is brave, resilient, beautiful-and in terrible danger. The moment he sees Mercy, Cain knows he's the one who can save her. He also knows he's beyond redemption. But the lines between good and evil blur and the only thing clear to Cain and Mercy is that they belong together. Love is the antidote for blood-but is their bond strong enough to overcome the evil that stalks them?

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Cain Killion is the son of a serial killer.  He is known as Killer Killion’s Kid or Triple K as the media referred to him.  He works as a crime scene investigator to work through his guilt and shame.  Mercy is a victim of his father’s that he left alive and she survived.  She has been in a mental hospital and Cain has been keeping an eye on her.  A nurse named Liz who works at the hospital has known Cain since he was a child and keeps him updated on Mercy’s condition.
However one night Liz gives him Mercy.  He just wanted to ask her about the symbol found at a crime scene, but Liz fears Mercy needs to be saved from Dr. Payne.  Cain is the only one who can do it.  He is forced to take Mercy into hiding.  He can’t believe the turn of events and knows Mercy will be afraid of him when she is lucid. 
He keeps questioning why he is doing this.  He calls Mac in for help.  However Payne finds them as Cain decides to walk away.  Payne tries to take Mercy back.  Cain decides to keep her safe even if his shame and guilt try to interfere.
Mercy can see past his face to the man inside.  She knows who he is and sees the bond they have because of his father.  She fears, however, that Cain can be hurt because of her.  She is being stalked by the obsessive doctor.  Someone else is out committing copycat kills.  Cain and Mac are trying to stop whoever is doing it.
Little do they know that this is an elaborate plan and they are shocked when they realize who the players are.  Cain learns shocking secrets as he comes face to face with the monster he knows as his father.
This book was psychologically chilling.  The abuse and conditioning Cain experienced as a child rides him hard.  He sees himself like his father.  He is waiting for the tide to turn and he becomes like his father.  The reader witnesses his daily, dark fight.  Then you have Mercy, the only survivor from Killion’s last massacre.  She ends up in a mental hospital terrorized by Dr. Payne.  It was tough to read as she tried to stay a step ahead of him.  The emotional anguish that both characters exhibited was consuming.  The storyline was dark with bits of hope sprinkled throughout.  It is an emotionally draining journey as you read.  Cain and Mercy have to fight for their lives on every level.

I had to read this in bits.  I had to take a break from the psychological torment.  So it took me longer to read this story than it normally would.  It’s a good story but really dark and twisted.  Some may not like it.  Others who have no problems reading and handling what psychologically sick people are capable of and do to those they love will read through all the dark moments.  It is a good read.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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