Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Review: Mercy by Jan Coffey

Title: Mercy
Author: Jan Coffey
Genre: Suspense
Source: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: September 30, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Julia Klein’s life has begun to unravel—her daughter Amy has been suspended from school, Julia is about to lose her job, and her boyfriend Garrett is being transferred thousands of miles away. Overwhelmed, she and Amy leave for a weekend at a rambling old colonial inn. Julia never suspects that Garrett, desperate to find a way to keep Julia in his life, has decided to surprise her by joining them. Nor does she expect her daughter to befriend a mischievous ghost...or that she herself would be possessed by the malevolent spirit of a long-dead mother. 

As a dark secret emerges, Julia, Amy, and Garrett find themselves pitted in a fight for survival against a savage presence that intends to resurrect/repeat/relive a horrible crime committed two centuries ago. And this time, Amy and Julia will be the victims.

Mercy is a fantastic little novella that is perfect for a rainy night in bed.  While it seems to be a simply ghost story at first, things take a deadly twist when Julia is possessed by a very unhappy spirit.  There is a lot more to the spirit than first meets the eyes though.  Garrett, Julia's boyfriend uncovers some of the unhappy story while doing research on a haunting that he believes to be real, but the real key to the story is Amy, Julia's daughter.  But Amy hasn't spoken a word in years, and she may not have the courage to speak up now.

A very quick read that was a perfect start to October and the Halloween season.  Just scary enough to get the pulse going a little, but not enough that I couldn't get to sleep.  Garret and Julia are very lovable characters, and the way they treat Amy is so touching.  You can see how much the family loves each other, which makes the ending even better.

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