Hey readers! Happy New Year! May our dreams unfold beautifully this year! Cheers to the first post of the year! Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci is a book in which I am very well pleased.
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe.
It’s seered into Atlee Pine’s memory: the kidnapper’s chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year- old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She never saw Mercy again.
Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She’s the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona, resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon. So when one of the Grand Canyon’s mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon, with its rider missing, Pine is called in to investigate. It soon seems clear the lost tourist had something more clandestine than sightseeing in mind. But just as Pine begins to put together clues pointing to a terrifying plot, she’s abruptly called off the case. If she disobeys direct orders by continuing to search for the missing man, it will mean the end of her career. But unless Pine keeps working the case and discovers the truth, it could spell the very end of democracy in America as we know it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is 100% laden with suspense; a true page turner. The story is as intriguing as the blurb portrays. Atlee Pine’s character is a formidable one. Against all odds, she remains steadfast in her mission, unwavering even in the midst of internal opposition from the people she worked for. Her tactics are ingenious and she’s just a boss lady who you can’t help but respect.
Atlee had inner struggles from losing her twin sister so early on in life. This affected her deeply and several years later the memory still haunts her and has shaped her life very differently. Trauma has varying effects on different individuals and having the right support or influence around at such trying periods is key in determining the end result. Atlee was unlucky not to have the right parental support. She got scarred and she still seeks closure.
Long Road to Mercy is the first book in the Atlee Pine thriller series and I can’t wait to see how Atlee grows personally as regards her finding closure for her childhood loss. I’m also excited to see what cases she takes on and how she solves them. This was definitely a good start for the series. There’s so much to look forward to including her love life. I was glad she actually got into the process of giving love a chance. No one is doomed to suffer. Where there is life, there is always hope for a better future.
I recommend Long Road to Mercy to all suspense lovers. It was an exhilarating ride and you would find it difficult to put down. Go get your copy and share your thoughts with me.
Thanks for reading! CIAO!