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Mercy by David Baldacci

This is the third book featuring FBI Agent Atlee Pine, who is searching for her long-missing twin sister, Mercy, who was kidnapped when she was just six years old. You don’t need to read the previous two novels, but it would help.

Like the previous two books, it’s a fast-paced, visceral and page-turning read as Atlee closes in on her sister – she has to find her, and she is joined by her assistant Carol Blum in the chase.

But unfortunately, they are not the only ones trying to find Mercy – and the other person wanting to discover her whereabouts is driven by revenge and wants Mercy dead. It’s a race against time for Atlee to find her sister, but then Carol Blum is kidnapped, and it looks like there may potentially be more than one dead person by the end of the book.

In this book, we meet Mercy for the first time, and many of the chapters are told from her point of view, so we get a good understanding of what happened to her as a child and the life she lives now. Atlee is an admirable character, as is the intelligent Carol Blum. It’s the characterisation that really makes this thriller stand out and keeps the pages turning as these are people to really care for, and you want things to work out. You’ll need to read the book to find out, of course what happens, but be prepared for a roller coaster of action to the very end.

Reviewer: Karen McMillan

Macmillan Publishers


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