No Mercy

no mercyPolice officer Ellery Hathaway is on involuntary leave from her job because she shot a murderer in cold blood and refuses to apologize for it. Forced into group therapy for victims of violent crime, Ellery immediately finds higher priorities than “getting in touch with her feelings.”

For one, she suspects a fellow group member may have helped to convict the wrong man for a deadly arson incident years ago. For another, Ellery finds herself in the desperate clutches of a woman who survived a brutal rape. He is still out there, this man with the Spider-Man-like ability to climb through bedroom windows, and his victim beseeches Ellery for help in capturing her attacker.

Ellery seeks advice from her friend, FBI profiler Reed Markham, who liberated her from a killer’s closet when she was a child. Reed remains drawn to this unpredictable woman, the one he rescued but couldn’t quite save. The trouble is, Reed is up for a potential big promotion, and his boss has just one condition for the new job―stay away from Ellery. Ellery ignores all the warnings. Instead, she starts digging around in everyone’s past but her own―a move that, at best, could put her out of work permanently, and at worst, could put her in the city morgue.



I loved the Vanishing Season, therefore was a little skeptical when I started to read No Mercy, the second book in the Ellery Hathaway series by Joanna Schaffhausen.  It’s always hit or miss with me when it comes to a second or third book featuring the same characters.  No worries though!  No Mercy is just as good if not better than the first book.

Ellery Hathaway is on voluntary leave from the police force.  One of the requirements for her return is to attend a victims group.  Ellery is famous, not because of the shooting that occurred that led to her leave, but because she was the only survivor of serial killer Francis Michael Coben.

While attending the meetings Ellery meets victims whose cases have never been solved.  Being a police officer and a believer in justice, she inserts herself into several of them.  Knowing she cannot solve them on her own, she once again turns to Reed Markham, FBI profiler.  Reed saved Ellery when she was abducted as a child, helped her with her previous case, and is back on the scene per her request.

This book is fast paced and interesting.  The weaving together of two stories adds to its complexity and enhances the mystery.  The character building is phenomenal.  I loved Ellery in both books.  She is fighting for her life and career while fighting for others.  There is so much more to Ellery that is still hidden and I look forward to meeting her again in the next book.

Markham is another fabulous character.  The book ends leaving us with so many unanswered questions about him, again, leaving me waiting for more! The only thing I missed in this novel was Speed Bump.  Don’t get me wrong, he does make an entrance or two in the book but not as much as the first.  I realize he is a dog, but darn it, he is an adorable dog and a hero.

4.5/5 stars

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