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Mercie Hillbrook lives a simple, quiet life working as a gas attendant. Then her parents are killed. Her home is taken. The people responsible are excused for just doing their job. When an attempt to get justice her way lands her in trouble with the law, Mercie realises she still has something to lose: her own life.
Then she finds reason to believe her parents were murdered… and she doesn’t care anymore
RE-PETE – A short story
HUNGER – A short story
LIBBY’S HANDS –A short story
MARSH MADNESS –A short story
The main story in this book is a novella by Chris Roy around 90 pages long it tells the story of Mercie Hillbrook who is a relatively happy young woman who still lives with her parents, and works at a gas station as an attendant. Until one day her whole life is turned upside down when she learns her parents are dead. But not only does she lose both her parents but she loses the home they lived in, and the people responsible for the deaths are allowed to just walk away as it is seen they were just doing there job!
From start to finish this is one fast paced, action packed ride, not knowing which way the story was going to go next. As Mercie initially is trying to come to terms with losing both of her parents, her whole life is just turned upside down. But what could her parents have been doing that gave the police a reason to kill them. They weren’t drug dealers, or criminals, they were just everyday normal people who were driving home from an evening at the cinema. When they were pulled over Mercie’s mum Dani, was reaching into the glove compartment, but dropped her glasses so was reaching for those. The next thing they were dead.
For Mercie this sets off a chain of events in her life, where she just seems to lose it completely. As I was reading this thoughts of the film Thelma and Louise came in to my head. But obviously Mercie is alone, the decisions she makes are in no way rational. All she knows is she has lost everything, after abiding by the law all her life she decides to take a trip on the darker side.
A thrilling ride to get revenge for her parents deaths, But how far will she go? Once she starts on this track can she get back off? This becomes a dark thriller. She just wants justice is that too much to ask, unfortunately she takes the law into her own hands to try and get it, which just lands her in more trouble and a short stay behind bars.
But when she finds out her parents were possibly murdered for their property and assets, why should she care anymore? Along the way she picks up a young juvenile sidekick known as Kermit (yes like the frog). This becomes an absolute rollercoaster of a ride, will Mercie get the revenge she wants? Or will it all backfire on her. You get sucked in to the action, rooting for Mercie and Kermit to survive their ordeal and come out the other side as winners. A quick high octane entertaining read. Kermit is a great person for Mercie to have by her side. But where will it all end?
The other stories in the book are Re-Pete – an almost horror story, Pete has problems, his mum has a new boyfriend known as Eagle, who isn’t the nicest of people towards Pete. Things don’t go well as Pete’s issues get worse. Makes you wonder what set them off in the first place.
HUNGER – A tale about a father, daughter and German Shepherd dog known as hunger, hunger is a very protective dog, and growls and nips the father when he cuddles his daughter. When the father dies it’s just Rebecca her brother Sammy and the dog hunger. The dog appears afraid of Sammy, why? There are some strange elements to this story that I didn’t quite engage with, as the brother encourages Rebecca to go out on the boat with Hunger like she used to do with their dad initially she is reluctant as they need to sort the funeral arrangements , but Sammy encourages her saying he will sort it all. But then some odd things happen that make you wonder if Sammy had some sort of ulterior plan. I guess it’s up to the reader to draw their own conclusion on this one.
LIBBY’S HANDS – This is a truly gory horror story the moral being listen to what your grandmother says, with halloween being the backdrop, leading to some disturbing happenings that I’m not sure I truly grasped.
Finally MARSH MADNESS – this is a very quick short, sharp story, of a mother, son, dog, alligator and a possible stalker/Hunter it was hard to know who he was going to save or kill if any as he aimed his rifle at each of the characters at some stage, but who survives?
I don’t usually go in for a lot of short stories, but occasionally it’s nice to not have to focus on something for too long, if you are short on time or just want a quick read. I enjoyed the main story as we see Mercie trying to get her revenge. I struggled to understand fully what was happening on a couple of the other stories, but I did wonder if that was the intention of the author, you could interpret most of them in different ways. All are well written, I think sometimes it can be harder to write a short concise story than it is to write a longer one where you can draw the characters out more. Overall an interesting collection of stories.
I would like to thank #BlackthornBookTours for an eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review, all opinions are my own.
I give this 4⭐️ out of 5⭐️.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chris Roy is the author of Shocking Circumstances, Sharp as a Razor, and Her Name Is Mercie. He is a published tattoo artist (Rise Tattoo Magazine, ATC Tattoo Books app) and the illustrator of two children’s books. Raised in South Mississippi, he lived comfortably with the criminal ventures of his youth until a fistfight in 1999 ended tragically. Since January, 2000, he’s been serving a life sentence in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Nowadays he lives his life of crime vicariously, through the edgy, fast-paced stories he pens, hoping to entertain readers. When he isn’t writing, he’s reading, tattooing or looking for prospects to train in boxing.
You can find Chris on Twitter @ChrisRoyCrime and on his Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Chris-Roy/e/B00MF6LCHM
Chris Roy on Off the Chain Radio: https://t.co/brwaz5KFPp?amp=1
Genre: Crime, horror•
Print length:162 pages•
Suitable for young adults?: This is an adult book with dark themes and components of horror, suitable for mature teenagers age 17+
Trigger warnings: graphic violence, police killing
Praise for Her Name is Mercie
Roy delivers on the edge of your seat storytelling with rough edges, crooked cops and a tiny light at the end of the tunnel that is never quite extinguished.
— Tom Vater, co–founder of Crime Wave Press.
Her Name Is Mercie is a fast furious ride into an inferno of the highest tension you are likely to encounter this year. Where noir meets thriller, toss a coin. Dive in. And unplug your phones, pcs tablets and keep reading deeper and deeper, until the final pages.
— Richard Godwin, author of Apostle Rising.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.