Book Review | Silent Mercy
Author: Linda Fairstein
I’ve been a fan of Linda Fairstein for a number of years. Like many authors that I enjoy, I have found that her personal experience gives her an edge in her writing – Fairstein is a lawyer and, as such, I think this knowledge base lends itself well to the development of her trademark character, Alex Cooper. I’ve read many novels in which Cooper is the main character so I was excited to have the chance to read the latest book starring her character – Silent Mercy.
In Silent Mercy, prosecutor Alex Cooper finds herself wrapped up in a complex and confusing set of murders that all seem to have a religious connection. The first body (in various parts) is found at Harlem’s Mount Neboh Baptist Church. The victim is found with a Star of David which leads Cooper to look at the possibility that religion may tie into the murder. Soon after, another body is found near a house of worship but the religious connection is so different that Cooper begins to second-guess her original beliefs.
How are these murders tied together? Or are they, in fact, not connected at all? This novel is brilliant because it weaves itself through a number of different twists and turns before leading to the discovery of the actual killer and the motives behind it. I loved this book – I kept thinking that I was starting to get a picture of who the killer was and, just at the moment, another twist would be thrown in!
Fairstein development of Silent Mercy is nothing short of amazing – it reminded me why I have enjoyed her novels so much in the past. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a thriller and loves to see if they can beat the main character in solving the crimes!
*I received no compensation for this review. I received a copy of the book to read and evaluate. The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any manner.*