RaveCriminal ElementThe mystery is first-rate with a murderer I never saw coming. The characters are fully developed people who are going through their own private crises—very realistic—at the same time as the murder investigation. But my favorite part is the West Virginia setting and the battles of the inhabitants just to live. Generation after generation, the people who are born and live in Acker’s Gap struggle to survive. Keller covers everything from layoffs in the fifties to the current opioid epidemic and the effects on everyone in the town. Why do the people stay? ... Haunting.
S. J. Rozan
PositiveCriminal Element... the twists and turns mean that nothing is what the reader expects—and the ending is a shock ... I loved the history in this book, and I learned quite a bit ... But my favorite part of this book is its message. At its heart, this is a book about family, both near and far. For the Chinese—and the people in Mississippi—family is all-important. Family ties prove to be the critical piece of the puzzle.
PositiveCriminal ElementThe mysteries are captivating, but Ellery is the heart of the book. She is a damaged woman, yes, but always sympathetic and believable. No Mercy is a winner.