When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she'll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life--whether she wants to or not.
Patricia Briggs is brilliant. Her writing style captures. Nothing is overdone or underdone. The style reflects the character perfectly. It's hard to explain without posting spoilers but most times, when a character is doing something against her will without knowing it, an author still writes it from an outsider's point of view. Meaning, extracting the writing to reflect the reader's point of view rather than the characters. "God, she KNOWS that's wrong!" etc., etc. Here, Patricia Briggs doesn't do that. It struck me, reading Mercy's thoughts, that she truly thought what she was doing was perfectly okay.
You can see Mercy's growth. Most times, the character remains stagnant and doesn't really get to change and mature. Not here. You can feel the passage of time and how Mercy changes. It makes her seem even more real. And she's my ideal main character. She can fight, she's witty and doesn't let a bunch of hormonal, dominant Alpha wolves push her around--in fact, she goes out of her way to annoy them.
This book, while the most disturbing, was also the most moving. Patricia Briggs touched upon very real topics in this book and wrote them as they should be written. I was slightly surprised at my own reaction to the aftermath of the climax.
I love the supporting characters. Usually, sub characters fade and don't have a significance to the plot or something to that effect. But I love how Patricia Briggs makes use of all her characters. You get the same snippets of their own lives as you would in real life while still making it relevant to the story.
THAT is how a love triangle should be handled! After all the Twilight nonsense, this was a refreshing take on a love triangle. It really bought me more respect for Mercy's character. She's reasonable but still human. I absolutely loved the ending. Patricia Briggs is incredible!
A fantastic mystery, too. I usually don't go for the whodunnit novels but I love the supernatural spin and the young adult appropriate content while suitable--and probably targeted--to adults.
Another fantastic Mercy Thompson novel. Bone Crossed is next on my list.
- pages - mass market paperback, 287
- published - January 2008
- publisher - Ace
- genre - urban fantasy/paranormal romance
- Summer Reading 2010 - #27
- rating - 5/5
- series - Mercedes Thompson