Title: No Mercy
Author: Joanna Schaffhausen
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: January 15, 2019
Page Count: 312
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
About the book:
Police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed Markham take on two difficult new cases in this stunning follow-up to The Vanishing Season.
“A gripping and powerful read. It is what we call an edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller. You will not be able to put it down before you finish it.”—The Washington Book Review on The Vanishing Season
No Mercy is award-winning author Joanna Schaffhausen’s heart-pounding second novel.
Police 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.
No Mercy by Joanna Schaffhausen is the second book of the thrilling Ellery Hathaway series. This series follows Ellery Hathaway who is now a police officer but Ellery wasn’t her original name, she changed and became the person she is today thanks to once being the victim herself.
Years ago Ellery Hathaway became victim number seventeen of serial killer Francis Michael Coben when she was abducted and held captive. Ellery was lucky enough that FBI Agent Reed Markham saw something other investigators hadn’t and followed clues to Coben’s home where he managed to rescue Ellery and put Coben behind bars making Ellery the one that survived.
However, while on a case in search of another killer Ellery’s worse nightmare came about and she and Reed had to solve both cases. Now after everything that happened Ellery is once again in the spotlight and forced to take a break from her job and enter therapy where Ellery meets another victim. Not being able to pass by helping another victim Ellery again finds herself asking Reed Markham to come help her with a case.
Being the second book of this series I already know what to expect and dare I say I think this one just got a little better than the first. What you have in this series is a small town vibe with a flawed main character that has taken her tortured past and turned into one heck of a strong female lead. Pair that up with a determined FBI partner that is still very much wanting to rescue and keep her safe and it makes for a great dynamic duo chasing down these killer cases. Definitely a fan and will look forward to more in the series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Joanna Schaffhausen is a scientific editor who spends her days immersed in research on potential new therapies for cancer, addiction, and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Previously, she worked as an editorial producer for ABC News, where she advised and wrote for programs such as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and 20/20.