Book Review: Erin Healy’s House of Mercy

Beth’s ranch falls into trouble after she makes a bad decision in taking a prized horse for a run only to have it die in her watch. Now the owner is set on putting her, and her family off the ranch, and into a spiral of financial trouble. Not only is this happening, but a mysterious wolf continues to pop up threatening her. As Beth seeks to make things right there is only one person she could turn to, but he is an outcast of the life she grew up knowing.

House of Mercy got off to a slow start, but it picks up, which is the good news. At first there were these random stories that I’m sure had a point to the story, but they really didn’t add to it either. Thankfully, strong characters get the story on track including Beth, Garner, Rose, and Levi. I’m not sure what to make of the lack of complexity of them though. Either you love them, or you hate them.

As I said, there isn’t really an in between the characters, or at least for most the story.  I think there was a lot of potential for Beth, but even when she does something wrong I think of her as a “goody”. Her motives just never seem human. As for Levi he just seems way too evil. I mean for the most the story this is his family he is messing over yet he doesn’t even seem cognizant of that. I understand that not everyone cares for their family, but he just seems so awful to everyone especially Beth. He treats her like trash he doesn’t even know. Where does that sort of hate come from? And perhaps that is the question to be answered.

The plot has enough things happen to keep you reading. When it seems to be drifting a certain way something else comes along, which is good. It seems to take a while to get to the point though. I particularly wish Abel, Beth’s dad, had more build up in the story. I feel like I didn’t get to know him well enough to have any feelings toward him. This story does keep a dark vibe throughout though, which I thought set the mood according to how Healy intended. Her ability to shape the scenery, and tone worked well, and you could feel it throughout the story.

Thought it’s not a memorable story, it does work to be good for what it is. It’s entertaining, and the characters aren’t bland. There are a few moments that seem to not flow well as my attention averted away from what was happening. Whether the reader thinks it matters to the story is up to the individual. You will want to know the ending though because it leaves you in enough suspense to get there. You can check the book out at Amazon.

Rating 4 of 5.

This book was provided by Booksneeze in exchange for a review. 

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