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Mercy by David Baldacci Book Review

Mercy (Atlee Pine #4)
Author: David Baldacci
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 432
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: November 16th 2021

Synopsis of Mercy (Goodreads)

FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s harrowing search for her long-lost sister Mercy reaches a boiling point in this breakneck thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.

For her entire life, FBI agent Atlee Pine has been searching for her twin sister, Mercy, who was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Mercy’s disappearance left behind a damaged family that later shattered beyond repair when Atlee’s parents inexplicably abandoned her.

Now, after a perilous investigation that nearly proved fatal, Atlee has finally discovered not only the reason behind her parents’ abandonment and Mercy’s kidnapping, but also the most promising breakthrough yet: proof that Mercy survived her abduction and then escaped her captors many years ago.

Though Atlee is tantalizingly close to her family at last, the final leg of her long road to Mercy will be the most treacherous yet. Mercy left at least one dead body behind before fleeing her captors years before. Atlee has no idea if her sister is still alive, and if so, how she has been surviving all this time. When the truth is finally revealed, Atlee Pine will face the greatest danger yet, and it may well cost her everything.

My Thoughts on Mercy by David Baldacci

I will admit that I had low expectations from this book. Because last year I read books from renowned thriller writers like Jeffery Deaver and Daniel Silva and I hated those books. And David Baldacci is another household name for thriller writers, so I was very sceptical about this book.

But Mercy took me completely by surprise. I was shocked at how much I genuinely enjoyed reading this book. This book even managed to tear me up and I rarely tear up while reading a book.

Even though this is the 4th book in the Atlee Pine series, you can still read this one. I didn’t read the previous books and yet I was not confused or had any trouble following the plot. The story is very easy to follow.

This book follows Atlee Pine who is an FBI agent trying to discover her long lost twin sister, Mercy, who was abducted when she was just 6 years old. She was unfortunately severely abused which left her with permanent scars.

Years later, Atlee who works in the FBI is all set to find her long lost sister with the aid of her FBI assistant, Carol Blum, who has always been a mother figure to her.

I have to mention the positives about Mercy by David Baldacci-

  • This book was engaging and gripping. I was instantly hooked and invested in the story within the first few chapters.
  • This book is action packed and there is constant suspense and cat-and-mouse chase that had me on the edge of my seat. I was anxious and excited to know what happened next.
  • This book is also surprisingly very emotional. The last thing I expected from this book was to make me teary eyed. And it did. I was surprised how invested I got into Atlee and Mercy’s story. I cared for the sisters deeply. After learning Mercy’s story how couldn’t I feel for her? I felt the sister’s pain and was praying wholeheartedly for their reunion.
  • This book feels like a Hollywood action movie. Usually I’m not a fan of those kind of stories, but it worked well with this book.

I would absolutely recommend this book. It was highly engaging and also incredibly emotional at times. Overall, a great thriller in my opinion. Can’t wait to read more books by David Baldacci!

My Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars

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