• Title: Her Name is Mercie
  • Author: Chris Roy
  • Publisher: Near to the Knuckle on May 26, 2018
  • Genre: Crime Thriller/Horror
  • Pages: 164
  • Format: Paperback & Kindle edition
  • Rating: 5/5

Many thanks to Blackthorn Book Tours, Chris Roy, and Near to the Knuckle for providing me with a digital copy of Her Name is Mercie in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Trigger Warnings: Murder, Gun Violence, Violence, Graphic Gore

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Her Name is Mercie Blurb

Mercie Hillbrook lives a simple, quiet life working as a gas station attendant. Then her parents are killed. Her home is taken. The people responsible are excused for just doing their job. When an attempt to get justice her way lands her in trouble with the law, Mercie realizes she still has something to lose: her own life.

Then she finds reason to believe her parents were murdered… and she doesn’t care anymore.

Alongside this rollercoaster of a novella, this book includes 4 very dark short stories.

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My Review

Chris Roy paints a vivid picture of murder and revenge in Her Name is Mercie. All I felt through the whole novella was outrage at the injustice forced upon Mercie. But, she deals with her fate on her terms and takes no guff from anyone.

My favorite character in the story is Kermit. I loved him so much. He is wily and street smart. He comes to the rescue more than once and does it with flair. His attitude is that nothing can hurt him, and even with his life on the line, he comes through.

I will admit that I wanted more from this story. It is fantastic like it is, but there are things that I want to know. For example, why is Mercie not using her degree? But, to be honest, this is my strange curiosity coming through and nothing to do with the actual story.

There are four short stories added to the end of the novella. I am not going to review those as they are of the horror genre, and that is something that I can’t stomach. But I will say that I had a nightmare last night about the one with Pete. So, if you enjoy horror and gore, then you will love these as they are well-written, but not my cup of tea.

I am happy to award Her Name is Mercie 5 out of 5 stars. I am not taking into account the short stories and basing my grade only on the novella. I urge anyone who loves crime thrillers to read this novella as it is well-written and entertaining.

About the Author – Chris Roy

Chris Roy is the author of Shocking Circumstances, Sharp as a Razor, and Her Name Is Mercie. He is a published tattoo artist (Rise Tattoo Magazine, ATC Tattoo Books app) and the illustrator of two children’s books. Raised in South Mississippi, he lived comfortably with the criminal ventures of his youth until a fistfight in 1999 ended tragically. Since January, 2000, he’s been serving a life sentence in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Nowadays he lives his life of crime vicariously, through the edgy, fast-paced stories he pens, hoping to entertain readers. When he isn’t writing, he’s reading, tattooing or looking for prospects to train in boxing.

You can find Chris on Twitter @ChrisRoyCrime and on his Amazon Author Page.

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