by Mary Anne Barker
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Mercedes Thompson is a simple Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington, but then maybe she isn’t so simple since she has the ability to take the form of a coyote at will. She is also surrounded by supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires, and fae.
In Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs latest Mercy Thompson novel, Mercy sets out just to get chocolate chips and eggs to make chocolate chip cookies and chaos happens. She is attacked and kidnapped by the most powerful vampire in the world and is taken far away from home and friends. Being Mercy she escapes, but then finds herself far from home without clothes or money. And if you have ever traveled and forgotten anything or been evacuated in a hurry, you’re wincing in sympathetic pain. This book is a rollercoaster ride, and it starts with a huge drop.
I was very impressed with how well Mercy coped with being so far outside her comfort zone. But it was helpful that Charles (one of the many werewolves in her life), sometime in the past had given her a blue print of what to do. And yes sometimes the kindness of strangers absolutely touches your heart and leaves you humbled.
We get much more of Adam’s point of view this time. Most of the books have been primarily from Mercy’s point of view. But in this one, to round out the action you need Adam, to see what’s going on to help recover Mercy, and their strategic thinking and planning.
The master vampire is responding to something that happened in the previous book “Fire Touched.” He was combining concern over repercussions, testing vulnerabilities, and pushing boundaries all at once. Then trying to use other people to fix what he has let go wrong…way too convoluted and byzantine.
I enjoyed the book a lot. I do love both the series that Patricia Briggs has in this world very much, and I look forward each year to next book. Patricia Briggs books just keep getting better and better, more depth and passion. Mostly people working together and trying to build better lives and married couples working through problems to become better partners. Yes, this is a paranormal world, but people are people, some nice, some not so nice, and some that just need to be eliminated.
Though Patricia Briggs did sneak a total surprise in on me. Caught me flat footed, going what?!? Even when I re-read the books, I only went “sneaky author.”
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