Title: No Mercy (Ellery Hathaway #2)
Author: Joanna Schaffhausen
Stars: 4 stars
I will say this isn't a stand alone novel but the author does an ok job of catching readers up on what happened in the first book but I feel it would be easier to under the story if readers read the first book in the series.
The story takes time to develop and for new readers to the series it might make it difficult to get though the first several chapters. The story is full of anxiety, tension and a mystery that will have readers wonder what could happen next. The romance between Ellery and Reed takes it times it starts to develop. Readers will enjoy the change in their relationship and excited to see how things develop throughout the series.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Minotaur Books for the advance copy of Joanna Schaffhausen No Mercy
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.
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Minotaur Books
Joanna Schaffhausen wields a mean scalpel, sharp skills she developed in her years studying neuroscience. She has a doctorate in psychology, which reflects her long-standing interest in the brain―how it develops and the many ways it can go wrong. Previously, she worked as a scientific editor in the field of drug development. Prior to that, she was an editorial producer for ABC News, writing for programs such as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and 20/20. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter.