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    A good mystery

    Cry for Mercy introduces readers to Detective Inspector Eleanor Raven. A brilliant and clever detective, who, it's fair to say has secrets in her private life which come close to the surface, as she investigates the murder of two young women, whose deaths have links to the BDSM scene, a cold case and possibly Eleanor herself. And as starts to series go, I quite enjoyed this one, and certainly Eleanor Raven is not your usual detective. But honestly, I couldn't make up my mind if I actually liked her or not. Yet, there's no denying it was a good mystery, and there were plenty of procedural details, and the author certainly kept me guessing, and I was engaged throughout, but I wasn't hooked, and frankly, I have put this story down a few times over the past week. However, the lure of the killer has kept me coming back, and I'm genuinely glad I did. Would recommend. **I was kindly provided with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
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    Twisty crime thriller

    Shocking introduction of the main character Detective Eleanor Raven. Lots of drama & enjoyed this well written story with great characters including Monster, the German Shephard, adding humor to this police procedural. Will look for the next in the series. RECOMMEND. Thanks to NetGalley & Bookouture for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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    A thrilling start to a new series

    If this book sounds familiar to you, it was first published under the title The Safe Word, back in 2014. I do like this title better, but it’s new one, Cry For Mercy, still fits in well with the theme of the story. This is the first book in the series, featuring DI Eleanor Raven and it is a ripper! The first chapter was eye opening and not what I expected at all. It is not everyday you read a book where the main protagonist has a secret life that is so far removed from her day job and it is this, that makes this book a standout for me above other female lead police procedurals. Eleanor Raven is a very interesting character, but I have to admit that I did struggle to connect with her. I can’t fault the way she has been written and it is only book one, so I am hoping that this will change in future books as I get to know her more. I did enjoy the supporting cast, who play out their roles well. This is the first book I have read from Karen Long and I enjoyed her style. She was able to draw me in and hold my attention and it’s intriguing storyline with it’s cat and mouse approach, makes for an entertaining read. The subject matter won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it is not too graphic or overdone in any way. Cry For Mercy is a gripping series opener, that will have you flicking the pages well into the night. It is dark, twisted, well written and will take you on one chilling roller coaster ride! I look forward to seeing where the second instalment will take DI Eleanor Raven next.
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    A great start to a new series!

    Cry For Mercy Cry For Mercy was undoubtedly not what I was expecting, but in the best way possible! I just finished it moments ago and couldn't wait to type up my review! This expertly written piece of writing was even better than my wildest expectations. Karen Long is now on my list of one-click authors, and after having read this first book in the series, I can't wait for book two! Straight from the first chapter, we’re thrown deep, deep into DI Eleanor Raven’s psyche, her lifestyle, and career, and I believe we've only just scratched the surface! Cry For Mercy takes us on a journey to uncover one serial killer’s twisted motives for murdering women, opening up many lines of questioning most books daren't touch. When women begin popping up dead, dolled up, and left out ceremoniously displayed for all to see, Detective Raven knows she has her work cut out for her. Author Karen Long has done a phenomenal job bringing her characters alive, from her internally strong, driven female protagonist Eleanor Raven right down to Monster and his K9 ways! I quickly lost track of time racing through these pages. I don't want to give too much away as this is one of those best going in blind situations! The book’s description gives us quite a bit, yet there's so much more beneath the surface of this utterly fascinating must-read of 2020! Do yourself a favor and set up a blind date between the pages of Cry For Mercy! I'd recommend this read to every thriller fan, everywhere, as long as you don't mind a little BDSM! Many thanks to NetGalley, the author Karen Long, and the publishers at Bookouture. I have honestly and voluntarily reviewed this title.
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    twists and turns

    I reviewed this book under the title of Cry for Mercy. ( it has also been published under The Safe Word. ) Cry For Mercy is a great start to a new series with Detective Eleanor Raven and her rookie partner Laurence Whitefoot. ( He even comes with the best dog Monster) . Eleanor and her team are scrambling to find out who is killing and then posing all these victims and why. I love the fact that it takes place in Toronto. There were twists and turns and clues left , some I missed and the ending was excellent. Pages flew by. I look forward to seeing these characters develop in the next of the series. Can't wait.

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