Book Title: Her Name is Mercie
Author: Chris Roy
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
This is an adult book with dark themes and components of horror, suitable for mature teenagers age 17+
Trigger warnings: graphic violence, police killing
Praise for Her Name is Mercie
Roy delivers on the edge of your seat storytelling with rough edges, crooked cops and a tiny light at the end of the tunnel that is never quite extinguished.
— Tom Vater, co–founder of Crime Wave Press.
Her Name Is Mercie is a fast furious ride into an inferno of the highest tension you are likely to encounter this year. Where noir meets thriller, toss a coin. Dive in. And unplug your phones, pcs tablets and keep reading deeper and deeper, until the final pages.
— Richard Godwin, author of Apostle Rising.
I’m not normally a dark, horror reader but this collection of stories intrigued me.
Mercie’s story is heartbreaking. Her parents are killed, she loses their house and then becomes a bank robber so that she can support herself. Mercie is filled with rage and I don’t think anyone could blame her. While her methods aren’t legal, you can understand what is driving her. She has nowhere to go and no one to help her- well almost. She has Kermit, who is a fantastic person to have at your back.
This is very relevant right now as so many people are losing family members, their homes and are just trying to make ends meet. So while the circumstances are different, the situations are the same. While Mercie isn’t a traditional hero, you’re rooting for her nonetheless.
Additionally, there are 4 short stories that are each a bit darker than you expect but are still great reads on their own.
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: https://www.amazon.com/Chris-Roy/e/B00MF6LCHM
Chris Roy on Off the Chain Radio: https://t.co/brwaz5KFPp?amp=1