Book Review – Bone Crossed

Mercy Thompson #4

Coyote shape-shifter Mercy has a run in with a vengeful vampire, some ghosts, and her own trauma from what happened in the previous book. But Mercy is tough, intelligent, and resourceful so instead of letting the bad guys win, she takes the situation in her own little paws and handles it.

My favorite thing about Patricia Briggs’ writing is that she has the ability to expertly bridge one book to the next without any major shifts in narrative. She’s a great story teller and everything that goes in on the Mercy-world is interlinked and vital to the storyline later on.

Mercy is a great protagonist and a wonderful role model for women. She’s spent her whole life in a world where she’s the smallest, least powerful creature yet she has a great balance of independence, softness, and badass wrapped into this little coyote package. She’s an auto mechanic – a career that’s predominantly male – and she runs her own shop and she’s really, really good at it. She’s strong and smart and even though the Alpha of the local pack has his eyes on her (romantically), she doesn’t feel the need to swoon or paw for his attentions. She does her thing and stays true to herself the whole way.

Now that Mercy and Adam are moving ever closer to sealing the deal, things are heating up but they do take it slow due to what happened at the end of the last book. Adam is sweet and tender, and he shows great care and concern for Mercy’s mental and sexual health. I applaud Briggs’ bringing attention to the necessary mental care for women who’ve suffered through violent sexual acts. It’s important to discuss how victims feel afterwards and Briggs’ choosing to describe Mercy’s struggles with fear and panic attacks after what happened to her was responsible and appreciated. Rape appears in many books, but it’s not very common that an author follows up with realistic writing that addresses the struggle of the aftermath for the victims.

The story itself was great. I love books with lots of paranormal/fantastical elements and this one has a bunch. Ghosts, vampires, fey, weres, and even a sort-of-zombie. The mystery is a pretty good one and everything wraps up at the end very nicely.

There’s also a little bit of a hearing impaired nod. The son of one of the characters is deaf and uses sign language.

Overall, I really loved this book. It was another big hit in my Patricia Briggs adventure and I cannot wait to read the rest.

Overall, I give it a 5 out of 5.

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