Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson)
by Patricia Briggs
Cover Artist: Daniel Dos Santos
Review by Gayle Surrette
Ace Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425281277
Date: 07 March 2017 List Price $27.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Mercy was making chocolate chip cookies for the rest of the pack, since she'd gotten killed by her stepdaughter, Jessie, in the pirate game the pack was playing. Since her home was also pack HQ, ingredients often went missing. Naturally, a quick trip to the closest convenience store was required. Unfortunately, leaving the parking lot a huge semi broadsided her SUV. Next thing Mercy knows she's waking up in a bare room, sore, cold, and fuzzy-headed with two vampires who want answers.
It doesn't take long to sort out that she's been kidnapped by the Lord of the Night, Master of Milan. He's got a reputation and it's ... well let's say he makes Voldermort look like a good guy. Mercy knows she has to escape as soon as possible while she's still got some strength. Luckily they seem to be missing some important information about her and she manages to escape the compound.
So, Mercy is alone in a foreign country with no money, no clothes, no passport, and needing to get as far away from Milan and its vampire ruler as possible. Meanwhile, Adam is frantic that he can't talk to Mercy through the mate bond or pack bond and her car is crushed and there's blood, lots and lots of blood, her blood all over the front seats.
Normally, the Mercy Thompson novels are told through her point of view. In Silence Fallen, we finally get inside Adam's head as he looks for his wife. The chapters alternate between Mercy and Adam and there's notes from Mercy at the start of the chapters to help the reader keep the timeline straight, or mostly straight, as some events are near contemporaneous or overlaping in time but not location.
When the book starts off with an accident causing the near-death of Mercy as part of a kidnapping, you know that you'd best plan to read the book in one sitting, because there are very few places where you can put the book down until you get to the final page.
This is the tenth book in the Mercy Thompson series and, while not the best book to start with, it does have a Cast of Characters list where beside the character name there is a short description of who they are and how they fit in the universe. There's also information in the text to give backstory so new readers won't be completely lost. But why rob yourself of the joy of starting at the beginning and working up to Silence Fallen.
For fans of the series, you know what to expect and Silence Fallen does not disappoint.