[Review] MERCY (A Ball & Chain Thriller, Book 1) (The Ball & Chain Thriller Series) by John W. Mefford

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The torment builds and builds and builds…. He can’t deny it.
But in what form will the pressure erupt?

Cooper Chain isn’t just down on his luck — he’s almost down for the count. The mob wants a piece of him, and he sees no way out.

It’s a special week for Willow Ball, a woman who’s survived her own tribulations to reach this milestone in her life.

Through fate — or a temporary misalignment of the stars — Willow and Cooper cross paths for the first time since college. Will an unexpected spark re-ignite the flame?

A shattering discovery changes everything for Willow and Cooper. The murder is unlike any other. But what will the cops do about it?

Attacks ensure, chaos ruptures a family . . . Through it all, how can Willow and Cooper find the killer?

But it’s not over. As the bodies pile up, a pattern develops and it rocks Willow and Cooper to the core.

And then someone emerges after a three-decade disappearance. Could he be connected to this string of murders?

The past might provide the breadcrumbs to end this nightmare. But Willow and Cooper may not live long enough to see it through.

Will mercy save a life or end many?

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If you’re a fan of Michael Connelly’s Ballard and Bosch, David Baldacci’s King and Maxwell, Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles, and the TV show “Castle,” then you’ll be sucked into this first, page-turning Ball & Chain thriller.

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Readers are saying…

“MERCY is full of suspense and sass. An exciting, mind-blowing adventure.”

“Willow Ball and Cooper Chain are flawed and funny, yet so very real in how they deal with the heart-pounding curve balls.”

“You’ll be enthralled by the gripping story, and you’ll laugh out loud from the snarky interactions between Willow and Cooper. I hope this is the first of many killer Ball & Chain adventures.”

“The most original new thriller series out there!”

About the Author

Amazon #1 Bestselling Author, #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble, and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner.

John W. Mefford has been writing his debut novel since he first entered the work force almost thirty years ago, although he never put words on paper until 2009. Once he started writing, however, he couldn’t stop. Many readers ask John from where he gets his ideas. Well, he’s a veteran of the corporate rat-race, a former journalist, and he’s always been an astute observer of human and social behavior. On top of that, he’s really good at embellishing.

A member of International Thriller Writers, John writes novels full of electrifying suspense — the same types of books he has loved to read since before he could shave.

When he’s not writing, he chases his youth on bike or a basketball court, all while making mental
notes of people and societies across the land.

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I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

I am still riding on the coat tails of Mefford’s Redemption Series, and it did take me a while to get into this story. I have read 24 books featuring Alex Troutt et Al, that I found myself waiting for her to appear.

Cooper Chain and Willow Ball dated some 18 years ago in college and haven’t seen each other since. Until he walks into a bridal store to drop off some magazines and sees her. Willow is getting married to some rich guy whilst Cooper with a huge 50k debt loan to some questionable people is just making ends meet. It is clear she still holds a grudge for how things ended between them all those years ago, but there is also a slight spark between them despite their years apart.

They decide to meet to catch up but end up getting involved in the investigation of Willow’s cousin death – a death that they just so happened to disturb the “culprit” leaving them fighting him off only to then discover the body of her cousin.

What ensues is true to Mefford’s style, a killer with a connection, trouble at every turn and questions that you are desperate to get answered.

I will always miss Alex, but I have found a new love in Willow and Copper, and I can’t wait to see where Mefford is going to take this pair, and I am eagerly awaiting book 2!



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I am Fee, a 30 -something SAHM bookworm! I love to read, and will read almost anything and everything. I am not afraid to try new genres of books and my main genre is horror, thriller.

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