Combining a father’s love for his Autistic son and the dangerous world of human trafficking, True Mercy by Idelle Kursman draws you in immediately, making it hard to stop reading.
An unassuming hero, Bruce Hitchens is thrust into the role of sole caregiver to his adult son, Adam, after his wife passes away. While still trying to get his footing in his new role, Marina, who has escaped from a human trafficking ring, shows up on his doorstep, scared and unsure of who to trust. The three of them embark on a journey that is both heartwarming and full of intrigue, as Bruce and Adam unknowingly become part of the seedy underbelly of human trafficking while trying to help Marina.
The story alternates between character viewpoints throughout the novel, which is done very well. Chapter length allows for the reader to follow each micro story into the next while retaining their place in the overall storyline. The character backstories are artfully weaved throughout to not give the reader too much at one time, allowing readers to empathize with the characters without becoming too uncomfortable with the content.
Striking a delicate balance between love story and intrigue, suspense and heartbreak, readers will become deeply attached to the main characters as they root for them to defeat the nefarious group of human traffickers. True Mercy leaves readers a bit unsure about the relationship between Bruce and Marina and where it is headed, but the unexpected twists and turns in the novel will leave the reader wanting to see more from this author.