Cover Crush: Blue Mercy by Orna Ross

Blue Mercy

Will you identify with mother or with daughter?

When Mercy Mulcahy was 40 years old, she was accused of killing her elderly and tyrannical father. Now, at the end of her life, she has written a book about what really happened on that fateful night of Christmas Eve, 1989.

The tragic and beautiful Mercy has devoted her life to protecting Star, especially from the father whose behavior so blighted her own life. Yet Star vehemently resists reading her manuscript.

Why? What is Mercy hiding? Was her father’s death, as many believe, an assisted suicide?

Or something even more sinister?

In this book, nothing is what it seems on the surface and everywhere there are emotional twists and surprises. (“Breathtaking, and I mean literally — actual gasps will happen” said one reader review).

Set in Ireland and California, Blue Mercy is a compelling novel that combines lyrical description with a page-turning style to create an enthralling tale of love, loss and the ever-present possibility of redemption.

Thoughts on the cover

Right away my eye was drawn to this cover. Before even reading the description my mind automatically though “oh, there is going to be darkness and mystery within these pages!” and, after reading it, I knew I was right. The foggy and rain-spattered cover serves to not only obscure the woman (is this Mercy? Or Star? Or someone else perhaps?) but to evoke a feeling of sadness and tears. I instantly want to know who that mystery woman is and what she is walking away from. This is the kind of cover I stop and do a double take for every time!

My initial rating based on cover: 4.0/5.0

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