"A powerful novel that shows how one event could change everything."
Reviewed by Jaime Zalinski
Posted November 21, 2011
Fiction Adventure | Thriller Crime
A small town seems to have a soul all its own. Each member
of the community provides a piece of the personality. Each
person has their own life and issues but it all affects the
town as a whole. RAIN FALLS LIKE MERCY is an intriguing book
that follows a community through trying times for the town
and turbulent events for the entire world.
As a history lover, I usually lean towards the Medieval and
Victorian eras when I pick up a historical fiction to read.
I sometimes forget that times not so far gone can be just as
exciting and interesting to dive into. This novel begins
in a small town in Wyoming before the attack on Pearl
Harbor. As time progresses, the reader follows numerous
members of the community as the attack and the United States
involvement in World War II change their lives forever.
Reasons and motives range from pride and honor down to greed
for a profit. Even with so many story lines to follow the
book flows smoothly and consistently from person to person.
Expect a high emotional attachment to the characters no
matter if they are the good, the shady, or the down right
evil. The best part of the novel for me was the realistic
feeling I drew from the story line. The situations the
characters deal with could happen in any town across
America. The variety of personalities you come across
represents the mixing pot of people we could meet on any
city street. Some are good, some are bad, but most struggle
to keep the balance of staying inbetween.
RAIN FALLS LIKE MERCY is a perfect book for the history
lover who wants to feel how it was to live in small town USA
during World War II. The emotion is strong and the stories
are deep. There is a perfect balance of action, suspense,
surprise, love and hate. This is the type of book that will
have you waiting at the edge of your seat until you to find
out how it will all end.
Set against the sweeping backdrop of World War II, Rain
Falls Like Mercy is a gripping depiction of a family and a
country touched by the grand violence of war, the senseless
violence of crime, and the intimate violence of the heart.
In the tradition of true crime narratives like In Cold
Blood, acclaimed author Jack Todd’s new novel grips the
reader from the first page, and as it spans continents and
generations of one family, its taut and shocking
undercurrent of violence builds to a stunning crescendo.
Todd’s first novel, Sun Going Down, which introduced the
Paint family, won praise from reviewers and major authors
like Michael Korda and Michael Blake. His second novel, Come
Again No More, recounted the Paints’ saga of triumph and
tragedy through the Great Depression, inspiring the Ottawa
Citizen to label Todd “a first-rate novelist with a tender
Rain Falls Like Mercy opens with the murder investigation of
a young girl in Wyoming in mid 1941. Almost overnight, the
case is derailed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Bobby mans an antiaircraft gun during the attack. Tom is
deployed to England to fly bombers, still trying to pursue
his murder investigation. His suspicion falls on Pardo Bury,
the psychotic son of a wealthy rancher in Wyoming.
As Pardo and Tom make their ways to their inevitable and
shattering confrontation, Rain Falls Like Mercy displays
Todd’s uncanny ability to zero in on his characters’
emotional lives while simultaneously painting a sweeping
picture of the historical events that shape their destinies.
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