The Mercy Thompson books are on my "auto buy" list. I've stuck with this series for a long time (I mean, Silence Fallen is book #10 of this series and it's still going strong) and don't plan on quitting any time soon. I went out and bought this one when it was released in March of last year...and yet I only JUST finished it. And, to add insult to injury, I listened to the audiobook from my library rather than read the hardcover I purchased almost a year ago. Whoops.
So why the delay? Well, to be fair, I did try to read my hardback copy when it first came out. I was surprised to find that Silence Fallen is written from both Mercy's and Adam's POVs. I don't much care for alternating chapters of different POVs...so that coupled with the fact that I probably wasn't in the mood for an urban fantasy made me put this one down last year.
Cue 2018 and the husband and I are getting ready to move house to a couple of states away and I don't really want to move books I don't plan on keeping. Yet, rather than pick up my hardback, I decided to listen to it. As an audiobook it was ok -- two voice actors read the story which was a nice way of differentiating between Mercy and Adam. I managed to finish it this time via the audiobook so I guess it was good for that purpose (even if I found it hard to listen to voices interpret the stories I've voiced on my own for years).
I was really wavering on what to rate Silence Fallen. The two POVs threw me off because Briggs hasn't used that device (that I can remember) in any of the earlier books. Also, the timeline is not linear either so it was a bit confusing keeping Mercy's timeline location and Adam's timeline location straight in my head. Add to that a ton of backstabbing and a variety of characters and Silence Fallen just seemed too busy. Based on the story alone I'd probably lean more towards a 3.0 or a 3.5 star rating for this installment of the Mercy Thompson books. The fact that it's characters I love (more Stefan, though, please) and a world that I love bumps it up to a 4.0 rating.