Mercy, an angel in exile, is kept off-balance by the knowledge that on the whim of a higher power she can be plopped in any human body of any age at any time in history. The only common thread is that a blindingly bright being, Luc, offers her guidance in her dreams. As an angel, Mercy is expected to observe but not interfere in the course of earthly events but her strong sense of justice prevents her from abiding by that mandate.
Today Mercy finds herself inside the body of Carmen, a talented but socially awkward teenager with the best soprano voice in the region. Tiffany, whose voice ranks second, takes every song as a personal competition and, followed closely by her snobbish posse, intimidates Carmen at every turn. Their high school choir joins three other area choirs in the sleepy town of Paradise for a cultural exchange that will culminate in a concert intended to challenge even the best voices. As part of the exchange, each teen is a guest at the home of a host family. Carmen (Mercy) is placed in the home of the dreamy but deeply frustrated Ryan whose twin sister has been missing for two years. Through Mercy’s paranormal ability to see into the life of anyone she touches, she discovers that Lauren is alive and being held captive somewhere in Paradise. Despite Luc’s strong warnings, Mercy is compelled to help Ryan find Lauren. As they search for Lauren another singer is kidnapped. The author offers enough red herrings to keep readers guessing as to the abductor until his identify is finally revealed. Mercy’s instinctive response to that revelation will pleasurably surprise and startle readers.
In Mercy, Rebecca Lim takes on the difficult challenge of writing in the intimate first person point of view. She struggles in the early chapters as Mercy tries to introduce herself without being fully aware of her own true identity and as Mercy awakens and tries to get her bearings in yet another human body. Once Mercy becomes immersed in her new mission the author’s struggle ends. Readers will reach a point where they will be unable to put Mercy down. Reluctant readers may be encouraged to push through the beginning if they consider it to be Mercy’s profile page on a social networking site where self-promotion and the copious use of “I” is conventional. The ending will leave readers eagerly awaiting the sequel.