Publishers Weekly

An enticing, full-blown whodunit . . . a first-rate effort displaying skill, sensitivity, and grace.

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Mercy Creek challenges cherished assumptions about rural communities, particularly the belief that life is simple there . . . While his small-town characters are far from idealized, [Matthews] isn't afraid to celebrate their decency as he bares their flaws.

John Buchanan, publisher emeritus, The Christian Century

Readers of Mercy Creek will be captivated by this story of scandal and intrigue, judgment and fear, cowardice and fortitude, as young Isaac navigates the waters of a turbulent summer . . . Matt Matthews offers stunning characters and relationships in this remarkable first novel.