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Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: East Salem Trilogy
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Welcome to East Salem. A deceptively sleepy town where ancient supernatural forces are being awakened.
A local high-school girl is found murdered in a park amid horse farms and the wealthy homes of northern Westchester County, New York. The shocking manner of her death intrigues forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris. All the suspects are teenagers who were at a party with the girlyet none remembers what happened. Could one of them be a vicious killer? Or is something more sinister afootsomething tied to an ancient evil?
Across town, former NFL linebacker Tommy Gunderson finds his state-of-the-art security system has been breached by an elderly woman. Mumbling threats in Latin, she attacks him with an uncanny, preternatural strength. Before he has time to process the attack, someone close to him is implicated in the girls murder at the park. He agrees to helpand finds himself working with Dani, the only girl who could resist his charm years ago when they were in high school.
A heavy darkness is spreading. Yet a heavenly force is also at work.
Dani and Tommy suspect theres more to the mystery than murder, more to their growing friendship than chance . . . and more to the evil theyre facing than a mere human killer.
Lis Wiehl is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels. She is a Harvard Law School graduate and has served as a federal prosecutor in the state of Washington and as a tenured faculty member at The University Washington School of Law. She is currently a popular legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel. Visit her online at www.liswiehlbooks.com, Facebook: Lis Wiehl, Fox News Legal Analyst and Author, Twitter: @LisWiehl
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Pretty amazing bookJuly 7, 2015alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Waking Hours is the first book in the East Salem trilogy.
Retired football player, now a budding private investigator, Tommy Gunderson, is determined to find out who murdered local girl Julie Lenord in what seems to be a ritual killing. Psychiatrist Dani Harris is drawn into the case through the DAs office. On a chance meeting, Dani runs into her high school crush Tommy, he convinces Dani to hire him to look into the case as her assistant.
As the two begin to dig deeper into Julies death, the investigation begins to takes several dark and disturbing turns. Dani begins to have vivid nightmares and finds herself waking up at 2:13 every night. Tommy encounters an old woman by his pond and raving about Satan.
I loved Tommy and Dani. They were very good as a couple. They worked so well together and the scenes with them working out their relationship was both heart-warming and heart-breaking.
These are new authors for me and I have to say that I was pretty impressed. I thought that they did a great job with all the storyline, the characters and the content. It was all well written and very believable. But really what drew me to this book was the old debate science vs faith. Dani & Tommy have several very well written discussions about the eerie things that are beginning to happen both to them and in the town. Tommy, being the one that has the deep faith, see these things as attacks from Satan, but Dani being the rational one trys to find logical explanations for these incidents, but the authors throw in things that she couldnt explain. I loved these twists, because I think thats how the enemy works. Using the natural world in unnatural ways.
The downside of this book I felt that while Tommy speaks of God and faith, for the most part he leaves prayer out. This bothers me very much because this book suggests that man can fight Satan in his own power. I hope that in the next book they will include the power of prayer and that the fight is really Gods.
Also there is a lot of techno talk about all the gadgets that Tommy buys. Sorry but I dont need an entire line to tell me its name or two paragraphs about what it can do. Keep it simple and move on.
Finally, a warning, if you find spooky & creepy disturbing this might not be the book for you, but if this subject matter doesn't bother you, I would encourage you to give this book a try.
KatyTennesseeGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Well-balanced suspenseMarch 9, 2014KatyTennesseeGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Waking Hours is an exciting and suspenseful beginning to the East Salem Trilogy. I can't wait to begin reading the second book, which is unusual for me. Normally, I like to wait a while before jumping back into a suspenseful series.
I like both Dani and Tommy, the main female and male characters, because they are both intelligent and not given to impulsive decisions or behavior. I also enjoy the little romantic element to their relationship.
Waking Hours is a many-layered novel. It seems very well-balanced to me. There are some creepy and gory scenes, but they are written with logic and not just put there for sensationalization.
lukeandlibbyPrescott, AZAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Held my interest throughout the storyJune 5, 2013lukeandlibbyPrescott, AZAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Good vs. evil is the core theme of this exciting book. Each character was interesting and believable. The more I learned about Dani and Tommy, the more invested I became in their survival. When I realized the book was close to ending I saw the second book was available and ordered it without hesitation. I'm looking forward to seeing where the story will go next. I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a good read that will keep them thinking long after they've finished the book.