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4 Stars Out Of 5
Pretty amazing book
July 7, 2015
Waking 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.
Waking 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.
Good 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.