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 was an incredible read! The book swept me into the story from page one and I could not put it down. I am ready to barrel through the rest of the trilogy and am counting down the days to the final book. Ms. Wiehl uses such fantastic writing to make the reader feel like they're witnessing the story. It was so good at times I felt like I was watching a movie. The suspense was intense and the story had my hands sweating and my heart pounding. Definitely on my top 10 list of best books ever!
"Darkness Rising" is the second book in the East Salem series and the sequel to "Waking Hours". It is supernatural thriller that has a Frank Peretti ring to it. There are angels and there are demons and people carrying out their plans.
I always like to read books that are in a series in order and in this case I highly recommend reading book one first.
In this book, forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris and private investigator Tommy Gunderson continue in the quest to find the truth of what is happening at St. Adrian's Academy. As they delve even deeper into the mysteries that surround the school, they discover that the truth is far more encompassing than they thought. Supernatural influences have had a stronghold for generations. Dani and Tommy are wondering who they can trust and battle with demons in a showdown of good verses evil.
The thing that I didn't like about the book is that it goes too deep into medicine and psychology for me. Someone with more understanding in those fields would enjoy it much more.
This is the second book of a trilogy. The last book, "Final Tide" is due out in September of 2013.
I do recommend this book. It is skillfully written, engaging and absorbing. Even though the subject is heavy there are moments that made me laugh. And yes there is romance as the relationship between Danny and former classmate, professional football player, and now Private I Tommy Gunndersonwho Dani hires for $1.00 per year, is growing.
I received this bookthrough Booksneaze. I was not required to write a positive review.
A departure from the style and genre of the successful Triple Threat novels written with April Henry, the first book in this new series written by Fox News Correspondent Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson is no less of a thrill.
It's probably no surprise that there is a supernatural undertone throughout this book since it is set in a sleepy East Coast town named Salem, and at first glance that concerns me (thinking the book is going to be a rehashing of tales from similar settings). Fortunately the plot doesn't end there. This has a real element of suspense with just a bit more than a touch of the supernatural evil that is popular in publishing today.
I really enjoyed the book, and though it is not quite as good as Lis' other series, it has me waiting for the sequel--which by the way the book ends, looks to be even better than the first in the series. I am giving this book a strong 4 stars.
See for yourself what the book is all about (no spoilers):
The DA has called Forensic Psychiatrist Dani Harris in to help unravel the mystifying case of a gruesome
murder that apparently took place at a high school party. The twisted circumstances surrounding the case leave everyone including Dani wondering how a seemingly normal teen could have pulled it off.
Tommy Gunderson, former NFL player and local boy come home is having his own set of unexplainable circumstances across town at his very secure estate. How could his state of the art security system have been breached by an elderly woman mumbling what seems to be Latin phrases, and where did she get the strength to attack him like that?
Soon Tommy's own problems are eclipsed when a boy he has been helping is accused of the party murder. Insistent on proving the boy's innocence, Tommy inserts himself into the case and back into the life of Dani, the girl he found quite interesting back in High School.
When Dani and Tommy team up to figure out what really happened they are going to get much more than they bargained for...with the case and with whatever it is that is going on between them. And just how does the attack at Tommy's house fit into the answer?
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Hold on to your hats and your seats...Lis Wiehl grips you from the first page until the last paragraph! Intense, gripping and you seriously can't put it down!
"Welcome to East Salem. A deceptively sleepy town where ancient supernatural forces are being awakened."
This story starts off with a local high school girl being brutally murdered and forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris is on the case. This go from weird to completely shocking. Then enter former NFL linebacker, and former love interest to Dani Harris, Tommy Gunderson. As they are investigating the murder it seems as though all of the suspects are teenagers and one in particular is very close to Tommy. As Tommy is looking into the murder he doesn't always like what he is finding out.
"It will take an astute analysis and forensic skills to solve the crime. But Dani and Tommy suspect there's more to the mystery than murder, more to their growing friendship than chance...and more to the evil they're facing than a mere human killer."
Fantastic book from beginning to end...a definite must read!
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