Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Deadly Echoes

Deadly Echoes
(Finding Sanctuary)
Nancy Mehl
(Bethany House Publishers)
ISBN: 978-0764211584
February 2014/336 pages/$14.99

After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller's life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah's joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn't know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.

As she learns more about Hannah's death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents' murder. Sarah enlists Paul's help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul's concern encourages Sarah's growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide--even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.

Read an excerpt.


Nancy Mehl is the author of eighteen books and received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Missouri where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. Visit her website at www.nancymehl.com.


Although I didn't read the first book in this series (Gathering Shadows), Deadly Echoes is a stand-alone so I had no problem connecting with it. The opening paragraphs seared my heart and made my heart pound, and I was swept into this tale. Some of Mehl's earlier books, while enjoyable, tended to drag a bit and contain extraneous details, but this book has none of those issues. Mehl balances suspenseful moments and heart-wrenching flashbacks with satisfying relational interactions to produce a compelling story difficult to put down. Now I want to go back and read Gathering Shadows, and I'll be watching for the third book, Rising Darkness, coming in November.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Nancy Mehl and Bethany House Publishers as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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1 comment:

Beth said...

Another must read for me. So many books, not enough hours in the day!(or night)

Thanks for the great reviews!