Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lamb to the Slaughter - Review + Giveaway

Lamb to the Slaughter by Karen Ann Hopkins
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published March 14th 2014

Some Amish communities aren't so cozy.

Lamb to the Slaughter is a story about the intertwining lives of three unlikely people in an Indiana Amish Community and the devastating results when a rebellious teenage girl is found shot to death in a corn field during the harvest.

Serenity Adams is the newly elected young sheriff in the country town of Blood Rock and besides dealing with the threatening behavior of her predecessor, she now has a dead Amish girl on her plate. At first glance, the case seems obvious. The poor girl was probably accidently shot during hunting season, but when the elders of the Amish community and even the girl’s parents react with uncaring subdued behavior, Serenity becomes suspicious. As she delves deeper into the secretive community that she grew up beside, she discovers a gruesome crime from the past that may very well be related to the Amish girl’s shooting.

Serenity enlists the help of the handsome bad-boy building contractor, Daniel Bachman, who left the Amish when he was nineteen and has his own dark reasons to help the spunky sheriff solve the crime that the family and friends who shunned him are trying desperately to cover up. Serenity’s persistence leads her to a stunning discovery that not only threatens to destroy her blossoming romance with Daniel, but may even take her life in the end.

Lamb to the Slaughter is book one of Serenity's Plain Secrets.

My thoughts:

I once saw a performance of Romeo and Juliet (it was a 1940's zoot suit version so of course I loved it) and told someone afterwards that by the end I was so caught up in the story that I had forgotten how it's suppose to end because I was really hoping for a happy ending.

That's how I felt reading Naomi's part of the story.
Even though it starts with her death when we're taken back to the events weeks before knowing well what was coming I still found myself hoping she's get a happy ending.

Yes, we do get a point of view from the victim, which is pretty awesome. That's the an angle you get in most murder mysteries. Not while it switches back to the people trying to solve the murder, anyway.
I have to say the switching between characters is what really got me into the story. Normally in some books that do that with some characters I start wondering if I can just skip over their chapters completely because I can't stand their point of view; but with this each one is written so well that I loved them all equally.

I'm so glad that this is going to be a series; because it's one of the greatest murder mysteries that I've read in a long time.
With all the twist and the secrets I couldn't change the page fast enough. And the Amish community! This is not the Amish we meet in Hopkins' other books. I loved the darkness to it, which in reality is just them protecting themselves but I had to ask myself just how far will they go to protect one another.

Serenity and Daniel are the perfect duo I look forward to spending more time with them. And I can't even find the words to describe their relationship.

I loved the sparks between them. Definitely one worth cheering for.

For a limited time, Lamb to the Slaughter is available for $2.99 from Amazon and Barnes & Noble so get your copy now!

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About the Author:
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

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• A $100 Amazon Gift Card
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• A traditional Amish style hand stitched wall hanging/lap quilt with the lone star pattern in country colors

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  1. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    It's so awesome that this novel was both perfectly plotted with the suspense and twists and mystery but also focused on characterization and characters you connected with!

    LOVE that there's a romance too :)

    Lovely review!! :)

    Thank you :)

  2. Thanks for the awesome review! I love a good mystery and this sounds like it has the makings of a fabulous book that will suck you in from the very beginning! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Wow, Love the review! It sounds like a fascinating read being that it gives the victims account. Can't wait to read this!

  4. This does sound so amazing!!

  5. Romance AND mystery??? I'm going to be In Heaven with this book! :-)