Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Whispers From the Dead - Review + Giveaway

Whispers from the Dead by Karen Ann Hopkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some Amish communities aren't so cozy.
Whispers From The Dead is the powerful and thrilling sequel to Lamb to the Slaughter, in the Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets.
Sheriff Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are once again partnered up in a criminal investigation, when they travel to a northern Amish settlement that has been riddled by arsons for the past two decades. Serenity quickly discovers that there is much more going on than just barns being set on fire in the touristy community, and that the new group of Amish has their own secrets to hide. She begins to unravel an extensive criminal underworld that threatens to destroy everything that the simple people of Poplar Springs hold dear and once again puts her own life in jeopardy.
And even though Serenity tries desperately to avoid it, things begin heating up between her and Daniel, making her wonder if true love and happiness are really within her grasp.

My Thoughts:

Before starting this review I went back to read the review I wrote last May for the first book Lamb to the Slaughter. In it I go on about how I'm so glad that it's a series, that it was one of the greatest murder mysteries that I had read in a while and that Serenity and Daniel are a perfect duo.

Not that I needed a reminder on that last one.
From the first chapter I was reminded how much I loved the two. I also realized how much I'd missed them.
So much so that in hindsight I'm kind of surprised they didn't make it in any of my 2014 lists.

This time around we only get the story from Serenity's point of view, as opposed to the first where we even hear from the victim. As much as I did like jumping around from character to character, it was much more interesting staying in Serenity's head. Especially since she had so much going through it. We get to see more of her emotions and regrets. And also what drives and motivates her.

I love the portrayal of the Amish communities; they're like different worlds. The Amish characters themselves are greatly written, it feels like so much thought went to even the simplest of characters.


About Karen Ann Hopkins:
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.
Tour Schedule:

Lamb to the Slaughter
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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.

Contest Info:
We have a really exciting prize package for this tour, so make sure to follow along for more chances to win every day! What’s up for grabs:

• 5 e-copies of Lamb to the Slaughter, Book 1 of Serenity’s Plain Secrets
• 5 e-copies of Whispers from the Dead, Book 2 of Serenity’s Plain Secrets
• A traditional Amish style hand stitched wall hanging/lap quilt

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Tuesday, January 20th - Curling Up With A Good Book
Wednesday, January 21st - So Bookalicious
Thursday, January 22nd - Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, January 23rd - Lose Time Reading & Books i View
Monday, January 26th - Unabridged Bookshelf
Tuesday, January 27h - Andi's Book Reviews
Wednesday, January 28th - Little Miss Drama Queen
Thursday, January 29th - Tien's Blurb
Friday, January 30th Christy Howell Books
Monday, February 2nd - Actin' Up with Books & Page Turners Blog
Tuesday, February 3rd - Once Upon A Twilight
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  1. I can't wait to start this series. I have yet read anything by Karen yet.

    1. I hope you like it. I prefer it to her Temptation series but that's a completely different type of story and also good.