Saturday, December 16, 2017

Best of: Whispers from the Dead by Karen Ann Hopkins - Book Review

Originally Posted: January 28, 2015

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.

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