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February 27, 2015

Deadly Echoes {Nancy Mehl}

deadly echoes
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 with 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 - event if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.

My Thoughts:
I'm not typically a fan of suspense, but this book was amazing. If it had been a movie, I would have watched it with my hands over my eyes.

The book gets right to the point in the beginning as we relive the murder of Sarah's parents. Then we learn quickly of Hannah's death. Sarah goes to Kansas City to retrieve her niece, and that is where the book gets impossible to put down.

Almost immediately Sarah sees the similarities in the murders of her sister and her parents. She tries to push the police to see it, but can't seem to get anyone to listen to her. Once she returns to her home in Sanctuary, Paul appears to be the only one that is willing to take her seriously.

Although Sarah is warned by many people in her life to leave the investigation alone, she simply will not rest until the truth behind her family's death is revealed. This searching puts Sarah and her niece right in the line of danger as this crazy story unfolds.

With each chapter, something else happens that had my heart racing. I stayed up way too late, two nights in a row because I just had to see how this story was going to end. The author takes up on twists and turns right down to the final pages before all is revealed.

I loved this book! This is the second book in a series, but can definitely be read as a stand-alone. However, I'm going to get book one just so I can read more from this author.

Nancy Mehl is the author of seventeen books including the Road to Kingdom series and the Finding Sanctuary series. She has a background in social work and writes from her hoe in Missouri where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson.