Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Among the Innocent by Mary Alford

 Among the Innocent

Book Summary

When Leah Miller's entire Amish family was murdered ten years ago, the person believed responsible took his own life. Since then, Leah left the Amish and joined the police force. Now, after another Amish woman is found murdered with the same MO, it becomes clear that the wrong man may have been blamed for her family's deaths.
As Leah and the new police chief, Dalton Cooper, work long hours struggling to fit the pieces together in order to catch the killer, they can't help but grow closer. When secrets from both of their pasts begin to surface, an unexpected connection between them is revealed. But this is only the beginning. Could it be that the former police chief framed an innocent man to keep the biggest secret of all buried? And what will it mean for Leah--and Dalton--when the full truth comes to light?
USA Today bestselling author Mary Alford keeps you guessing as two determined souls plumb the dark depths of the past in order to forge a brighter future--together.
My Thoughts

Among the Innocent by Mary Alford is a captivating suspense novel.  I thought the book was well-written with realistic, developed characters.  I like that the main characters have suffered tragedies.  They are flawed characters just like real people.  There is plenty of action and tense suspense in Among the Innocent.  A killer is back after ten years bringing back of flood of unwanted memories for Leah Miller.  Unbeknownst to Leah, the new police chief, Dalton Cooper also has a connection to the crime that took Leah’s family.  The pair must work together to capture a deadly killer.  There are plenty of twists and turns in this edgy romantic suspense.  There is graphic violence in the story (fair warning).  

The police follow leads, collect evidence, and try to keep people safe.  Unfortunately, the killer always seems to be one step ahead.  Be prepared for the hairs on the back of your neck to stand on end.  The idea of such an evil person is terrifying.  I enjoyed collecting clues so I could figure out the killer’s identity before the gripping reveal.  I like how faith was woven into the story.  Dalton Cooper is a man of deep faith.  He shares his beliefs with Leah whose faith could use some boosting.  I enjoyed the picturesque descriptions of St. Ignatius, Montana.  The author really brought the area alive with her vivid word imagery.  Among the Innocent is a book that will have you staying up late, quickly turning the pages so you can find out how the story ends (be prepared for a book hangover the next day).  Mary Alford successfully combined solid characters, an absorbing plot, scary suspense, and faith into one suspenseful tale.  

Among the Innocent is available from Amazon*.  You can find Mary Alford's other novels here.  Thank you for joining me today and reading my latest book review.  I am a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Murder is No Picnic by Amy Pershing tomorrow.  It is the third A Cape Cod  Foodie Mystery.  My garden is shaping up nicely.  I have plans for a raised bed in the back of the house as well.  There is a stone planter there now that is starting to fall apart.  I am going to remove the stones and slide this planter over the bush that is there and the dirt (keeping my fingers crossed that this will work).  If I had my way, I would ditch the bush.  However, my mother likes it, and she can see it from her bedroom window (so she would know if I got rid of it).  The seeds that I have planted in the raised beds in my side yard are starting to come up.  I have morning glory seedlings popping up.  I wonder what will come up next.  I hope that you have a heavenly day.  Take care, stay cool, and Happy Reading!


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