Deadly Echoes

Deadly Echoes

by Nancy Mehl
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Deadly Echoes by Nancy Mehl

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 when 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--even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.

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ISBN-13: 9780764211584
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Series: Finding Sanctuary Series , #2
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 580,615
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nancy Mehl is the author of seventeen books, including the Road To Kingdom series. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in St. Louis, Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. Visit her website at www.nancymehl.com.

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Deadly Echoes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, DEADLY ECHOES is the second book in Ms. Mehl's Finding Sanctuary series, but it easily stands alone. I read the first book in the series Gathering Shadows when it first came out, and I am reading Rising Darkness next, which is the third and final book in the series. The story is in first person, but not in deep point of view. The flow of the story is interrupted a lot to tell the reader details which could've come out naturally in conversation or showing. As it was, it felt forced. I did feel sorry for Sarah, still struggling from nightmares regarding the murders of her parents almost twenty years prior when her only sister is murdered shortly after they are reunited after being separated in foster care. The deaths seem to be related but the city police don't seem to be interested in hearing Mennonite opinions on the case. The romance factor is weak. I would've loved to see some zing in it, but it is a quiet romance, slow moving, with a hint of the possibility of things to come. I do love how Ms. Mehl works the faith message in seamlessly. It feels natural and a part of the story. If you like Amish, Mennonite, and other "Plain sect" stories, then DEADLY ECHOES is good to pick up. The suspense part is quiet, intrusive, though a dark shadow lurking in the background. I knew it was going to become active, but it took a slow pace to get there. I was anxious to figure out how the cases were related, and who did it.
Heather06 More than 1 year ago
I never saw the ending coming in this book. I thought the book a bit slowly but the ending was a complete surprise. I received a free copy of this book for my honest review
KarenKetcham More than 1 year ago
Deadly Echoes by Nancy Mehl This is the 2nd book in the "Finding Sanctuary" series. It is not mandatory to read the first book as this one stands on it's own and fills in a bit of the past to set the scene. Sarah Miller has a past..... frightening and sad for a child to lose their parents at a young age by murder and then have her sister who she has just made contact with after a lifetime lost in the foster care system, be murdered in the same fashion. Sarah must take on a lot of the investigation simply because the local police will not look at it as a connected murder. At the same time she is now the sole relative and full guardian of her niece who is understandably traumatized by the loss of her mother. I read this book in 2 days as I could not put it down. At times it was a bit awkward in the story line and obvious how it was going, but that did not detract from what a good book it is. I would recommend this book as a good read. Thank you to the author and publisher for the copy of this book I received through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Deadly Echoes is Book 2 in the Finding Sanctuary Series. It can be read as a stand alone but I think it is best appreciated if read as a series. Sarah Miller has settled in Sanctuary to take care of her neice. She finds out her sister was murdered in the same way her parents were. Things begin to get a bit scary for her and her neice. It is hard to decide who is trustworthy. It is a good balance of suspense, romance, mystery,and has a spiritual aspect to it also. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was so fantastic. There was so much suspense and of course a tad of romance. Sarah and Paul are perfect for each other. It would be hard to go from a single person to needing to care for your sisters daughter. I really look forward to the next book in this series and any other book that Nancy Mehl writes. I received this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the Finding Sanctuary series by Nancy Mehl, Deadly Echoes, is a suspenseful tale of murder and faith. The murder of her parents nearly twenty years before has haunted Sarah, but she is finally finding peace and purpose as a teacher in a small town. She and her sister, Hannah, had survived the attack in which their parents had died. Hannah was adopted, and Sarah was placed in several foster homes. They had become separated, but when the story begins, they had recently found each other, and Sarah had been introduced to a niece that she had not known. Her feelings of peace and happiness are shortlived, however, when Deputy Sheriff, Paul Gleason, brings news of her sister’s murder. Immediately she sends for her niece to live with her and the wonderful woman, Janet, who had provided her last, secure foster home. Cicely’s arrival to the household brings challenges, and Sarah’s resurfacing suspicions about their parents’ deaths years ago causes her great unrest and fear. Hannah’s murder was just too similar to their parents’ deaths, and since the case had not been resolved, Sarah starts investigating with the help of local Sheriff, Paul Gleason, and a Kansas City detective. As they poke around in the two cases, someone clearly does not want an investigation into either unresolved case. The author has written a very riveting story with twists and turns and appealing characters. I recommend this book to all mystery fans. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Nancy Mehl, and can honestly say I enjoyed it.  This story is mostly based in Sanctuary, which seems like a great place to live.  It was interesting reading about a community where there are Mennonites and other types of people that are committed to protecting and helping each other.  This book is full of twists and turns and will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Who killed Hannah’s sister?  Can they figure it out before someone else gets hurt?   I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Romantic Suspense.  I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing and TBCN in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.  
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
Sarah lives in Sanctuary and is a school teacher. She is happy and back with her sister and niece. Then a shattering visit from Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason. She is told that her sister has been murder and the way it is described sounds like the murder of her parents. Sarah asks Paul to please check the similarities - especially one specific clue. Be ready to be caught up in this romantic suspense. Each of Nancy Mehl's books that I've read has been better than the last. After I read my first book by this author, I was hooked. She went immediately to my favorite authors' list. She writes a tightly woven storyline, keeps you on the "edge of your seat". I have a hard time putting any of them down. Definitely her books are page turners. Nancy Mehl writes wonderful Christian Romantic Suspense novels. She shows how the characters grow through adversities, by their faith and love of God.
Readers-Corner2 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this second story in the Finding Sanctuary series very much. This is the third story I have read from Nancy Mehl and I truly am enjoying her stories. Sarah and her sister, Hannah, grew up without their parents who were murdered when the girls were just children. Paul Gleason from Book 1 makes another appearance and finds love with Sarah as he tries to help her solve the case when her sister is murdered. The only thing I missed in this story was I wondered if Paul should have had more of a role in the story and perhaps should have been around more. I didn’t get to know his character that well.
Xaleah More than 1 year ago
22504477 Book: Deadly Echoes Series: Finding Sanctuary Book 2 Author: Nancy Mehl Publisher: Bethany House This was my first time reading a book written by Nancy Mehl. I came right into the series with this book as I have not read Finding Sanctuary book 1. Back cover: 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 when 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 parent's 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--even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family. The book begins with a flashback nightmare. Sarah Miller is remember the horror she went through as a 6 year old girl hiding in a space located under the stairs with her sister Hannah while their parents were brutally murdered. Tragedy strikes very early in the book causing Sarah to have to care for her 10 year old niece. Sarah begins thinking that the two murders have to be connected. The similarities are too much. She is unsure of who to trust, but begins asking questions anyway to try to get to the bottom of these mysteries. But is she unknowingly putting not only her life in danger but the life her her niece Cicely? I enjoyed this book. Again I had not read the first book in the series which I am sure would have helped out with the back story a bit. But overall the book was great, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with suspense. Disclaimer: I received this book complimentary from Bethany House to write an honest review. All opinions are my own and I will not be compensated in any way for writing this review.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Deadly Echoes is Nancy Mehl’s second novel in the Finding Sanctuary series and is written with excellence. The setting is in a small Mennonite town in Missouri called Sanctuary, where people can go to leave behind their past lives and find a slower, peaceful way of life. To live in this century and not have a cell phone or a car sounds so … different, to live in a town so small that neither are necessary. But at times the cell phone could come in handy to Sarah, whose sister was murdered in Kansas City, and it seemed that the killer may have now targeted her and her niece, now in her car. Sarah is a teacher who loves the children under her care. After growing up in the foster care system, it is a joy to her to have a teaching position she loves and a town where she feels at peace. Her sister Hannah’s murder is so similar to the way their parents were murdered when they were children. Their murders had never been solved, and Hannah’s senseless murder was being talked about by police as if it were a burglary gone wrong. Now it is time for her to bring Hannah’s daughter to Sanctuary so they could try to pick up the pieces and start a new life. The characters in this authentically rich novel written by a Christian woman of great maturity and depth are amazing. In so many ways, many Christian women today are spiritually like Sarah. At least this reader is. Trying to see ourselves as God sees us is hard, and one of the ways that we miss out on His best for us. Oh to be more like Janet, a woman who took her in when she needed a home, to be as mature in the Lord and wise as she is would be a blessing. To have someone in one’s life like her would be a treasure. And Paul, the Deputy Sheriff, a stable and strong man of faith, is willing to help Sarah work with the Kansas City police to solve the murders and get justice for Sarah’s family. The novel has finely-crafted twists and very unexpected actions. The mysteries and hint of romance are cleanly wrapped in a cloak of faith and spiritual growth with lessons very applicable to today’s woman. One of my favorite quotes is “…I’ve come to the conclusion that true humility is believing what God says about who you are when everything inside you screams you’re not who He says you are.” Wow. How could one not want to read a book with this level of God-esteem? Especially with the unexpected, but totally satisfying ending? I highly recommend Deadly Echoes to every Christian woman, even older teens, who enjoy solid Christian writing, suspense, and romance. This is a series for which I can hardly wait for the next novel! With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Deadly Echoes is a very nice addition to the Finding Sanctuary series. It is a stand alone novel. If you have read the first book, you will see a few returning characters, however, it is not necessary to have read Gathering Shadows to enjoy Deadly Echoes. I found Deadly Echoes to be a very enjoyable, suspenseful novel. It has a light romance running throughout, however, the growing attraction between the two main characters is not the focus of the book. Instead, the storyline focuses on Sarah’s work to uncover what truly happened to her recently murdered older sister. I enjoyed watching Sarah uncover the clues and similarities between her sister’s murder and the murder of their parents that occurred when the girls were just children. Sarah was a likeable character. She is strong and determined, yet struggles with a low self-image. She has overcome many sad and hurtful things in her life, yet stays focused on God and is determined to help her young niece know that she is loved. I also liked Paul Gleason. He is a returning character from the first book in the series and I was glad to see him again. He is strong, dependable, and willing to help Sarah however she needs. Although I must admit that I did have a pretty good idea early on about the identity of the villain in the story, it was still a truly enjoyable suspense from the first page to the last. And I still had quite a bit to discover as to why these murders happened at all. This was a very good suspense. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
I have read five of Nancy Mehl’s books and cannot wait for another one to come out. Deadly Echoes, like her other books did not disappoint. If you like a good Christian mystery, how strong is your faith kind of book; this is a book you will want to read. In this book Sarah Miller is finding her life full. She has a teaching job in Sanctuary and life is quiet and predictable and suddenly her sister has been murdered. Not only that but her sister leaves behind a child; a child that Sarah did not know existed. Not only is Sarah determined to find out who murdered her sister, but she is determined to gain custody of her niece. And to find out who murdered her parents 20 years ago. There are some similarities between her sister’s death and her parents’ death. Sarah becomes a detective with the intent of finding out who this murderer is. I do not want to give the ending away for this book. But I will say that there are some unexpected turns and twists to this story. I found myself wanting to continue reading. I felt as if I were actually in Sanctuary trying to solve this mystery with Sarah.
SunFlowerEyez More than 1 year ago
A fast-paced murder mystery. I was given this book from Bethany House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review. Deadly Echoes is the second installment in the Finding Sanctuary series featuring a town that combines conservative Mennonites and the more secular residents who wish to lead a slower-paced life. It can be read as a stand alone but I'd recommend reading the first book in the series, Gathering Shadows, as it does reference it a few times in the book. After a troubled childhood, Sarah Miller seems to have made a peaceful life for herself in the town of Sanctuary. The town teacher and a beloved resident, Sarah has overcome, for the most part, the brutal murder of her parents when she was a small child that sent she and her sister into foster care.  While her older sister Hannah was later adopted, Sarah was left in foster care until a good friend from Sanctuary took her in and gave her a home. Now, Sarah must do the same for her young niece after her sister is found murdered. As Sarah is given the details of her sister's death, she finds it is uncannily similar to the murder of her parents years ago. With the help of handsome Paul, a local police officer, Sarah begins to dig  into the murders, but the closer she comes to uncovering the truth, the more dangerous it becomes for Sarah and her niece. Deadly Echoes was a fast-paced easy read, but I found I didn't enjoy it as much as its predecessor, Gathering Shadows. While the murder mystery part of the book was suspenseful and well-done, I had figured out "whodunit" halfway through the book and the romance was a little too light for my liking.  However, this was a good second installment of the Finding Sanctuary series.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Nancy Mehl in her new book “Deadly Echoes” Book Two in the Finding Sanctuary series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the life of Sarah Miller. From the back cover: 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 when 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–even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family. Things can go out of control fairly quickly and, I guess, there is no way you can be prepared for the events that happen to Sarah. She has just been reunited with her sister and, suddenly, she is informed that her sister has been murdered. Now the old wounds from twenty years ago resurface with the possibility that this is the same murderer. But why the twenty year gap? This is an intense mystery as there are multiple stories that need to be solved. Ms. Mehl has crafted a fine thriller in that Sarah is in deadly danger from practically page one. I could not figure out who the murderer was and was surprised when this person was revealed. Get ready for a real page turner that will keep you guessing until the end. I liked “Deadly Echoes” and look forward to the next book in the series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Sarah Miller was six years old when men broke into her house and killed her parents. She subsequently was moved from home to home and finally split from her older sister, Hannah, who was adopted. Now, having found a loving home in Sanctuary, MO, a Mennonite community, she learns of the murder of her sister. The details are strikingly similar to the killing of her parents. No one seems to see the connection, but Sarah. When she goes to Kansas City to take charge of her young niece, she begins to make waves in the police department. After going to Hannah’s house to remove some personal papers, the house is burned down. When the suspect for Hannah’s murder dies in custody, Sarah begins to wonder about who is really responsible for the murders. When the investigating detective is killed, Sarah is certain something is up. It appears that no one but the local deputy is taking her seriously, and he has no jurisdiction. But, perhaps as they get closer to the truth, the real killer is taking notice. How will Sarah protect both herself and her niece? This was an engaging mystery, set in a Mennonite community. While Sarah is not Conservative Mennonite, she has become a part of this caring community. As the local teacher, she knows many of the families through her students. It is satisfying to see Sarah’s self-esteem grow as she comes to accept herself and the way God made her. Mystery fans will not be disappointed in this second installment in the Finding Sanctuary series. I received this from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
Who's the good guy and who's the bad guy? It was hard to tell because Nancy Mehl did such a good job twisting around the "evidence" and the circumstances that the story kept me guessing until the real villain was revealed. While it is categorized as a romantic suspense, there's not tons of romance. However, this die-hard romance reader enjoyed it just the same. I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Sarah's life seems to be almost perfect. She's finally been reunited with her sister that she lost soon after the murder of their parents. She has a great job teaching school in the small town of Sanctuary, and she has wonderful friends who love her. But then her sister is murdered in the same way her parents were murdered years ago and Sarah is thrown into raising her niece and trying to find the killer. This book has some real pros and cons for me. So I thought it would be easier to list them. Pros: The story flowed very quickly. Janet, a secondary character, was a favorite of mine. The small town feel was portrayed nicely. The Amish element was a surprise that I didn't see coming since I hadn't read the first book in the series. The book would work as a stand-alone, although several references were made to the previous story. The faith references were handled nicely without coming across as preachy. Cons: I knew who the "bad guy" was as soon as he was introduced. There wasn't any suspense. Everything played out exactly as I expected. The main character was so naive that she was almost unbelievable. The romance between the couple was almost non-existent. While it was a fun read, it didn't have any weight to it. I liked reading the story, but if you enjoy romantic suspense there are quite a few other stories that are more romantic and suspenseful. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Deadly Echoe ( Finding Sanctuary book 2 ) By: Nancy Mehl This is the second book in Finding Sanctuary series. I was worried that I would be lost because I had not read the first book , Gathering Shadows. I had no problems following the story or  the characters. From the minute I started reading , Deadly Echoes, I was hooked, it captured me and did not let go till the end, and what  an ending. With a tragedy childhood, Sarah Miller, after twenty years is finding peace as a school teacher in Sanctuary from the echoes of her past. Sarah is reunited with her sister, and her niece she did not know she had. Things were going good till Sarah got news from the sheriff that her sister had been murdered. Could this have anything to do with her parents that was murdered twenty years ago. What about her niece , was she ok? I absolutely loved this story and it is a Christian fiction and some romance. There are dead bodies that are popping up everywhere, who is the killer? Sarah does not know who she can trust after her sister is murdered. Grab you this book and hold on tight, you might think you know who the killer is, but did you guess right?  I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review, which I have given.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
Wow! What an exciting read! This book had me hooked all the way through. It had suspense, action and a little romance. Nancy Mehl has done it again. I have loved every book I read by her, and she didn’t disappoint this time. This is the second of the “Finding Sanctuary” series. You don’t have to read the first book in the series. I didn’t, and I was still able to follow. This book follows Sarah Miller, who is the school teacher in Sanctuary. When Sarah was just 6 years old, her parents were brutally murdered. Her and her sister, Hannah, survived the murder but were placed in foster care. Hannah, Sarah’s older sister, was adopted, but Sarah wasn’t. Therefore, they lost track of each other. Now the sisters have reunited. Everything is going great in Sarah’s quiet, little world until she is informed that Hannah has been murdered. The murder looks a lot like her parent’s murder, and Sarah is convinced that she will find out who murdered her parents and Hannah. This book has a twist to it. It had me guessing the whole way through, and I kept wondering, “Should I trust him/her?” I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, especially those who like a good, clean mystery. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion
NatashaMarieL More than 1 year ago
Living in the rural town of Sanctuary, MO, Sarah Miller has found peace and contentment in Christ and teaching at the local school.  She's finally begun to put the past to rest, the tragic death of her parents which has haunted all of her life, and is delighted to have reunited with her sister, Hannah, and her niece after so many years.  But when Hannah is murdered, under circumstances so similar to her parents, all of the memories come rushing back.  The police write it off as a burglary gone wrong, as they did with her parents. Coincidence?  Maybe...but when Sarah receives a letter mailed by Hannah shortly before her death, things take a more serious turn.  They never found the person who murdered their parents...could the two tragedies be linked?  With the assistance of Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason, Sarah begins digging deeper and uncovering facts that someone is desperate to keep hidden.  Someone who is desperate enough to come after anyone who gets in their way. This was a suspenseful read and I enjoyed every page!  I love a good mystery, and this was definitely one of them.  Very well written, clean romance, with the love of Christ shining brightly without being cliche, the plot drew me in right away.  The characters were believable, relate-able, and like-able.  I found Sarah especially so.  Always comparing herself to others, especially her sister, thinking that she's nothing special.  I think that's something a lot of us do.  I loved this part in the book, "We can't see ourselves clearly when we're standing in someone else's shadow...God created you to be Sarah."  God has made us each our own, unique person, with our own special talents.  If we're constantly comparing ourselves to others, then we won't see that.  Not only was this is fantastic mystery, but I came away from this book encouraged and uplifted.  I'd recommend it to anyone without hesitation.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
This book opens with a scene that will have you hooked and not let go. One thing after another happens to Sarah and I definitely felt her sorrow. The unsettled feelings from the past haunt Sarah and she needs closure even if she is in a bit of denial over it. But I kept worrying about her getting into trouble, about her saying something to the wrong person. And that is right where the author wants us, so invested that we are worried about the characters. The crimes in this book are pretty disturbing and so sad but for me that drew me even further into this book. I read Nancy’s first book in this series and loved it, this second book did not disappoint. This book can be read as a stand-alone. There is mention of characters in the first book but it is not a contributing factor to this book. Overall, a wonderful read that I couldn’t put down. Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good murder mystery. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Deadly Echoes is the second book in Nancy Mehl’s Finding Sanctuary series. I believe this story easily stands on its own, as I have not read the first book, Gathering Shadows, and had no problems following the storyline. Deadly Echoes takes place in the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri. Sarah Miller is enjoying her simple life as a teacher when echoes of the past come back to haunt her and change her life forever. I really enjoy a good suspense and this one certainly kept me guessing and trying to put the pieces of the past together to discover the culprit. While I would have liked a little more depth to the story and a bit more romance, I did enjoy the characterization and suspenseful storyline and am left wondering what will happen next in this small town. I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Bethany House Blogger Reviewer program. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Deadly Echoes Nancy Mehl Book Summary: 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 when 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--even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family. Review: Great sequel!! I loved the sense of community that Nancy Mehl creates in her stories. I loved Janet, Paul and Cicely. They mad the story line. I think that Sarah started out weak. It was great to see the character grow. I was hooked from the start. The murder of Hannah and how this murder was linked to the girls past. There were some surprises that I did not see coming and that made this story unique. I liked that most of all. It was a dawning of realizing and tying together the letter that Hannah sent Sarah and the unraveling of this mystery. Thanks Nancy Mehl for another great suspense novel. I would like to thank NetGalley and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
th is actually the second book in a series, but it is a stand-alone novel. I didn't read the first one, but I didn't feel that it was necessary to enjoy this book. This is the most faith-centered novel I have read, and by that I mean that most of the characters are trying to live lives full of faith and bring God regularly into their conversations and daily life. The town itself, Sanctuary Missouri, is full of conservative Christians who seem more like family than a town. The main character, 24-year-old school teacher Sarah Miller, has found the town to be her real sanctuary after a life of trauma and heartbreak. Now, Sarah's sister is murdered in the same fashion as her parents were 18 years ago, and Sarah has to deal with her own heartbreak as well as her young niece's, all while trying to figure out what connection exists between the two murders. The murder mystery is solid, and I was kept wondering how it all would tie together. Sarah herself is a likeable character, as are most of the main characters. As she struggles with her anger, guilt, and hurt at her sister's death, she also must come to terms with her lifelong habit of comparing herself to others, particularly her older sister. SWith the help of her friends and her faith, she presses forward trying to resolve the mystery while helping her niece adapt to her new life in Sanctuary. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I received Deadly Echoes from the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.