ARC REVIEW: Whispers from the Dead (Serenity’s Plain Secrets #2) by Karen Ann Hopkins
AUTHOR: Karen Ann Hopkins
PUBLICATION: Published January 6th 2015
GENRE: A > Mystery | Realistic Fiction
SOURCE: arc via author
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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 a lot more going on than just barns being set on fire in the touristy community of Poplar Springs. And this group of Amish has their own secrets to hide. Serenity 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.
*Some language and romantic sexual content.
Don’t you just love it when the author can write in different genres and for different age audience and STILL be good? This is why Karen Ann Hopkins is one of my favorite author ever! She can kickass in any genre she wants to write. I enjoyed her Embers which is a YA paranormal and this book is not an exception. Even though its an Adult mystery/thriller.
Whispers from the Dead is a great follow up to an incredible ongoing series. Its amazing how Hopkins made me so excited to read the third book already. The same package that came from the first book is still here and it just doubled up. The thrill, the mystery, the authentic characters and the incredible writing.. Whispers from the Dead is jam packed!
Serenity is still as badass as ever. And I love how Daniel is growing on her. I remember how stiff and off she was at the first book.. but after reading that last chapter???! Okay, I’M READY FOR MORE DANIEL AND SERENITY. JUST MAKE IT HAPPEN THANK YOU. The Amish community is still realistically portrayed as well. Its a bit different from Blood Rock which makes the atmosphere of the book more distinct from the first one.
But of course, the nail biting mystery is the trade mark of this series. I think my head almost cracked from coming up ideas, situations and and from guessing who the culprit is. I don’t know who to point finger to. Is it him? Her? Is it me???! Everyone is acting sketchy. Everyone is suspicious. Everyone could’ve done the crime! And when the answer to everything went above the surface and when I found out that everything has something to do with the Amish communities’ past.. I was just blown away. Hopkins made me sit at the edge of my seat.
From all the good things I’ve said, I’m sure you’ve gathered that I loved the book. My only complain is the Daniel-Serenity romance. Hopkins just keeps teasing us! I am so ready for things to happen. But that’s just a minor thing and besides that, the book is just perfection. Whispers from the Dead is a success!
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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.
• 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
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