Audiobook Review: Waking Hours

27 Sep

549419_w185Welcome to East Salem. A deceptively sleepy town where ancient supernatural forces are being awakened.

A local high-school girl is found murdered in a park amid horse farms and the wealthy homes of northern Westchester County, New York. The shocking manner of her death intrigues forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris. All the suspects are teenagers who were at a party with the girl—yet none remembers what happened. Could one of them be a vicious killer? Or is something more sinister afoot—something tied to an ancient evil?

Across town, former NFL linebacker Tommy Gunderson finds his state-of-the-art security system has been breached by an elderly woman. Mumbling threats in Latin, she attacks him with an uncanny, preternatural strength. Before he has time to process the attack, someone close to him is implicated in the girl’s murder at the park. He agrees to help—and finds himself working with Dani, the only girl who could resist his charm years ago when they were in high school.

A heavy darkness is spreading. Yet a heavenly force is also at work.

Dani and Tommy suspect there’s more to the mystery than murder, more to their growing friendship than chance . . . and more to the evil they’re facing than a mere human killer.

logoLis Wiehl is one of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded commentators.  Currently, she is the legal analyst and reporter on the Fox News Channel and Bill O’Reilly’s sparring partner in the weekly “Is It Legal?” segment on The O’Reilly Factor. Prior to that she was O’Reilly’s co-host on the nationally syndicated show The Radio Factor.  She is also a Professor of Law at New York Law School.  Her column “Lis on Law” appears weekly on FoxNews.com.

Prior to joining Fox News Channel in New York City, Wiehl served as a legal analyst and reporter for NBC News and NPR’s All Things Considered.  Before that, Wiehl served as a Federal Prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office.

Wiehl earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland.

Wiehl is also the author of The 51% Minority, which won the 2008 award for Books for a Better Life in the motivational category, and Winning Every Time.

She lives with her husband and two children in New York.

fea4e03ae7a06dbcacda3210.L._V192614257_SX200_Pete Nelson lives with his wife and son in Westchester, New York. He got his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1979 and has written both fiction and non-fiction for magazines, including Harpers, Playboy, Esquire, MS, Outside, The Iowa Review, National Wildlife, Glamour, Redbook. He was a columnist for Mademoiselle and a staff writer for LIVE Magazine, covering various live events including horse pulls, music festivals, dog shows, accordion camps and arm wrestling championships. Recently he was a contributing editor and feature writer for Wondertime, a Disney parenting magazine.

My Impressions:

Waking Hours is the first book in the East Salem series by Lis Wiehl and Pete Nelson. A bit of a departure from Wiehl’s other books, it is still a page-turning suspense novel. This time, however, the supernatural is a big factor in the action. This book definitely has a creepiness factor that is a good fit for those who like a little edge to their books.

Dani Harris, a forensic psychiatrist, and Tommy Gunderson, former NFL player and now aspiring P.I., join forces in investigating the horrendous murder of a local teenager. Everything seems routine, until weird signs and occurrences and some very disturbing dreams disrupt their investigation. There is much more going on than a psychopathic killer. An unexplained malevolent force seems to be in play.

I really enjoyed getting to know Dani and Tommy and loved their growing relationship. The two characters are great compliments to each other. I also liked the addition of the supernatural to the crime investigation, giving the story a higher stakes angle. There is much more going on in this small town, and I look forward to more to come in this series. I listened to the audiobook version and thought the narrator did a great job.

All in all a good book for fans of edgier suspense novels.

Recommended.

(I purchased this book from Audible. All opinions are mine alone.)

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