Book Review: Deadly Echoes

28 Apr

211582After years of upheaval, Sarah Miller’s life is finally settled with all echoes of the past stilled and silent at last. She spends her time teaching the children of Sanctuary, a town she is happy to call home.

When the sister Sarah hasn’t seen in years reappears, it stirs up hard memories of the past and their parents’ murder. Even so, Sarah’s joy at being reunited with 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 Sarah learns more about Hannah’s death, the circumstances seem eerily similar to her parents’ death. She enlists Paul’s help in digging deeper into these 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 man will do anything to hide–even if he must do away with the last remaining members of the Miller family.

nmehl-62Nancy Mehl lives in Festus, Missouri with her husband Norman and her very active puggle, Watson. She’s authored over twenty-one books and is currently at work on her newest series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”


My Impressions:

The tight-knit, conservative community of Sanctuary, Missouri is just the place for Sarah Miller. With a childhood filled with tragedy, loss and upheaval, Sarah has found peace and security. But in Nancy Mehl’s second book in the Finding Sanctuary series, Deadly Echoes, the larger world intrudes and presents dangers that Sarah is not ready for.

Nancy Mehl has become a favorite of mine. Her romantic suspense keeps faith at its center. I like that she creates communities in which faith in Christ is important and His love is lived out. Characters are not perfect — just like in real life — but are certainly real and relatable. In Deadly Echoes, Mehl keeps the reader on her toes with the twists and turns of past and present murder cases. Sarah is an interesting character — private and a bit aloof, she endeavors to keep her heart from more hurt. But when she opens her home to her ten year old niece, Cicely, she must confront old wounds and lies to reach true healing. Mehl creates a great cast of major and supporting characters. The town and lives of the people of Sanctuary really come to life. And if you like page-turning suspense and a puzzling mystery, Deadly Echoes is a great pick for you.

In Deadly Echoes, Mehl explores what it means to be a unique creation in God. Sarah’s past has created deep insecurities that only God can resolve. Mehl does a great job in showing how careless words can wound and haunt for years to come.

Deadly Echoes is book 2 in this series, but can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read book 1, Gathering Shadows, but I certainly intend to so I can revisit Sanctuary.


Audience: adults.

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(Thanks to Bethany for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



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