“Deadly Echoes” by Nancy Mehl

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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.

 Deadly Echoes will be ringing in your ears long after the last page is turned!  I love the contrasts in this story – between the cityslicker Hannah and the rural-loving Sarah; between the technology of Paul and the big city cops and the simplicity of Sarah’s friends; between the Christian overtones in Sarah’s classroom and the secular classroom from which her niece comes.  I love the way that Sarah navigates the path between justice, truth, and revenge, all the while figuring out who to trust.
And that’s a tall order.  There are lots of unknowns in this mystery, and since new people keep popping up, Sarah can’t ever be sure who she can trust.  The revolving door of suspects and newbies keeps the suspense level just as high as the body count. 
That rising body count, along with the increasing romantic interest between Sarah and Paul, keep the pages turning.  I couldn’t put Deadly Echoes down, and I read the whole thing in a single sitting.  This is a fantastic story – and I can’t wait for the next one in the series.
I received a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

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