Book Review – Waking Hours By Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson

Posted October 3, 2011 by Melissa in Book Review | 1 Comment

Waking Hours (The East Salem Trilogy)

Title:  Waking Hours
Author:  Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson 
Reading level: Adult
Genre:  Thriller
Size: Hard Cover, 336 pages
Release Date:  October 2011
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Stand Alone or Series: The East Salem Trilogy Book #1 
Source:  BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review

First Line:  “Tommy Gunderson woke in the middle of the night to the howling of the wind and the siren of his home’s security system.”

Summary (from GoodReads):

All towns have secrets. Some have demons.
Welcome to East Salem. A sleepy town with a history older than America where things are just a bit off. Where the supernatural bleeds into the everyday.
And where a tragic murder mystery is underway. A high school girl is found dead in the town park. And where forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris wants answers. All the suspects are teenagers who were at the party with her the night before-but who woke up the next morning with no memory of what transpired. Even though evidence confirms they were all at the scene of the crime.
Former pro-football linebacker-and local celebrity-Tommy Gunderson finds himself drawn to the case. And to Dani-who he last spoke with on their one high school date forever ago. Yet his celebrity status opens doors barred to Dani-so they form an awkward alliance.
They soon realize that there’s more to the mystery than murder. And more to the evil they are facing than a mere human killer.

Quotes from the Book:
You never stop learning. Particularly from your mistakes.
I told him God gave us tears the same way he gave us laughter.  All part of the same system.
My Thoughts:
This book has all the makings of a great murder, mystery/thriller.  It starts with a gruesome apparently ritualistic murder and then weaves in the supernatural elements so that they don’t overpower but rather complement the story.
I loved the plot and the main characters although I do feel that there was a little something lacking in the development of those characters…or perhaps it was simply the matter of fact style of the storytelling itself.  If you are looking for rich language and a lot of emotional depth…this book does not deliver. 
That said, I did find the story line very compelling and found the novel itself hard to put down.  I even found myself having crazy dreams at night right along with the main character: Dani.  The murder mystery was nicely wrapped up by the end…however the supernatural elements were still left unsolved…leading in to the second in the series….
If you’re looking for a simple Murder mystery read with supernatural elements thrown in and don’t mind waiting for the next in the series to have those answered…then this book won’t disappoint.
My Rating:
This book was entertaining

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One response to “Book Review – Waking Hours By Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson

  1. I really enjoyed reading this book, even though it was somewhat creepy. It was a great reminder that evil does exist in this world, and is actively seeking to destroy what is good. I loved the main character, Dani, and genuinely felt scared for her when weird stuff would happen. All of the characters were very well developed and realistic because they didn’t always do what you’d expect. I also loved the little romance part of the book. By the way, the author has the first chapter available to read, for free, at her website:

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