I don’t know about you, but I don’t often think of the terms Amish and Murder Mystery as being simultaneous descriptions for the same novel – am I right? And yet that is exactly what “Among the Innocent” is! While technically in the romantic suspense genre, this new novel written by Mary Alford and published by Revell is a thrilling, unexpected, and deeply riveting tale that rocks a quiet Amish community to its core when a series of murders takes the lives of their near and dear. It is up to Leah Miller, herself a former Amish member and now a police officer, to solve this deadly mystery before others end up hurt.
This story was written by a master of her craft, that is for certain. From the first page I was hooked, and found it extremely difficult to put the book down until I had reached the end. With hair-rising scenes from both the killer’s and potential victims’ perspectives, and a baffling plotline full of twists and turns and dead ends, it was one of the most well-done suspense stories I’ve read this year.
Now for a couple notes I feel obligated to mention – “Among the Innocent” is NOT a lighthearted read. It is sometimes gruesome. It is frightening and creepy. The scenes stay with you long after you reach the end. And it does not end happily for everyone – not even all the ‘good guys’. But if you are up for a thrilling tale that, while intense, ultimately points us toward forgiveness and redemption and hope even in the midst of darkness, this story should definitely be placed on your reading list. I hope the author is planning a sequel soon, because the way it concluded… let’s just say, there is so much more that could be revealed!
**This book has been provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.