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Waking Hours

Title:  Waking Hours (East Salem #1)
Author:  Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson
Pages:  329
Year:  2011
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
                Lis Wiehl along with Pete Nelson have written a thriller that I couldn’t put down!  This contemporary fictional story is set in East Salem, New York, which is about 50 miles from New York City.  East Salem is a small town where the wealthy retreat to escape from the city for the most part.  There are some not so wealthy residents as well.
                Danielle Harris or Dani is a 29-year-old forensic psychiatrist.  She is single and lives alone in her parent’s house.  Her parents were killed in an airplane trip while on a missionary trip in Africa.  Dani was also serving on an internship there to help reintegrate African kids, who had been forced to become soldiers, back into society.  Now she is back in the states serving with a practice that works with the district attorney’s office.  She is called to serve on a case and for the first time she is without her boss along to guide her.  She must investigate some members from the local high school who may or may not have participated in the killing of one of their classmates.  She also teaches at a college and while there runs into a former classmate from high school, Tommy Gunderson.  She felt like the two of them had experienced a connection while dancing together as king and queen.  Does Tommy remember her?  Did he feel the same connection?  Why has she been having these strange dreams involving her parents and waking up every night at 2:13 a.m.?  Who killed Julie Leonard?
                Tommy Gunderson is a former professional football star, who has more money than he can spend.  He does indeed remember Dani, and he has had a secret crush on her since their dance together.  He is training and studying to become a profession investigator and then volunteers his help to Dani to help her investigate her case.  Tommy is a Christian and puts his faith in the Lord.  He also is taking care of his ailing father, who lives with him.  Tommy takes no chance with safety and has state-of-the-art security and “toys” for protection.  He has friends on the local police force, who give him the inside scoop.  He also has a good Christian friend, who mentors him.  Tommy also has the same strange dream Dani has.  What are the chances of that happening?  The town is on edge with the murder and other strange happenings going on.  Tommy senses the evil present and prays for protection.  Can he and Dani solve the case and stop the evil before someone else gets hurt?
                A great start to what looks to be a captivating series.  I’ve already got the second book and can’t wait to get started on it!  I definitely recommend this book if you like suspense/mystery.  Look for my review of the second book right here.
                My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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