Review by Susan Scott Ferrell
So it’s been a minute since I’ve read and reviewed a book. My mom passed away last year and my head and heart have not been in a good place to sit down and read. I think some of it stems from my mom being an avid reader – trying to read made me miss her, and at the same time everything seemed trite. That all changed when I received the opportunity to read Among the Innocent by Mary Alford. Alford is a new-to-me author, but consider me a fan now! This novel definitely needs to be added to your summer TBR (To Be Read) pile. The novel will keep you reading well into the night!
Among the Innocent follows Leah Miller, who is former Amish turned cop. When she was a child, her entire family was murdered. Fast forward to present day: there has been a murder in her Amish hometown – and the scene is eerily similar to her family’s murders. Enter dashing Dalton Cooper, the new police chief. He’s come to town with a secret agenda of his own. As they work the case together, they are also drawn to one another. Will they be able to catch the killer before he (she?) strikes again?
Among the Innocent is a very solid read. The characters were well thought-out, the plot lines were intricately woven to perfection, and Alford has firmly established that she can hold her own amongst the bevy of Amish fiction authors out there. If you like Nancy Mehl’s fiction, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. In fact, Alford sets herself apart from many Amish fiction authors by delivering a solid novel that does not water down the storyline by forcing Christianity heavily into it, or overly speaking “Amish-ese”.
Among the Innocent is creepy, chilling, thrilling – all in the best ways! Needless to say, I’ll never enter a barn without thinking twice now! Don’t miss reading this one!
Thanks to Revell for giving me this novel in exchange for my honest review – I would have bought this based on the synopsis alone!
When Leah Miller’s entire Amish family was murdered ten years ago, the person believed responsible took his own life. Since then, Leah has left the Amish and joined the police force. Now, after an Amish woman is found murdered with the same MO, it becomes clear that the wrong man may have been blamed for her family’s deaths.
As Leah and the new police chief, Dalton Cooper, work long hours struggling to fit the pieces together in order to catch the killer, they can’t help but grow closer. When secrets from both of their pasts begin to surface, an unexpected connection between them is revealed. But this is only the beginning.
What will it mean for Leah–and Dalton–when the full truth comes to light?