Tour Review & Giveaway: Whispers from the Dead by Karen Ann Hopkins

January 23, 2015 blog tour, giveaway, Review 2

Whispers from the Dead
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Tour Review & Giveaway: Whispers from the Dead by Karen Ann HopkinsWhispers from the Dead by Karen Ann Hopkins
on January 06th 2015
Pages: 277
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Whispers From The Dead is the powerful and thrilling sequel to Lamb to the Slaughter, in the Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets.

Sheriff Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are once again partnered up in a criminal investigation, when they travel to a northern Amish settlement that has been riddled by arsons for the past two decades. Serenity quickly discovers that there is much more going on than just barns being set on fire in the touristy community, and that the new group of Amish has their own secrets to hide. She begins to unravel an extensive criminal underworld that threatens to destroy everything that the simple people of Poplar Springs hold dear and once again puts her own life in jeopardy.

And even though Serenity tries desperately to avoid it, things begin heating up between her and Daniel, making her wonder if true love and happiness are really within her grasp.

 My Thoughts & Review
If you follow my reviews, I’m sure you’ve heard about my love for Karen Ann Hopkin’s books especially her Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets. I read Lamb to the Slaughter last spring and it wowed me, it was definitely one of my favorite reads of 2014. I was so excited when I finished that book and found out it was being turned into a series so needless to say I was dying to get my hands on the second book!

As soon as I started Whispers from the Dead I was immediately pulled back into Serenity’s life. It was like no time had passed, and I was so excited to see what would transpire with the new mystery that was taking Serenity out of town to Poplar Springs and REALLY interested to see what happened between her and Daniel.

I loved the fact that the characters featured in Whispers from the Dead were much more endearing and easy to love than the ones in Lamb to the Slaughter. Poplar Springs follows a different Ordnung than Blood Rock, so it’s slightly less strict. Although the characters are still secretive, which I have grown to expect in Amish fiction, they seemed more willing to accept an outside Englisher to their settlement and I quickly warmed up to most of the characters. Especially the children… I wanted to just squeeze them!

One of my favorite things about this series is that there are no lulls in the story. The books aren’t really long or dense, but there is SO much that happens in the pages. There is never a moment in Whisper from the Dead that I thought, “Let’s get on with it” like I often do in mystery/thrillers and I love that fact. I read this in two sittings only, and that’s only because I had to work in the middle! If I could have, I would have read it in one fell swoop because it’s that type of story that you can’t put down.

Whispers from the Dead is definitely the same action packed plot that I grew to love in Lamb to the Slaughter. There is so much happening, so much I didn’t expect, and so much emotion. The ending was phenomenal, bittersweet, but I was wholly satisfied with how the events transpired. And if I thought I was excited about this book, I am even more excited for the third book!

If you haven’t started this series, I highly recommend it. Amish fiction isn’t a genre that I thought I would ever enjoy, but Karen Ann Hopkins provides a realistic perspective, and her mysteries are unique and thrilling. This is definitely a series you don’t want to pass by!

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About Karen Ann Hopkins

Karen Ann Hopkins

Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen's main job is home schooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah.

Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several years, was rewarded with her first horse when she turned eleven. The feisty horse's name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen's steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War. Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios and is available on Audible. More books in the Temptation series are in the works.

Lauren

2 Responses to “Tour Review & Giveaway: Whispers from the Dead by Karen Ann Hopkins”

  1. Chrystal

    I’m going to have to start this series. I have read the first two books in The Temptation series by Karen, but haven’t finished the third. I’ll be adding this new series to my wishlist now. Great review!
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