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Will Sanctuary be as safe as she believes it to be?
After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller’s life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.
Sarah’s joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn’t know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.
As she learns more about Hannah’s death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents’ murder. Sarah enlists Paul’s help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul’s concern encourages Sarah’s growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide–even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.
Sarah is finally recovering from the trauma of her childhood when she is hit with another major blow. Her experiences prepare her to be the best support for her young niece, but trying to uncover the truth puts them all in danger.
This is the first of Nancy Mehl’s books that I have read, and I have been missing a great author! The characters were well-developed and likeable — or made me wary when appropriate. I especially liked Janet, who was a wonderful encourager and stable support for both Sarah and her niece. Everyone should have a friend like Janet!
Deadly Echoes is the second book in this series. The main characters from the first book are secondary characters in the second (and their story really has no bearing on this one), so I had no trouble following and enjoying this story without having read the first. That said… Now I really want to read the first one (and everything else Nancy has written!).
I am excited that we will have the opportunity to visit with Nancy soon — you’ll want to be sure to come back and “meet” her! 🙂
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)