Book Review: Waking Hours

As a registered user of Booksneeze, I end up occasionally picking up and reviewing one of their books.   Waking Hours is the third novel of Lis Wiehl that I have had the chance to read.

Waking Hours is co-authored with Pete Nelson and is the first of the three East Salem trilogy.

The novel describes a chilling murder of a teenage girl which occurs in a quiet town in East Salem. A bunch of teenagers who were with her are the prime suspects of the murder.  Dani Harris, a forensic psychiatrist is called to help law enforcement in the case.

Tommy Gundersen is a retired football star who runs a fitness center in the same town.  He is involved in the case because one of the suspects is a member of the center.  Tommy and Dani go back a long way - from High School days, though their paths had not crossed after school.

While on the one hand, there is the attempt to solve the murder mystery, on the other hand, the protagonists have their personal issues too.  Dani wakes up each morning at 2.13 AM.  Tommy had a bad incident which led to his retirement.

There is a seemingly supernatural element to the case, as some of the incidents and evidences indicate.

While the murder is ultimately solved, the novel ends with prospects of more mystery ahead.

Like the other novels of the author, this novel is fast-paced and engages the reader.   The author has done her homework on psychiatry and psychology.    There are many clues which are unearthed from the body language and the conversation with the suspects.  What I felt we could have lived with less is the dominant supernatural influence in the novel.  You keep wondering if there is more to it than the human elements.  Perhaps this was intended by the author, keeping the other two books of the trilogy in mind.  The book also keeps alluding to faith and religion, though it tries to not distract the reader from the main plot.

All in all, a good book to read on the long Christmas weekend.

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