Among The Innocent by Mary Alford

AMONG THE INNOCENT

by
MARY ALFORD
Genre: Fiction / Christian / Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: June 7, 2022
Number of Pages: 304 pages
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When Leah Miller’s entire Amish family was murdered ten years ago, the person believed responsible took his own life. Since then, Leah left the Amish and joined the police force. Now, after another 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. Could it be that the former police chief framed an innocent man to keep the biggest secret of all buried? And what will it mean for Leah–and Dalton–when the full truth comes to light?
USA Today bestselling author Mary Alford keeps you guessing as two determined souls plumb the dark depths of the past in order to forge a brighter future–together.
PRAISE FOR AMONG THE INNOCENT:
“Readers will be compelled to keep turning the pages until they uncover the truth behind a dark legacy hidden behind lies and madness. Highly recommended.” Nancy Mehl, author of the Quantico Files

“Among the Innocent is no buggy ride but a race to stop a killer.” –DiAnn Mills, bestselling and award-winning author of Trace of Doubt

Among the Innocent had me glued to the page from the start. Dishes sat in the sink and chores piled up until I finished it. I highly recommend this story!” Patricia Bradley, author of Crosshairs

“Mary Alford proves she’s a master storyteller with Among the Innocent. Expect an adrenaline rush on every page.” — Debby Giusti, author of Smugglers in Amish Country

Review

I love mysteries, thrillers, and of course suspense, but I also like some depth, you know, aspects of the story that make me think and make me wonder.  Among the Innocent is definitely one of those books.  Sure, it is a crime story and a romance, which if you have never read that combination it is amazing how well the two work together – maybe it is the bonding during a tragedy that does it, but this book adds a religious/cultural aspect that makes everything just a little different, adds a little more sadness to the story.

The story takes place in a small Amish community.  The Amish shy away from anything modern, have a close-knit community that supports and cares for each other, they live a life very different from the rest of the world.  There is an innocence that is not present in very many places anymore.  This makes the idea of evil in their community that much more unsettling.  The Killer seems to target girls who are on their rumspringa (a rite of passage during adolescence in the Amish community in which they get to know more about the outside world and in the end decide to commit to being Amish or move out of the community).  Alford writes with the ability to make the fact that the community is naive and the evil so awful that it is clear there are different levels of evil and this is one of the worst.

The book also includes betrayal at the worst level, twisted misuse of power, and all the elements of an edge-of-your-seat suspense thriller.  How does one reconcile this evil in a totally innocent place with a just God?  It is a thought-provoking question to be sure.

Mary Alford is a USA Today bestselling author who loves giving her readers the unexpected, combining unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots that result in stories the reader can’t put down. Her titles have been finalists for several awards, including the Daphne Du Maurier, the Beverly, the Maggie, and the Selah. She and her husband live in the heart of Texas in the middle of 70 acres with two cats and one dog.
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