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Waking Hours (East Salem Trilogy #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,197 Ratings  ·  215 Reviews
All towns have secrets. Some have demons.Welcome to East Salem. A sleepy town with a history older than America where things are just a bit off. Where the supernatural bleeds into the everyday.And where a tragic murder mystery is underway. A high school girl is found dead in the town park. And where forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris wants answers. All the suspects are teen ...more
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Thomas Nelson
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Mike (the Paladin)
Huh...I liked this book. I mean I saw some good reviews, it sounded interesting but I'm so used to picking up mystery/urban fantasy books that sound good but turn out to be, "geared to an audience other than me" that it was almost surprising. So, good book.

I placed this on my "urban fantasy" shelf, I suppose it might be better if I had a "sort-of urban fantasy" shelf as the book does come over much as a straight mystery, but there's a touch of UF and I think the next book is going to move even f
Jun 29, 2013 Donnelle rated it really liked it
Others have brilliantly summarized the plot, so my review will focus more on my overall impressions of the book.

In all honesty, when I was 100 or even 125 pages into it, reading it felt more like a chore than an enjoyable endeavor. Though the action begins early on with a murder that is gruesome and disturbing, I felt as though the action took quite awhile to build up to levels that really captured my interest. Making matters somewhat worse - and this may just be a personal preference of mine -
Sep 04, 2011 Mimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Historic East Salem may not be the sleepy little town it seems. Things are a bit off, especially when it comes to the supernatural. Forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris and former football star Tommy Gunderson form an uneasy alliance in order to solve the tragic murder of a local teenage girl. All of the evidence points to a group of teenagers, a group that doesn’t remember a thing about the night of the girl’s murder. Dani and Tommy begin to realize that there may be more to the murder than they r ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
I guess I can say it was an OK story if you like your supernatural stories oversimplified. I think the premise is actually quite interesting. It reminds me of the older horror films I watched as kid.

A teenage girl is killed and it looks like a ritualistic murder. The case brings together a forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris and her high school crush Tommy Gunderson, who is studying for his PI license. There are some supernatural things going on around them, but not a lot. They spend more time tal
Glenda L
Aug 02, 2015 Glenda L rated it really liked it
Lis Wiehl writes a good mystery and this one was super good ... it was hard to put down. Maybe because it was located in Salem that added to the story. I would recommend this to all mystery readers.
☕ Kimberly
Aug 29, 2011 ☕ Kimberly rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by author Lis Wiehl. She has written such books as “Face of Betrayal” a New York Times Bestseller and part of her Triple Threat mysteries. After reading Waking Hours, I will be picking up copies of her earlier works.I really enjoyed this suspenseful, paranormal mystery thriller. This is the first book in the East Salem Trilogy.
The story takes place in quaint East Salem; a lake side, close knit community where everyone knows everybody. I loved the way the autho
Mary Chrapliwy
Sep 03, 2011 Mary Chrapliwy rated it it was amazing
I had to think about this review for a couple days. There isn't much you can say without giving away too much, so I'll tread with care here.

Waking Hours has a little of everything - strange phenomena, a chilling murder, a touch of the supernatural, and a pair who met in high school and are reconnecting. Dani Harris shared a dance with Tommy Gunderson in high school. She was bookish and quiet and he was a football star. The relationship went nowhere in high school. They meet again later in life
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Aug 28, 2012 Lyn (Readinghearts) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Wendy C, Marilyn K, Scoozer, Laurie, Jan,
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: has been on my list for a while.
I have had Lis Wiehl's first book, Face of Betrayal on my radar since it was originally published. Unfortunately, I was never able to get it read, but recently was offered the opportunity to read the second book in the author's East Salem Trilogy, Darkness Rising as an ARC. Of course, that lead me to read Waking Hours first, and I am so glad that I did. In this first book of the trilogy, a girl is murdered in upscale West Chester County, New York after attending a party at one of the student's h ...more
Lisa Johnson
Feb 22, 2013 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: Waking Hours (East Salem #1)
Author: Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson
Pages: 329
Year: 2011
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Lis Wiehl along with Pete Nelson have written a thriller that I couldn’t put down! This contemporary fictional story is set in East Salem, New York, which is about 50 miles from New York City. East Salem is a small town where the wealthy retreat to escape from the city for the most part. There are some not so wealthy residents as well.
Danielle Harris or Dani is a 29-year-old forensi
Renn Shearin
May 21, 2012 Renn Shearin rated it really liked it
Welcome to East Salem. In this deceptively quiet town, old supernatural forces are awakening.

And they cannot be controlled.....

An East Salem high school girl is found murdered in a park amid horse farms and wealthy homes of northern Westchester County, New York. The manner of her death shocks the town and intrigues Dani Harris, forensic psychiatrist, who becomes determined to solve the mystery. All of the suspects were teenagers at the same party, yet none remember what happened. Is one of them
Oct 02, 2011 Katy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Christian fiction
Recommended to Katy by: Vine
Shelves: vine-book
I read this in March, 2012. See my review here also.

My Thoughts: This is Book 1 in the East Salem trilogy, and is considered to be a Christian thriller. While I’m not normally a fan of Christian thrillers, I found this one mostly readable – it is not preachy, and it’s characters’ Christianity is not overwhelming, but rather simply a part of their lives. However, there were parts that really made me angry – for instance, one character was talking about how “Saint” Adrian destroyed paganism in En
K. L.
Sep 28, 2011 K. L. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes suspense, supernatural, a bit of romance
Recommended to K. by: friend
Shelves: christian, suspense
Highly recommended

If you're intrigued by the supernatural, you'll love this book.
A gruesome murder has rocked the affluent, quiet little New York town of East Salem. A teenage girl is killed, apparently in a violent and bizarre ritual during a party. The only suspect is another teen—but the more prosecutors dig into the case, the more confusing it becomes. Forensic psychologist Danielle Harris is assisting the DA’s office in solving the crime—when she gets an offer of assistance from the last pe
Mar 27, 2012 Belindachaplin rated it really liked it
"Waking Hours" by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson is the first in the East Salem trilogy. It has a different feel from Lis Wiehl's "Triple Threat" series mainly because it has a more prominent supernatural element. It is also the first in a trilogy so the ending leaves a lot hanging, whereas the Triple threat series books are all self-standing.

The story follows a former football hero and a forensic psychologist who were homecoming king and queen together in High school, and since them have completely
Sep 25, 2011 Aymee rated it it was amazing
In small town East Salem something frightening is coming to life. When a teenage girl is found brutally murdered, forensic psychologist Dani Harris is called in to unravel the mystery. With the help of her old high school crush, Tommy Gunderson, they set out to find out just who – or quite possibly, what – could have commited such a nasty crime.

I loved everything about this novel. From the author’s voice, to her interesting characters and suspenseful plot, you are not left wanting for anything b
Aug 24, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing
What happened at the party? Why can't anyone remember? These are just two questions forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris has when she begins to investigate the murder of a high school student. This was no ordinary murder, but rather a ritualistic killing. How could something like this happen in East Salem, NY? It is normally a quiet place. Tommy Gunderson (former pro-football player) also wants to know because not only does he want to be a PI, but one of the suspected students has asked for his he ...more
Jill Williamson
Feb 20, 2012 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
Review by Jill Williamson
When a local high school girl is found murdered, forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris is put on the case. It’s a strange case for Dani in more ways than one. First, these students went to the same high school she did. Second, the murder was terribly gruesome and possibly ritualistic. Third, bizarre dreams are waking Dani each night at the exact same time. And fourth, Tommy Gunderson, her high school crush, has decided to help Dani with the case. Is this a straightforward ho
Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
This book has all the makings of a great murder, mystery/thriller. It starts with a gruesome apparently ritualistic murder and then weaves in the supernatural elements so that they don’t overpower but rather complement the story.

I loved the plot and the main characters although I do feel that there was a little something lacking in the development of those characters…or perhaps it was simply the matter of fact style of the storytelling itself. If you are looking for rich language and a lot of em
Aug 24, 2011 Ronie rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS - Waking Hours is definitely one of Lis Wiehl’s best endeavors yet! I loved the story, and while I wouldn’t call it a fast-paced thriller, it’s definitely a thriller with a pace that keeps you reading. The plot line was enthralling with the way the spiritual and physical were interwoven. At times, I felt the author(s) intruded a bit in the story by having the characters randomly jump to conclusions that did not feel natural course of thoughts, and yet they were the right conclusions. H ...more
This is book 1 of the East Salem Trilogy. It was fast pace at the beginning, but slightly slow down towards the middle. The suspense intrigued me right from the beginning. I kept on wondering actually who's the killer. I like the interaction between Dani and Tommy. Their relationship was slowly developed and naturally. The plot of the story is very good. The authors have done a very good job on weaving in the story of mystery and suspense with the supernatural element. And on top of it, adding t ...more
Jul 16, 2017 Libby rated it really liked it
Whoa! I want to read the rest of the series!
I most definitely don't like to read novels with Christian references but here since its a lot more of a mystery and suspense and very very less content of it so i'm willing to forgo and read the whole thing. That is readers I present before you all my review of East Salem Trilogy #1 Waking Hours by Lis Wiehl and Peter Nelson .

Here is the summary of the book:

All towns have secrets. Some have demons. Welcome to East Salem. A sleepy town with a history older than America where things are just a b
Sep 14, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing
'Waking Hours' is the first book that I have read by Lis Wiehl. I remember years ago seeing one of her other books at the library, but at the time I had too many other books that had captured my interest - so I didn't check it out. Now after reading this book, I am hoping to find time to read them soon!

'Waking Hours' had my heart pounding, mind racing, and was so thrilling to read that it kept me at the edge of my seat for most of the book and kept me up reading into the wee hours of the morning
Literary Sanctuary
Sep 14, 2011 Literary Sanctuary rated it liked it
Title: Waking Hours

Author: Lis Wiehl w/ Pete Nelson

Genre: Religious Paranormal/Murder Mystery/Suspense

Release Date: 10/04/2011

Content Rated: R Hardback Kindle

Synopsis: A gruesome murder occurs in the wealthy, and rather creepy, town of East Salem, NY. Former local homecoming king and queen, Danielle “Dani” Harris and Tommy Gunderson, turned forensic psychologist and retired NFL star, team up to solve the case and explain why the unexplained keeps happening in their town.

Blender Review
Oct 23, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
As you crack open the cover, Waking Hours immediately plunges you straight into the mystery and suspense. Former NFL linebacker, Tommy Gunderson, finds an elderly woman standing by his fountain has triggered his security system. Upon reaching her, he discovers her digging in the entrails of a frog, ranting in an unknown language, and then spouting off warnings. Before he knows it, she attacks him, knocking him to the ground with a supernatural force.

An old woman with the strength of a bear is n
Michelle Brown
Oct 04, 2011 Michelle Brown rated it it was amazing
As you crack open the cover, Waking Hours immediately plunges you straight into the mystery and suspense. Former NFL linebacker, Tommy Gunderson, finds an elderly woman standing by his fountain has triggered his security system. Upon reaching her, he discovers her digging in the entrails of a frog, ranting in an unknown language, and then spouting off warnings. Before he knows it, she attacks him, knocking him to the ground with a supernatural force.

An old woman with the strength of a bear is n
Nov 30, 2014 Rechan rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This book frustrated me. In large part not because of the story itself, but the sheer cross-genre/cross-marketing. For instance here on Goodreads, this book is tagged as Suspense, Horror, Fantasy>Paranormal, Fantasy>Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Christian Fiction, and Thriller. Based on the book blurb, it reads like a horror with a mystery.

Quite frankly it doesn't feel much like any of those, except well, mystery.

first, I want to talk about the Christian element. It's barely there. Characters p
Mark Soone
Oct 06, 2011 Mark Soone rated it it was amazing
See this is why I seldom read a series before it is either finished or several books in. This was a very fun read, and now I am stuck waiting for book 2 to be realeased. It took me 3 months to get this from the Library (Yes, I am consistantly frugal), I hope I don't have to wait that long for the next installment. This book was a perfect way to end/start a New Year (Happy new Year, by the way!). I stumbled upon Lis Weihl, about 5 months ago and enjoyed her triple threat series. When I got news t ...more
Apr 26, 2011 Candy rated it really liked it
It seems like fall brings out my hunger for strange tales of all things supernatural, and “Waking Hours” by Lis Wiehl did not disappoint! It really hit the spot for the type of story I wanted to read right now. “Waking Hours” is the first of a series set in East Salem, New York, which according to the back of the book is “a deceptively sleepy town where ancient supernatural forces are being awakened.”

Dani Harris and Tommy Gunderson went to high school together and once felt a connection to each
Sep 28, 2011 Wendi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Waking Hours (The East Salem Trilogy, Book One)
By Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson
Published by Thomas Nelson

Waking Hours, book one in The East Salem Trilogy Wiehl’s newest supernatural crime thriller series, takes place in the town of East Salem in Northern Westchester County. Forensic Pathologist Danielle “Dani” Harris is brought in as the DA’s lead when a grisly, ritualistic murder of a teenage girl rocks the otherwise quiet hamlet. Her first case as a solo lead, Dani has to be at the top of her gam
Nate LaClaire
Oct 03, 2011 Nate LaClaire rated it it was amazing
Former NFL linebacker Tommy Gunderson is awakened in the middle of the night by his alarm system. Upon investigation, he discovers an elderly woman on his property who exhibits superhuman strength and keeps repeating a Latin phrase to him. Just hours later, he receives a call from a young friend who has been implicated in a murder that happened near the time when he met the old woman. At the police station, he runs into forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris, who he went to school with and hasn’t see ...more
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Lis Wiehl is the author "Face of Betrayal," a New York Times Best Seller.

She has also written "Winning Every Time: How to Use the Skills of a Lawyer in the Trials of Your Life" and "The 51% Minority: How Women Still Are Not Equal and What You Can Do About It."

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