Waking Hours (East Salem Trilogy #1)
Welcome to East Salem. A deceptively sleepy town where ancient supernatural forces are being awakened.
A local high-school girl is found murdered in a park amid horse farms and the wealthy homes of northern Westchester County, New York. The shocking manner of her death intrigues forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris. All the suspects are teenagers who were at a party with the...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 - ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The story takes place in quaint East Salem; a lake side, close knit community where everyone knows everybody. I loved the way the autho ...more
Author: Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson
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 ...more
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 ...more
I simply couldn't put this extremely interesting, highly captivating page-turner down. Apart from the general suspense of the murder invest ...more
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 ...more
I like both Dani and Tommy, the main female and male characters, because they are both intelligent and not given to impulsive decisions or behavior. I also enjoy the little romantic element to their relationship.
Waking Hours is a many-layered novel. It seems very well ...more
The mystery itself was interesting and well thought through. There were clues along the way and the end of Juli's portion was tied up mostly. The killer's motivation stayed sketchy. The ...more
I thought it was a great start to a book focusing on the brutal & bizarre murder of a teenage girl at a party. The only suspects are people who were at the party with her. They do not remember a thing about the party or the murder.
Dani Harris is a forensic psychiatrist called in to help solve the murder. She ...more
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 ...more
Dani Harris and Tommy Gunderson went to high school together and once felt a connection to each ...more
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 ...more
Former NFL player Tommy Gunderson, turned Private Investigator-in-Training, and Dani Harris, psychologi ...more
When a teen is brutally murdered in a small town, forensic psychologist Dani Harris is called in on the case. Working with an old friend and old love interest Tommy Gunderson, former NFL star, Dani finds herself working on more than just a murder mystery. Each morning, she is awakened at 2:13 a.m. by weird dreams and strange events. Is more going on than just a murder...something supernatural?
The murder investigation is a good storyline, but when you add a supernatural occurrences and a budding ...more
Working for the district attorney as a forensic psychiatrist, Dani Harris attempts to uncover who killed Julie Leonard and why. Dani uses her education as a therapist and tries to get into the minds of the suspects, who are all teenagers. But there are obstacles in her w ...more
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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."
In addition to her written work, Wiehl is currently a legal analyst for Fox News. She has been with the network since 2001.
A graduate of ...more