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Waking Hours (East Salem Trilogy #1)

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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

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Published (first published October 4th 2011)
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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
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
⊱ Irena ⊰
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
Mary Chrapliwy
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
Sep 09, 2013 Katy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes suspense, supernatural, a bit of romance
Recommended to K. by: friend
Shelves: suspense, christian
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
Renn Shearin
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
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
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 -
"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
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Dec 06, 2012 Lyn (Readinghearts) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Lisa Johnson
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
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
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
Set in East Salem, where wealthy living meets gruesome murder and ancient evil, Waking Hours is a fascinating and thrilling read. After many years, Tommy Gunderson and Dani Harris meet again in the midst of a horrific crime; a crime possibly committed by teenagers. This investigation may very well do more for their relationship than a high school kiss could.

I simply couldn't put this extremely interesting, highly captivating page-turner down. Apart from the general suspense of the murder invest
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
Waking Hours is an exciting and suspenseful beginning to the East Salem Trilogy. I can’t wait to begin reading the second book, which is unusual for me. Normally, I like to wait a while before jumping back into a suspenseful series.

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
A high school girl, Julie, was murdered at a party in a possible ritualistic manner. Dani Harris who was a forensic psychiatrist and Tommy Gunderson, a new private investigator, were brought in to consult on the case. Throughout the town strange this kept happening such as an elderly woman making threats in Latin.

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
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The story began with Tommy Gunderson, a former pro ball player that is now a wanna-be PI, discovering an elderly lady in his backyard holding a mutilated frog and yelling at him in Latin.

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
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
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
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
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
The town of East Salem is shocked over a ritualistic-appearing murder of a teenage girl, and become paranoid with the strange things that they've noticed since then. Former NFL linebacker Tommy Gunderson becomes involved when a kid he mentors at his fitness center is being brought in for questioning since his cell phone was found near the body. Dani Harris is the forensic psychiatrist working with the DA's office; the first time she's acting as lead in this role. Both Tommy and Dani knew each ot ...more
Erin Al-Mehairi
It seems everyone has always loved a good crime and/or mystery novel, right? The current reading trend has paranormal romance and supernatural horror also flying off the shelves. This new novel I’m reviewing, Waking Hours: An East Salem Novel by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson, couples both genres together into a fiction novel of suspense that will leave you hanging at the very end and wanting more.

Former NFL player Tommy Gunderson, turned Private Investigator-in-Training, and Dani Harris, psychologi

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
Nate LaClaire
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
Starr Gardinier
Drawing on her past experience as a federal prosecutor and on her current proficiency as a legal analyst for FOX News, Lis Wiehl, with Pete Nelson, brings the reader to the brink of uncertainty in her latest novel “Waking Hours.”

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
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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."

In addition to her written work, Wiehl is currently a legal analyst for Fox News. She has been with the network since 2001.

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Other Books in the Series

East Salem Trilogy (3 books)
  • Darkness Rising (East Salem, #2)
  • Fatal Tide (East Salem, #3)
Face of Betrayal (Triple Threat, #1) Hand of Fate (Triple Threat, #2) Heart of Ice (Triple Threat, #3) Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4) A Matter of Trust (Mia Quinn, #1)

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