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Waking Hours

(East Salem Trilogy #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,377 ratings  ·  241 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 ...more
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Thomas Nelson Inc
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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
Heather Withington
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - would have been five if I didn't have to read the rest of the series in order to find out what happens with the main bulk of the story. I really enjoyed this book, with the creepyness being built up over time, well written characters and the self contained plot in this book easily solvable. This is not a book with a twist, although the ending can be a bit frustrating if you are not expecting to have to engage with a series. I would recommend this book but be aware the ending is a bit ...more
Jun 29, 2013 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 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 ...more
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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
Glenda L
Aug 02, 2015 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.
Aug 29, 2011 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
Mary Chrapliwy
Sep 03, 2011 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 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 ...more
Lisa Johnson
Feb 22, 2013 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
Renn Shearin
May 21, 2012 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
Oct 02, 2011 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
Mar 27, 2012 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
K. L.
Sep 28, 2011 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
Sep 25, 2011 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
Aug 24, 2011 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 ...more
Jill Williamson
Feb 20, 2012 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
Aug 24, 2011 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. ...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
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 ...more
Brandie Lea Slicer
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Daniel Rudge
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The initial premise was good but the pacing, plotting, characters and prose were just so-so. I'll probably read the second book of the series to see if some of the supernatural play out, but otherwise I just wasn't that impressed. 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 ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a book that kept my attention. The premise is a teenager is murdered in a way that appears ritualistic and our heroine (a psychiatrist who works with the DA's office) is involved in solving the crime. It has a little bit of supernatural suspense built into it, but not so much as to keep me from reading it. (I don't like those type of ghostly, demonic forces books! I prefer to keep that door closed!). I do plan to continue reading the series!
Sara Eames
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to reading this book, but found it ultimately disappointing. It was ok but so slow. A book that tries to deal with too many serious subjects and ends up not doing justice to any of them. I could not really relate to the characters or their circumstances and only finished this book because it was a book club choice. Sorry, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Christian trilogy--you definitely need to read all 3--book 1 & 2 both end abruptly and you need to read the next to get the whole story. I would have given them all 5 stars, because I loved the story, but for the fact you HAVE to read all 3.

Great battle between good & evil. East Salem is under attack. A girl has been found murdered. What is behind the death? Not all as it seems.
Lis Wiehl is a new author for me 2019. First series I read - East Salem

I was hooked right from the beginning in this book. Wasn't sure what to expect other than a mystery book. And wow this was an awesome read. A cliff hanger at the end to keep you wanting more of the series.
Suspense, murder, mystery, paranormal, small town murder with big history.

Really enjoyed this book.
Courtney Chambers
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
While I liked this book okay, I had a hard time staying in it. It wasn't the best written book in the world, but the story was interesting enough. When I bought it, I didn't realize exactly what it was and realizing it's about the End of Days kinda bores me to tears. So, I don't know if I'm going to continue reading this trilogy or not.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Waking Hour is riveting! I was immediately drawn into the story. The suspense kept me turning the pages. I appreciate the spiritual elements woven throughout the story. I highly recommend.

I borrowed a copy from my local library. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
Amanda Forsting
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing- one of my favorite books I've read his year! I loved the suspense, the story line the tint of romance and of course the characters. Lis is becoming one of my favorite authors and I can hardly to read the next one!!
Conni Harness
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Read, this could the all time best story from this author. Love the mystery, intrigue, cold thrillingness. This us probably the limit if my tolerance for suoetnaturalness, fortunately this stops way short of fantasy. Onward to the next book in this series (& Dani & Tommy).
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Lis Wiehl is a New York Times bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction books, a journalist, an attorney, and a legal expert. She is the former legal analyst for Fox News, former co-host of WOR radio's “WOR Tonight with Joe Concha and Lis Wiehl,” and was an anchor for the Law & Crime network (a multi-media live trial network). Lis Wiehl hosted the podcast Pursuit of Justice with Lis ...more

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“Because I thought you were the best person in the school,” he said. “And the prettiest. From the eyes up at least.” “Excuse me?” Dani said. “That’s all I ever saw,” Tommy said. “Your face was always buried in a book.” He held a hand horizontal and flat in front of his face to illustrate. “This was you,” he said, raising his hand to cover his nose. “Book, eyebrows, top of head. I was scared of you.” 0 likes
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