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Deadly Echoes

(Finding Sanctuary #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  716 ratings  ·  136 reviews
After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller's life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah's joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn't know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Glea
Paperback, 332 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 27th 2015)
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Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-audios
Very interesting mystery. I liked my return visit to Sanctuary and meeting Sarah and her niece. Looking forward to the finale!
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, DEADLY ECHOES is the second book in Ms. Mehl's Finding Sanctuary series, but it easily stands alone. I read the first book in the series Gathering Shadows when it first came out, and I am reading Rising Darkness next, which is the third and final book in the series.

The story is in first person, but not in deep point of view. The flow of the story is interrupted a lot to tell the reader details
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nail-Biting Mennonite Suspense!

In Deadly Echoes, we return once again to the quaint, predominantly Mennonite community of Sanctuary -- with its small town charm, old-timey cafes, and friendly, helpful townsfolk. Many come to Sanctuary for a simpler lifestyle; still others as a refuge from their past. But under the guise of this seemingly idyllic little town lays something invisible...sinister...and deadly.

Sarah Miller has finally found contentment and a semblance of peace from the echoes of her
Eighteen years ago, six-year-old Sarah Miller hid in a closet with her older sister, Hannah, while their parents were murdered. The killers were never found, and the murders written off as a burglary gone wrong. Now, Hannah has been murdered and there are disturbing links between the two sets of murders, links the police don’t seem interested in investigating.

Sanctuary, the setting for Deadly Echoes, has a large Conservative Mennonite population. This gives the town a particular Christian feel
Teresa Snyder
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I typically enjoy Nancy's books --- I enjoyed the first book in the series, but this one was not as enjoyable. The writing was off. The dialog between characters was unnatural. Forced. I didn't feel a connection with the characters. It was JUST a story. There were random things that would pop up out of nowhere - reference to a favorite TV show that had nothing to do with the screen or storyline - there was more happening off screen than on screen. I figured out the bad guy early in the book. The ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I liked the premise of this book but, as happened with the first in this series, I was just never able to really connect with the story or the characters, mostly due to the singular first-person point-of-view which severely limited the author's ability to really SHOW me the story instead of telling me. The dialogue felt unnatural as it was necessarily forced to convey story information instead of reveal character, and too much of the action was forced "off camera" by only have the one POV charac ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
DNF @ pg. 123.
I've read a lot of suspense and murder books, but for some reason, this one just made me unbelievably sad.

Content up to where I stopped reading:
Spiritual Content- A few Scriptures are mentioned & read; Many talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, & pastors; Mentions of faiths; Mentions of Mennonites & Amish people and communities; Mentions of a Christian school; Mentions of bl
Paula  Phillips
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Continuing with my goal to clear old books off my kindle and I was in the mood for a bit of suspense after reading a few romance novels, I decided to read Nancy Mehl's Deadly Echoes as I am a fan of her edgy Christian fiction novels. Also, I had before reading this the memory of Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl - a book that I had read last year and enjoyed. Deadly Echoes starts with a similar theme to a book I have read this year called Cross Her Heart by Melinda Leigh where the two main characters suf ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great mystery. My favorite out of the 3 books.
Victor Gentile
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nancy Mehl in her new book “Deadly Echoes” Book Two in the Finding Sanctuary series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the life of Sarah Miller.

From the back cover: After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller’s life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah’s joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn’t know she
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
A six year old hides in the closet with her sister while her parents are murdered. This is just the beginning of the tension and suspense. It just never stops. There were always several possibilities for “villains” and the book really kept me guessing as to which one would be the real villain in the end. I found myself wanting to counsel Sarah many times throughout the book, “Don’t do that! Don’t trust him.” Sometimes I would have been right, others wrong. I like it when you have to read to the ...more
Kay Defreese
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book ten stars I would but I can only give five. I knew from the get go it would be packed full of suspense. You can just about always count on a book by Nancy Mehl to be. She is that talented in writing suspense.

Deadly Echoes is book 2 in the Finding Sanctuary series. Sarah Miller grew up as an orphan most of her life. Both of her parents were murdered when she was but 6 years old. Both her and her sister's lives were spared because they hid in a closet while the parents we
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Deadly Echoes is a very nice addition to the Finding Sanctuary series. It is a stand alone novel. If you have read the first book, you will see a few returning characters, however, it is not necessary to have read Gathering Shadows to enjoy Deadly Echoes.

I found Deadly Echoes to be a very enjoyable, suspenseful novel. It has a light romance running throughout, however, the growing attraction between the two main characters is not the focus of the book. Instead, the storyline focuses on Sarah’s w
Janet Marie Dowell
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nancy never disappoints! I love the town of Sanctuary! It is a very quiet and slow paced. Everybody knows everybody....Sometimes that is good and sometimes not so good! People move here to run away from secrets and problems but if you dig a little deeper in the quaint town you will find its own secrets and problems.

Janet is like a mother hen....She loves taking care of people she loves. She is very determined and works very hard! She is a gentle soul who is not afraid to share her faith or stand
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Wow! I’m really enjoying this series. Deadly Echoes is the 2nd book in the Finding Sanctuary Series preceded by Gathering Storms. Deadly Echoes stands alone quite well, but I honestly believe you are missing out if you don’t read Gathering Storms first. Because I read the first book, I was already familiar with and attached to the town of Sanctuary and the people living there. I really enjoy this author’s development of her characters and can hardly wait to meet the stars of the next book.

So far
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mysteries are one of my favorite genres to read and I pride myself on being pretty good at figuring out "who done it", but not this time! I had a few suspicions but never completely figured it out. I started reading and couldn't wait to get back to the book each time I had to quit for a bit to attend to details of life. This book will leave you on the very edge of your seat!
I fell in love with the characters of the little town of Sanctuary in the first book in the Finding Sanctuary series and
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
The latest book I read is Deadly Echoes. The second in a series from Nancy Mehl. As I enjoyed the first one, I took a chance on the second one. I was not disappointed. This was a great mystery. It kept you guessing until the end. As I don't read very many books set in contemporary times, I am always surprised when I take a chance on one and I totally enjoy it. The girl in the story is very likeable. She really comes to know and appreciate herself in this story and learns not to compare herself w ...more
Victoria Brinius
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sally Miller is finally in a better place in her life. She has started to teach and is happy. She has been able to meet with her sister and has met her daughter. Then her world is shattered when she learns that her sister has been killed. The awful thing is that it is just like when her parents were killed years before. Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason has been trying to help her find out who did this horrible thing. They are at a loss to figure out what has happened. Maybe they can figure out who th ...more
Debbie Shawver
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was a book I couldn't put down. Because I wanted to answers as much as Sarah did. I really felt the pain of her loss. Nancy did an amazing job with writing this one. ...more
Tina Watson
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Deadly Echoes" by Nancy Mehl was wonderful. I loved seeing the familiar faces from book one "Gathering Shadows". Nancy knows how to write mysteries because there's always something that totally takes you by surprise.

After Sarah has settled her past of tragedy and upheaval, she calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school. Her joyful reunion with her sister Hannah and a niece -she didn't know about- is cut short when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason tells Sarah that her s
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Who can she trust? As Sarah reels from the news that her sister was murdered, the tragedy brings back memories of her parents' murder--a case that was never solved. But as she mourns the sister she loved not long after they became reunited, she must care for Cicely, her niece who's now left orphaned. After meeting with the Kansas City police and as Sarah is about to pick up her niece to take her to their new home in Sanctuary, her sister's house in burned. Coincidence? How can it be? And why are ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive
What brutal murders. As the story progressed and Sarah and Paul uncovered more evidence that the murders were connected, I figured that one of the police guys that came to help them with the case was a dirty cop. Lots of emotions in this book. Losing a mother and father, a sister and a mom are never easy but Sarah and Cicely were making great strides in having a good life. Sarah always compared herself to her sister Hannah and thought she was not as good as. Paul and Janet helped her see that Go ...more
Ellen White
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Parents were brutally killed when Hannah and Sarah were young. The last visit with Hannah, said she had uncovered information. about their parents. Now she too has been killed, leaving a niece Cecily to raise at age ten.
Sheriff in Sanctuary got a report of her sister death,there was white orchids around her, same as their parents, now twenty years later. Sheriff Paul is willing to look into it. Calls for information end abruptly , then 2 show up. She wanted answers a closure for Cecily. Instead
C Davis
I loved the first book in this series, and this one was okay. Sarah really struggles with comparing herself to others and coming up short, which I found annoying. I also figured out who the "bad guy" was fairly early, which is why I gave this book 3/5 stars. I felt it was more predictable than the first one. ...more
Deloris  Mercer
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Thank you Ms. Mehl for this second book in the series.
Good mystery with good characters and lots of twists and turns.
Antoinette Rapp
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great murder mystery with spiritual truths!
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really like this series, but the character of the niece should be an older age, or her actions and words should have been altered.
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great second book in this series! Mystery, a little romance, the perfect combination!
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sarah must find the strength to discover who has killed her parents and most recently her sister.
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this series so far!
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Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. First published in 2001, she has now authored nine books, including an omnibus mystery collection, Cozy in Kansas, which contains three of her previously published Ivy Towers mysteries. Book three in the series, For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Mystery Book o ...more

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