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Among the Innocent by Mary Alford: Book Review

  **I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

When Leah Miller's entire Amish family was murdered ten years ago, the person believed responsible took his own life. Since then, Leah left the Amish and joined the police force. Now, after another Amish woman is found murdered with the same MO, it becomes clear that the wrong man may have been blamed for her family's deaths.

As Leah and the new police chief, Dalton Cooper, work long hours struggling to fit the pieces together in order to catch the killer, they can't help but grow closer. When secrets from both of their pasts begin to surface, an unexpected connection between them is revealed. But this is only the beginning. Could it be that the former police chief framed an innocent man to keep the biggest secret of all buried? And what will it mean for Leah--and Dalton--when the full truth comes to light?

USA Today bestselling author Mary Alford keeps you guessing as two determined souls plumb the dark depths of the past in order to forge a brighter future--together.

Mary Alford is a USA Today bestselling author who loves giving her readers the unexpected, combining unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots that result in stories the reader can't put down. Her titles have been finalists for several awards, including the Daphne Du Maurier, the Beverly, the Maggie, and the Selah. She and her husband live in the heart of Texas in the middle of 70 acres with two cats and one dog. Learn more at www.maryalford.net.

Mary Alford sure knows how to write a great Amish suspense story... and Among the Innocent is certainly proof of that. In fact, I think this has been my favorite that I have read by her, so far anyway! 

The action starts right from the beginning and really drew me into the story right away. Unlike some suspense novels, we as readers knew pretty early on who the killer was and got to see a bit from his perspective... but we were left to wonder just what was going to happen next anyway. Getting to see inside the killer's head really actually made it all that more interesting. There was a bit of a mystery on how everything fit together, which I must say was pretty easy to figure out based on the hints given throughout, but again didn't take away any enjoyment for me. There was a small amount of romance, but the action definitely took center stage in this one. While this involved the murder of several Amish girls, I did feel like this is one that would appeal to readers who might not typically enjoy the genre as well. 

In the end, it felt like perhaps it was left open for a follow-up, though to the best of my knowledge, this isn't part of a series... but I would certainly love to read more. If you enjoy a good suspense, Amish or otherwise, this is certainly one not to miss. 


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