About the Book
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.
In My Opinion
If you are in search of some romantic suspense with a twist, look no further than Among the Innocent by Mary Alford.
Leah Miller left the Amish community after the brutal murders of her family, but now, after the disappearance of a teenage girl, she returns and so does the nightmare of her youth. With the Amish depending on her, a new police chief, the loss of her adoptive father, and the memories returning in real-time, Leah races to find the murderer.
Alford kept me guessing for a while (but I did guess who was behind everything way before the big reveal). What I enjoyed most about this book was how Leah had overcome her tragedy and committed her life to serving others. She is empathetic with the Amish and even reconnects with some friends along the way.
I didn’t love the romance, though. It felt forced at times and happened too fast (especially considering both Leah and Dalton have a lot to work through on a personal level).
The pacing was just right overall. There were breathers between the more intense scenes and even at the end, I was hoping there would be another book in which Dalton gets some more resolution. Yes, I know that’s vague, but no spoilers, so that’s all you get.
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