Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Among the Innocent by Mary Alford

Posted July 6, 2022 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Mary Alford, mystery/suspense, romance / 3 Comments

GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense/Mystery
RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2022
PAGES: 297

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.

“Among the Innocent is no buggy ride BUT A RACE TO STOP A KILLER”
– DiAnn Mills, bestselling and award-winning author


Before I say anything else, I have to say this: I want MORE! I want more stories in this community, with these characters, from this author. I am not above begging, in case the powers that be are reading this. #justsayin

I quickly fell in love with Dalton & Leah and, frankly, the whole St. Ignatius Police Department – Marge included. And as I said above, I want to spend more time with them in future books. There are so many interesting personalities that make up this police department, and I really enjoyed riding along, so to speak, as they race to find the serial killer that has haunted them for the last ten years.

And when I say ‘riding along’, I mean ‘sitting on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, and frantically turning the pages’. Alford has perfectly captured the disturbed mind of a serial killer with an obsession, yet the creep factor is exactly the right amount for this story. Not over the top but still enough that you want to leave the light on while you’re reading it lol. I honestly wasn’t sure which characters would survive this journey until almost the very end… and even then I didn’t quite let my guard down until I turned the last page. Twists, surprises, and unexpected curve balls abound, and the closer we get to the thrilling conclusion the less you should blink – you don’t want to miss a single word!

Bottom Line: I have enjoyed several books by Mary Alford, but I think Among the Innocent is my new favorite. Its gripping story, gentle faith message, fast pace, nail-biting suspense, and sweet romance combine with Alford’s engaging writing voice and layered characters to keep you glued to the pages from start to finish. If you’re looking for a book you can’t put down, make sure Among the Innocent is in your shopping cart! (And here is where I plead again for this to be a series because… well I can’t tell you but it’s a really good reason!)

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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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.

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