Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl

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Sophie Wittenbauer grew up in a strict Mennonite home, one that she left as soon as possible to dedicate her life to her job at the newspaper. She is willing to do almost anything to get that story that will send her career to new heights. She is surprised to discover an old classmate, now a prisoner, has a clue to a decades-old crime, and decides to use his tip to get her break. But following this lead means Sophie is going to have to travel to another small Mennonite town, a religion that she would prefer to leave in her past with its scars and memories. In addition, secrets abound in this Missouri town, and Sophie must carefully choose her friends for fear that one of them may be the killer.

This novel is exciting and interesting from the first chapter. The author does a great job of crafting a story that flows well, and incorporates mystery, romance, and spiritual themes seamlessly into the plot. Sophie may be selfish and prone to lying initially, but her growth throughout the novel is a true testament to God’s grace for us sinners. I enjoyed reading about her journey through these emotions, even though I ended up enjoying the main characters in the first two novels in this series a bit better. Overall, the plot is not too predictable and the story is captivating, creating a modern mystery that is recommended to all lovers of contemporary fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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