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Book 2 of 3 in the East Salem Trilogy Series

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“Wiehl’s latest is a truly creepy story with supernatural undertones that seem eerily real.”
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About the Author

Lis Wiehl is a New York Times best-selling author, Harvard Law School graduate, and former federal prosecutor. A popular legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel, Wiehl appears weekly on The O’Reilly Factor, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Imus in the Morning, Kelly's Court, and more. Visit her website at Twitter: @LisWiehl Facebook: LisWiehl




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Product Details

  • Series: The East Salem Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595549439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595549433
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Janet Reeves on October 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Darkness Rising," Lis Wiehl's sequel to Waking Hours, is a fascinating read. A supernatural thriller set in East Salem, it picks up where "Waking Hours" left off. Though the main characters, Dani and Tommy, solved the mystery of the first book, they quickly discover there is a mystery behind the mystery yet unsolved. Further, the fate of the world may depend on them, with the help of friends and relatives unwittingly drawn into the quest, stopping events being put into motion by the forces of darkness rising. As "Darkness Rising" is Book Two of a trilogy, this book also concludes at a satisfying moment, while leaving the reader eager to get hold of the final book, "Final Tide," due out in September of 2013.

In case you can't tell, I am really enjoying this series. The characters, both new and old, are fascinating and unexpected. I liked how Wiehl and her co-author, Pete Nelson, chose to have them come together and how they related in positive ways under extreme circumstances. Discussions between Dani and Quinn about how people's brains work and how chemicals can affect them and how these relate to autism, teenage hormones, and brain tumors were intriguing and clearly explained. I also appreciated the subtle historical thread--with an obvious fictional bent. Wiehl and Nelson researched quite a variety of non-fiction topics to enhance this great fictional book.

I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary copy for this honest review. I recommend this book to fans of supernatural mysteries.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By christianfictionaddiction on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The East Salem series begun with "Waking Hours" continues in the second installment, "Darkness Rising". Forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris and private investigator Tommy Gunderson continue in their race to uncover the truth of what's happening behind the walls of St. Adrian's Academy. As they delve ever deeper into the mysteries surrounding the school, they discover that the truth is far more encompassing than they thought, revealing supernatural forces at work that have been spreading their influence for generations. Soon Dani and Tommy find themselves questioning who they can trust and battling with angels and demons in a true showdown of good versus evil.

I found Darkness Rising to be a riveting, skillfully written read, quickly absorbing me into the chilling world of East Salem. I loved the blend of hidden mysteries, supernatural suspense, and the ties to historical events. The writing is taut and fast-paced, and truly made it hard for me to be able to close the book for any length of time and tend to the world around me. I'm really enjoying the relationship continuing to unfold between Dani and Tommy, with just the right hint of romance that will appeal to a broad base of readers without being over the top. The dialogue is solid, moving the story forward while containing moments of humour that actually made me laugh out loud.

I have enjoyed every moment of the series so far, and am greatly impressed with the writing talents of Lis Wiehl and Pete Nelson. Readers who have enjoyed previous books from Lis Wiehl, and those who enjoy thrillers and mysteries with a supernatural undertone, are going to absolutely love this book. I did! 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and the Booksneeze program, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jonathon D. Burns on January 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Darkness is moving around East Salem. After the events in Waking Hours the darkness is getting worse. After discovering the person behind a gruesome murder, Dani and Tommy wade deeper in the supernatural world. No longer is it a fringe element, with angels and demons making their appearance. Working together, they realize that a nearby school, St. Adrian's, has a deeper role to play in the mystery than they first thought. But what is that role? Where does the school stand?

After the fairly conventional whodunit tale found in the first book, Darkness Rising takes a sudden turn. I opened the book expecting another murder mystery but got something else entirely. For one, the supernatural element was much stronger. Its low profile in the first book was one of my biggest complaints about the story, and I was excited to see more of the supernatural work its way into the story. Unfortunately, part way through I was wishing otherwise.

The world that Wiehl creates seems incomplete and rather boring. Early in the story a character allows a demon to possess him, which causes him to become a bit different, including changing the sorts of food he likes and the type of jokes he tells. The possession doesn't seem realistic in the slightest, thought that isn't to say that the story needed to be a spin of The Exorcist. But if Satan and demons are supposed to be deceivers then this one was a lousy deceiver. What part of demonic possession would cause food tastes to change? What part of it would cause the demon to not realize the sorts of jokes this guy would tell? It sounded like the evil plan had been a long time in the making, surely supernatural creatures wouldn't make such clumsy mistakes.
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