A murder is solved and a quiet Amish community must deal with the repercussions. Amid the surprising revelations, can a newfound love survive?
As the search for Perry Borntrager's killer continues, Jacob Schrock feels like his world is about to crumble. Right before Perry went missing, he and Jacob got into a fistfight. Jacob never told anyone what happened that terrible night. He's good at keeping secrets - including his love for Deborah, Perry's sister. But when Deborah takes a job at his family's store and their friendship blossoms, Jacob senses everything is about to be revealed.
Deborah has been searching for a slice of happiness ever since her brother's body was discovered. When the police start questioning Jacob, Deborah can't believe that the one person she's finally allowed in could be the one responsible for her brother's death. Will she believe what everyone seems to think is the truth . . . or listen to her heart, and hope there is still one more person who is keeping secrets in Crittenden County?
©2012 Shelley Sheperd Gray (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
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Gray's strength is holistic thinking, featuring the solid relationships of characters and how they help one another through the shock of this murder, and the consequences of the victim's actions and behavior when alive, all beautifully knit together.
I especially love the partnership model between the young men and women. It's a real pleasure to see people valuing love, caring, working even very difficult problems out to benefit both, balancing their individual needs against the context of Amish teachings, making up their own minds.
In this final episode, the characters are more fully fleshed out; you get to know and like them even more, even as the realization dawns that Perry Borntrager, the young man who descended into his own hell of drug abuse and selling, was not murdered by his outsider
drug suppliers; it had to have been someone local.
In an unusual intuition, I guessed who it must be, but not the right reason. Many members had been hurt, but they each had been forthright in facing how Perry had injured them, and were coming to terms with it, by reaching out to each other.
Nevertheless, the climax was complicated, very real, and interesting. My disappointment was that the actual crime of the murder was unclear. Was it actually an intentional taking of Perry's life, or a kind of negligence, or a related malefaction?
Because of this confusion the denouement was not as satisfying as it might be. Further, as a minor point, each of the main characters experiences a growth and fulfillment of purpose and partner, except Beth, who was one of my favorite characters, because she
freely admitted her faults (couldn't cook or clean very well), but had outstanding virtues
of loyalty and loving support. You felt it would happen eventually, but it would have been more delicious to have included her.
Amish book reader
I got this book as soon as I saw it was on Audible.com
This is a really good book , answered so many questions . Just couldn't put it down , had to know who killed Parry . It really gets you involved in the story . The killer wasn't who I thought it was , really surprised me big time . Who would have thought .
The people in the story felt like old friends I'd known for years . So glad I read all 3 books . Would love to read a 4th book .
Big murder mystery & forbidden romance .
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