From RITA Award® winning author Adina Senft comes a series of domestic suspense novels flavored with faith. In the small town of Smoke River, Washington, everyone knows the Elect of God. They’re good religious people, honest, hardworking ... and they’re hiding some dreadful secrets. What kind of mother suspects her own daughter of murder? Laurie Hale has the perfect life—and the perfect family to go with it. All she wants is for her kids to find the popularity and success in school that she enjoyed back in the day. But one night on the Smoke River bridge, a bid for popularity goes wrong and one of the teens from that weird church in town is found dead. When the police begin to investigate her daughter Anna, fear and suspicion begin to eat away at everything Laurie values. Anna is just one of several teenage suspects, but none of them is saying a word, and peaceful Smoke River divides along religious lines—to the point that Laurie is even asked to bow out of her prayer group just when she needs their support. Her marriage starts to crumble and her standing in town shows its shaky foundations. Laurie doesn’t want to face the truth. But it’s the job of investigator Nick Tremore, her cousin, to find it. What if Anna really was there the night that Elect girl, Randi Peizer, was killed? Why is Nick spending so much time with Randi’s mother? And what kind of person is Laurie if she can doubt her own child’s innocence? “As tragedy unravels a community and a church, a good woman is forced to face the stark truth of her own faith. Once more, [Senft] has created a compelling story of crisis and spirit.” —Mary Jo Putney
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Adina Senft grew up in a plain house church, where she was often asked by outsiders if she was Amish (the answer was no). She holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty. Adina was the winner of RWA's RITA Award for Best Inspirational Novel in 2005, a finalist for that award in 2006, and was a Christy Award finalist in 2009. Three of her books have shortlisted for the American Christian Fiction Writers' Carol Award for book of the year. Between books, Adina enjoys traveling, playing the piano and Celtic harp, quilting, making historical costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.From Publishers Weekly:
When a 14-year-old girl dies in a mysterious drowning accident quickly ruled a homicide, the small town of Glendale and its tight-knit Christian community are thrown into chaos. Laurie Hale, the respected leader of the local women's Bible study group, is not only the woman who found the body but also the mother of Anna Hale-one of the prime suspects in the case. As the town rumor mill kicks into high gear, Laurie's confidence in her daughter's innocence begins to crumble. Waves of guilt threaten to take Laurie under, but "She had to trust her daughter. She had to. Otherwise their family would splinter and fall apart." As Laurie's worst fears about Anna seem to become a reality, the narrative begins to take on a soap opera feel, with Bates (A Sounding Brass) coming down heavy on the teen drama and corresponding parental angst. Though the setting, plot and characters may feel familiar to the mystery genre, readers will likely get swept up in Bates's story anyway, wanting to know just as badly as Laurie and company: who really killed Miranda Peizer?
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Book Description Moonshell Books, Inc., 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1939087422