I finished reading “Shunning Sarah” by Julie Kramer and was disappointed that I reached the end. This book was intriguing and frustrating at the same time. I always enjoy mysteries, especially when they take place in an Amish or Mennonite community. It gives a totally different slant to the story when characters are restrained by the non-violent code of the Ordnung. This story had two lines to follow; one, the crime that was committed and two, the insight to the life of the investigative reporter, Riley Spartz. I found this book fascinating. Just to switch back and forth between the crime, the law and the reporter. I don’t want to say too much about the book in order to keep your interest if you read it. I was able to read this book in two days because I found that one chapter led interestingly to the next, and the next. I think anyone who enjoys mysteries will enjoy this book. There is no end to the list of suspects.
An insular Amish town . . . A secret that won’t stay buried . . .
Minneapolis’s star investigative reporter Riley Spartz is constantly in search of her next TV sweeps piece. When she hears that a young boy is trapped at the bottom of a sinkhole, she smells ratings. Little does she know just how big the story will be—not only does it involve a tragic murder, but the local Amish community as well. Once Riley is on the case, though, she sees that solving it will be anything but easy.
When Riley finds a clue the cops have missed, she uncovers a dark web of fraud and deception in the community—driven by motives as old as the Bible: sex and money. Riley will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice, and she is determined to do so before anyone—including herself—becomes the next target.