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The Secrets of Crittenden County, #1

"Missing" by Shelley Shepard Gray was a very good book. It was interesting in that the contrast between Englischers and Amish was noted throughout. This story held me with moments of intrigue, glimpses of romantic interest and heartwarming family scenes. I use these terms as though I can actually "see pictures" as I read, but these are all pictures in my mind which the prose suggests. The murdered Amish man has secrets which I read to discover. There were two stories going on here. One was the hint of a romance between Walker and Lydia. The other the story of Abby and her search for where she fit in, Amish or Englisch. The background story was of the murder of Lydia's former boyfriend and Walker's friend, Perry. Murder was virtually unheard of in this small community. The local sheriff called in an old friend to help sove the mystery. Since this is the first book in a series, "The Secrets of Crittenden County" the ending left me hanging in order to get me to read the next book in the series. I didn't learn who killed Perry or what secrets to which the community holds on tight. I will have to wait until the next book comes out to find my answers to the questions left unanswered.

I also liked this book because I live very close to Crittenden County Kentucky. It's always interesting to read a story set in your own locale.

Book Blurb for Missing

Can two young people survive the suspicions of their friends and neighbors when tragedy strikes a close-knit Amish community?

Perry Borntrager had been missing for months from the quiet Amish community of Crittenden, Kentucky, when his body is discovered at the bottom of an abandoned well. The first death from mysterious circumstances in more than two decades brings the scrutiny of the outside world: A police detective arrives to help the local sheriff with the investigation. His questioning begins with Lydia Plank, Perry’s former girlfriend, and Perry’s best friend, the Englischer Walker Anderson.

Lydia and Walker know they didn’t have anything to do with Perry’s death, but they both hold secrets about his final days. Do they dare open up about the kind of man Perry had become? In the oppressive shadow of these dark times, they discover strength in a most unlikely companionship: one that offers solace, understanding, and the promise of something more.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2012 4.00