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The reason I give the book a 4 rather than a 5 is the romance trouble and why it happened he said struggling not to give a spoiler. It's quite possible that my frustration however comes from the fact that I'm 60, I've been down that road and have already learned the lesson that our protagonists have yet to learn, LOL.

I will say that this is a fairly high 4 and I plan to get the next installment as soon as it's published. I also plan to to read some of Ms. Wiehl's other books. I'd side stepped them I struggled through this, to be honest. The part where they were drugged and such works up to a part after the murder of that young girl. They were not drugged then. But, hey, they are from the East Salem rich families, so that's fine. The best description would be: remember the horror films wher I struggled through this, to be honest.

I don't mind the biblical good versus evil stories at all as long as they are not like this one. Most of those who are evil are not Americans so far. Note the most so I won't have to justify what I write here. Even the murderer from the first book is adopted from another country guess which one.

Then you 'find' out that Native Americans didn't have any means to fight demons until a white man came to teach them. Lucky them, right? Oh, and the demon gave them small pox too. I really don't see any point in making Dani and Tommy a couple. No point at all. They are both warned that someone is going to betray them, but they miss even the most obvious signs. I enjoy good versus evil stories. There is a good story somewhere beneath all the crap, but it's too much work to find it. I will probably read the third book in the trilogy to see the resolution, but I really hope it isn't like this one.

I have always liked books and movies that depict the battle between good and evil. Especially books that feature demons, angels and secret societies. Darkness Rising is the second book in the East Salem trilogy and it had me on edge the entire time. Evil is coming and its starting in East Salem Massachusetts. This tale left me breathless and afraid. I cannot wait for the final installment. This tale picks up right after book one ended. Forensic psychiatrist Dana Harris and football legend, turned I have always liked books and movies that depict the battle between good and evil.

Forensic psychiatrist Dana Harris and football legend, turned private eye Tommy Gunderson are investigating the mysterious death of a young girl and the boy who killed her. An angel named Charlie appears as a biker dude to guide them. Officially the case is closed. When a one hundred year old woman is killed in a closed room it quickly becomes clear that something supernatural is in Salem. Dana and Tommy are convinced that the St. The closer they get the more danger they find themselves in. It will take bringing in others to uncover the evil plot and save themselves from demons.

I really like the characters Wiehl has created in Tommy and Dana. Tommy is strong in his faith, confident and knows he has been blessed. He has an uncanny ability to see patterns in things, and a determination to see things through. He is solid, honest and someone I'd like to call a friend. Dana is a scientist at heart, and her faith sometimes takes a backseat to her need for answers. While she is confident in her abilities, she often feels like a teen when it comes to relationships and trust.

Carl is suffering as the anniversary of daughter died approaches. Other key players are introduced rounding out the members who will unite to fight evil. Of course the evil villains in this tale were mysterious, creepy and gave me goose bumps. Be on the lookout for a windgo. Darkness Rising oozes creepiness and kept me reading late into the evening. It is a tale of good versus evil and Wiehl gives us an awesome back history of this battle with secret societies that had me drooling.

While the tale is laced in faith, and the message clear you cannot help but be caught up in the plot. I have always loved tales of possession, the television show Supernatural, the Omen and the Exorcist. Give me an evil society working for Satan, an unknowing oblivious world and a group destine to save them and I am completely enthralled. This had so many dangerous action scenes, dark twists and legends; I couldn't stop turning the pages.

The authors weaved a tale that was suspenseful.

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They wove history, Indian and religious history into the tale blurring the lines of reality. I think of this story and shiver.. I cannot wait for the final book. I recommend Darkness Rising and the East Salem trilogy to fans of paranormal suspense and mystery. Fans of secret societies and myths will gobble this one up. I look forward to the final installment. You can see this review and more on my blog: Caffeinated Book Reviewer Sep 18, Tasula rated it it was ok.

I almost stopped reading this after a third, but kept at it and felt overall it was a pretty good story, but the writing style is far from scintillating. It reads like a newspaper, tells you what happens and doesn't create tension or stimulate curiosity. So it was just OK for me and I already forgot most of what it was about. View 2 comments. Nov 03, Amanda Forsting rated it it was amazing.

Amazing, creepy, thrilling, touching, and every bit as great as the first book, which is something I rarely say for a second book in a Series! Will evil win this battle? I felt I was reading a Frank Perretti novel! Wiehl has done it again! Dani and Tommy have been invited to the exhibition but have an ulterior motive : to locate and download files from Dr. Ghieri's computer, the school psychologist , in an effort to pursue what caused Amos Kasden to kill Julie Leonard. But the painting does draw intrigue as it was commissioned by a pagan cult.

Dani Will evil win this battle? Dani and Tommy search for answers to Julie's death and then the death of Abbie Gardener , who appeared to be warning Tommy of danger using a dead frog and the mountain streams picking on Tommy's land. Dani contacts an ex-boyfriend, Quinn, who is a chemist, to assist them with medication that has been mailed to Dani by a whistleblower student at St Adrian's Tommy's ex-girlfriend also shows up at the manipulation of Carl, a religious leader who has allowed himself to become manipulated by Satanic forces.

Through the help of a couple of angels, Satan's forces do battle , but the bigger picture is that the streams have become tainted and it appears doomsday is around the corner no matter what the battle between good and evil produces. A great read and I'm looking forward to Part 3 conclusion. Aug 31, Ronie rated it really liked it. But fears be quieted! The absolutely compelling plot drove the story and characters through to a very satisfying ending with a promise of an exciting conclusion to the series with the third installment.

I loved the intricate histories woven into the story that drive the mysteries and ultimately the darkness that rises is very a la Da Vinci Code but were also incredibly fascinating and had me Googling the various artists and pieces mentioned like the triptych. I adore books that make me learn something! Truly—one of the best yet by Wiehl! Aug 10, Nicki Markus rated it liked it Shelves: read-paranormal. When I requested this book from NetGalley, the blurb did not make it clear this was the second book in a series.

If I had seen that, I may not have selected it, as I hate coming into a story part-way through. There certainly were some aspects of the plot that needed prior knowledge; although, luckily many were explained enough you could get by with just the bare minimum. I do feel I might have acquired a better sense of the characters if I had read their earlier story though. That said, I still fo When I requested this book from NetGalley, the blurb did not make it clear this was the second book in a series. That said, I still found the story fairly enjoyable and interesting if a tad predictable at times.

The pacing was well maintained and the book just about held my interest. Given that some of my feelings may well stem from coming in when the story had already started, I have given this book three stars and would not be adverse to going back to book one and then looking out for book three in due course. Aug 09, Lisa B. My Thoughts This was excellent! I do love a tale about good versus evil. I did not realized when I pick this up that it is book two of a trilogy. I definitely want to go back and read the first book now. I liked both Dani and Tommy.

The seemed real, had flaws and sometimes struggled with their faith. The story was suspenseful and it was hard to put down - oh that I was one of those people who can read all night and sti My Thoughts This was excellent! The story was suspenseful and it was hard to put down - oh that I was one of those people who can read all night and still work the next day!

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Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing and NetGallet for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an unbiased review. Publish date: October 3, Aug 08, Alaina rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian , supernatural , fiction , fantasy , thriller , favorites. I listened to the audio version of this book.


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I was not sure if I was going to like it or not because horror is not a genre I normally read. I loved every minute of it. When I got done listening to it I really was like I want more. Give me more. That rarely happens with me. Nov 11, Brandie Lea Slicer rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok - the second in the series; imho- got even better. I really wish there were a screenplay for this series! Ok, it's going down for real! So don't read ahead if you don't like them! Even though one of the Angels warn us that one of the group is going to betray Dani or Tommy, sob!

It does happen. And to one of my favorite people. You awful demons! Now I got that out. I'm mature, just need to vent.

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So if you're nerdy like me and want to check the religious back story on some of what you read in this part 2 of the trilogy- go ahead and research it. It's really interesting! And many interweave. Anyway, I digress. We make new friends, meet some new demons, a extra demon. Of course the ex man and ex woman that we would just love to hate but can't because they're actually kick ass people.

Be ready for some jaw dropping. Because this is something I can see happening. Evil incarnate. Spreading and tangling it's roots throughout the entire world - until it finds the perfect delivery system. Jan 02, Daniel Rudge rated it liked it Shelves: mystery. The second installment of the East Salem trilogy, "Darkness Rising" moved squarely into the supernatural arena after teasing a move in that direction in Book One. While the supernatural angle is welcomed, ultimately your enjoyment or disillusionment with the book will depend on your ability to overcome uninspiring prose and lack of character development.

Also, the love interest and relationship failures are mind numbing, simply because jealousy and an inability to communicate lead to everyone ju The second installment of the East Salem trilogy, "Darkness Rising" moved squarely into the supernatural arena after teasing a move in that direction in Book One. Also, the love interest and relationship failures are mind numbing, simply because jealousy and an inability to communicate lead to everyone jumping to the wrong conclusions.

The plot is enjoyable and the pacing good, but "Darkness Rising" will leave many readers disappointed. Because I enjoyed the plot, and the dark ending that intros Book Three, I'll continue. But some will find the writing so sophomoric they might enjoy a similar YA book without the quality writing expectations. Nov 13, Carol rated it liked it.

When the unseen becomes seen, faith is the only weapon strong enough to fight in a battle involving not just murder and betrayal—but angels and demons. I love stories of the paranormal I've read a lot of forensic science books and my degree involved a lot of biology It could have been presented in terms that most readers would understand. I did like the story I just wished the plot had come together better.

Jun 08, Kristy rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy , christian-fiction. This book left an awful impression in my brain. Everything about it is just wrong. If this story were to be believed and yes, it's fiction, but it should still BE believable then angels are far stupider than demons and you better just hope they happen to be in the right place at the right time if they're going to protect you.

Also, a Christian can be possessed by a demon. Also, once the demon leaves, the person can just go on to heaven as they die without even bothering to ask forgiveness for This book left an awful impression in my brain. Also, once the demon leaves, the person can just go on to heaven as they die without even bothering to ask forgiveness for allowing the demon into them in the first place.

Also, God will give you a task to do that will save the world, but He'll make it so cryptically weird to figure out that there's no way you could although the hero in the story apparently does. Just, no. I won't be finishing the series. I don't even really care anymore how it ends. I'm done. May 29, Madame rated it really liked it. This book is about good versus evil from a Christian viewpoint. It is the second book in a trilogy that I was unaware of when I picked it up. There were explanations given in this narrative that filled in what I missed from book one.

This story is filled with thrilling moments. Flo This book is about good versus evil from a Christian viewpoint. Flowing with supernatural suspense and a band of individuals that are in over their heads but are determined to combat the evil no matter the cost.

May 05, Conni Harness rated it it was amazing. Welcome To East Salem. Love Love this series. Mar 02, Alexis Rhoads rated it it was amazing. Fantastic Book! Recommend to all my family and friends!! If you like suspense, and demons, or characters trying to maintain the balance of good and evil, than this is the series for you! Aug 16, Janet Riegel rated it really liked it. Interesting premise. Demons and Angels, Evil vs good.

Must save the world! View 1 comment. Dec 04, Kathy Maher rated it it was ok. I really wanted to like the book but I just had a hard time with it. Parts of it just weren't flowing for me and I got lost a few times. Jun 18, Patricia rated it it was amazing. Second book of a trilogy, but still enjoyed. Christian fiction at its best. Nov 03, Jodi rated it liked it. Shelves: borrowed , thriller , horror , mystery , romance , suspense , read-for-review , best-books-of-gr , read , arc. Of course, before reading the second book I headed to my local library to check out the first book of the trilogy, Waking Hours.

I enjoyed the first book so much that I was glad that I had the second book waiting to be read immediately. In this book we again find the main characters of Dani Harris and Tommy Gunderson. In addition, we also get more of some of the other characters that I grew to love. In fact, several of the best ones play bigger roles in this book, such as Tommy's aunt, his spiritual adviser Carl, and a few of the other characters from the first book.

As the book begins, we become aware that, although Tommy and Dani solved the murder in the first book, their job is not over. In fact, in solving the murder they uncovered a darker plot that needs their attention. This plot is the center piece of the second book. As the story unfolds, not only are Tommy and Dani faced with difficult decisions, but several of their friends and acquaintances are being drawn into the story more fully. Many times in a series where the first book is a five star read for me, the second book does not live up to that level.

In this case, though, Lis Wiehl has another definite hit on her hands. In addition, I was fascinated with the historical elements that were included in this one as I love history in any form. To have an author combine local history so successfully with a riveting thriller story line was part of what made this book a big hit for me.

Another of the enjoyable parts of the story was the ability to weave supernatural elements into the story without resorting to the "they live among us" story line that is so common these days. Not that I don't like that story line I am a big fan , but it is refreshing and delightful to see an author approach the supernatural from a different direction. However you class it, though, it works! As for the character development in this installment of the trilogy.

Dani and Tommy continue to grow as characters, but, thankfully, in the end Dani is still Dani and Tommy is still Tommy. They are still looking at things from a very different perspective, which was one of the things I most enjoyed about them in the first book. I was excited, though, to see that some of my other favorite characters from the first book Carl and Tommy's aunt, to mention two of them got to play bigger roles as the story continued. In addition, I was able to find some new favorites among the characters that were introduced in this book, like Quinn. The inclusion of his character gave the author a chance to delve more fully into the workings of the human brain from the scientific viewpoint, which she did without talking over the reader.

Once again the ending of this book left me both satisfied with where I was in the story, and wanting more. I am excitedly waiting for the third book. Unfortunately, it has a publishing date of September , as I would love to read it now. I give both books in this series 5 out of 5 stars based on my feelings that the characters and story were first rate, and on the level of enjoyment I had in both the reading , and trying to guess what the end result would be.

In fact, I have already recommended both books to several of the people in my reading circles and those that have read them loved them as much as I did. Oct 04, Libbi rated it did not like it. In East Salem, all hope is fading from view. The entire city is being overwhelmed by evil.

An evil so piercing, so dark, and so heavy it is hard to uncover the truth behind St. Through turmoil, misery, and an indwelling, Tommy Gunderson and Dani Harris fight to stop the lurking evil. But will they make it in time? So, when I saw that this book had come out, I was overjoyed.


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  • I could hardly wait to receive it. That In East Salem, all hope is fading from view. That excitement however, was short lived. I was really into the book, and I had been ignoring doctrinal flaws, and poor structure, mainly because I wanted to see if the book would have as interesting of an ending as It was hinting at.

    So I kept reading. It just feels right and not overdone and does not take a huge part of the story. A bit more background knowledge would have been great. Can every EOS learn what Paivi has learned?

    Where does the power come from and how does it differ? I loved the development of Torsten! He became one of my favorites! Also, I think the protagonists are displayed a little too young. How old is Torsten anyway? It is never mentioned! As you can see at the stars, I really liked this book! It is definitely worth a read! But read the prequel first! Apr 17, Bianca rated it really liked it Shelves: , dystopia , magic-stuff.

    Must read book 3. I really really really liked this book. The characters developed so nicely, the story unwound in an interesting way. It was like.. I would have loved more detail. I like Paivi. She is a stand-up heroine. She doesn't bother herself with girlish minority crap, because there is no time for that now in this chaos. I think that is very authentic. She uses her brain before making up her mind about something or her visions.

    I am curious about the other characters. Torsten already got a bigger role during this book. What about the rest? I am really curious about Christian. I wonder what his part will be in all this.

    Only the supporting good friend or is he going to go badass as well at some point and kick the shit out of the ATC? But it was smply too short. View 2 comments. Dec 28, Sherry rated it really liked it Shelves: part-of-a-series , read , kindle-read , paranormal. Finished this last night just a little before midnight.

    I'll go with another 3. I see some people have stated that they thought this one was slow and that nothing happens. I don't think that at all. This book is about about Paivi going on a journey to prepare to fight the bad guy. You still get a little of the bad guys point of view as well. Jul 20, Blythe rated it liked it Shelves: young-adult.

    This series is essentially a teenage version of the TV show Heroes of which I was a fan. I liked the second book better because pacing was smoother, and there was less high school silliness.

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    This is also good since I had to pay for book 2, while book 1 is a Kindle freebie. Paivi is a likable heroine, but I wish there were another female in her crew. And she and her brother talk and behave as if they're older than 14 and 13; the romance might be more enjoyable, too, if she and her love intere This series is essentially a teenage version of the TV show Heroes of which I was a fan. And she and her brother talk and behave as if they're older than 14 and 13; the romance might be more enjoyable, too, if she and her love interest were a couple years older.

    Dec 15, Nicole Storey rated it really liked it. This book was not as good as the first, in my opinion, but still worth reading. I do think the story takes a turn that is very 'drastic' and almost merges into a bit of sci-fi that doesn't go as well with the feel of the first book.

    However, the story held my attention and I look forward to the third book. Jul 23, Ashley rated it really liked it. Just as great as the first book!! I cannot wait for the third: so anxious!!! Sep 06, Amie Huffman rated it it was amazing. Awesome read. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next one. View 1 comment. Jun 18, Ashley rated it really liked it. If anyone is looking, the ISBN is Sep 13, Hannah rated it it was amazing.

    I love this book! It's so good, it's even better than the first book. Nov 02, Kelly Akemann rated it it was amazing. I loved this second book in the Into the Shadows Trilogy. I could not put it down. I loved how the characters grew and cannot wait until the next one comes out. Hopefully very soon! Oct 27, Melissa Verplaetse rated it it was amazing. I am completely sucked into this series!!! Two days and the first two books read.

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    I can not wait for the third!!! Daniele Cochran rated it it was amazing May 13, Sofia rated it it was amazing Jul 23, Danielle Rubinski rated it really liked it Oct 28, Jennifer rated it really liked it Aug 02,