Witness In the Dark by Lynne Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: LDS Suspense
Book Description: What began as a picture-perfect summer vacation for college student Jenny Brodie has swiftly become a nightmare. When she left home on the back of her horse one sunny morning, she couldn’t have imagined what awaited her in the Utah desert. Now the darkness is closing in, and there is no way out. The woman saw what he did—she witnessed the shots he fired, the murder he committed. But she’ll never talk. He’s made sure of that. For a man desperate to hide his crimes, the pressure steadily rises as Jenny’s community bands together to find the missing young woman. As the searchers grow ever closer to discovering what he has hidden, so too does his desperation. He will stop at nothing to keep the woman hidden—but he has underestimated the second witness to his evil deeds: a young girl determined to protect Jenny. As the trail runs cold, will help come for Jenny before time runs out?
My thoughts; For me, this book would be one of my greatest nightmares. Imagine being hurt and pushed down a mining shaft, left there to die. That is what happens to Jenny Brodie. She tried to do a good deed and instead witnessed a murder.
Even though the premise of the book is the stuff of nightmares, it was very interesting. Jenny remembers the events that lead up to the mine shaft. The memories have significance to the events that are going on with situation. I loved Clara, the mute girl who had a lot of love and compassion, even though she didn't receive a lot of either.
The reader also gets to peek in on the rescue efforts. The friends, boyfriend, and family of Jenny are desperately searching for her. It illustrates how prayer and dreams can lead to inspiration. There are many great messages in the book. To me, two of the big ones were faith and prayer.
This book has violence and a little girl who suffers from neglect. I would consider it a clean read.
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About the Author: (Taken from Deseret Book) Lynne Larson is an award-winning teacher and writer with a special interest in western history, particularly as It relates to women. Several of her stories, essays, and articles have appeared in regional magazines, as well as in Latter-day Saint publications.