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{May 25, 2011}   Just Released: Vanish in Plain Sight, by Marta Perry (Amish Suspense #2)

From Goodreads: Since she was a little girl, Marisa Angelo has been haunted by the image of her mother walking away, suitcase in hand, to return to her Amish roots.

Marisa and her “Englischer” father never saw or heard from her again.  Now Marisa has received a shocking call from police.  Her mother’s bloodstained suitcase was found hidden inside the wall of a Pennsylvania Dutch farmhouse.

Desperate for answers, Marisa heads to Lancaster County.  But no one—not the police or Marisa’s tight-lipped Amish relatives—can explain what happened to her mother.

Only one man is as determined as Marisa to unravel the mystery—Link Morgan, the handsome ex-military loner who found the suitcase in the house he inherited from his uncle.  Now both Link’s and Marisa’s family members are implicated in the decades-old disappearance.

The secret lies somewhere in the quaint Amish settlement.  But someone will do anything to ensure the truth remains hidden forever.


Harlequin has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, through Netgalley, prior to its release (available now), and I am eternally grateful as this book blew me away!  It’s such a good murder mystery, and as I am highly intrigued by the Amish lifestyle, this was the perfect novel for me.  Perry is an extremely talented writer and I was drawn into the story from the very first page.  I couldn’t put it down, and I ended up reading the entire book in one sitting!  The prose, the dialogue, the characters, the mystery… it’s all beautifully written, and I can’t get over how wonderful the novel really is. 

Perry is a fantastic writer and the amount of research she puts into her novels is amazing.  Her facts and information pertaining to the Amish was eye opening, and the prose is beautiful.  The story was very fast paced, and at one point or another, every character seemed a suspect, and I loved how much action and how fast paced the story really was.  Usually I have an inkling as to who the responsible parties are within a mystery novel, but Perry does a phenomenal job keeping the reader guessing, and I was flabbergasted by the reveal—I never saw it coming.  Although the novel is close to four hundred pages, it doesn’t feel like such a long read—Perry keeps the novel shrouded in suspense and mystery and I was so wrapped up in it that time just flew by as I read. 

The best news about this book, I think, is that it’s actually the second novel in the Amish Suspense series.  I was not aware of that until halfway through the novel, and as it’s such an amazing read, finding out that there’s actually another book in the series made my day.  Yet, what I really love is that the order you read these novels in does not matter, as each novel can stand alone.  Both Murder in Plain Sight and Vanish in Plain Sight take place in the same Amish community, and some of the characters do overlap, however it’s not so extensive that you have to read them in order.  While Vanish in Plain Sight does allude to events in the first novel on occasion, it does not take away from either novel, as nothing is revealed to ruin book one if you haven’t already read it, and it’s still very easy to understand the events in book two.  I cannot wait to get my hands on Murder in Plain Sight, as I’m expecting it to be just a phenomenal as Vanish in Plain Sight!  Five stars!


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