Rising Darkness's main character is Sophie Wittenbauer aka Sophie Bauer aka Emily McClure. Sophie escaped her Mennonite hometown, Kingdom, Kansas, when she was eighteen, and reinvented herself. She achieved college, and is now an aspiring crime writer/ journalist. In the story, she tracks down a murderer named Terrence Chase to a small town, Sanctuary, Missouri, where she thinks he's hiding out. There she finds some ghosts from her past, and memories that won't stop haunting her.
After trying to maintain a cover and alias for all of two days, she is confronted by the sweet, elderly woman she is staying with. Sophie soon begins to realize that everyone in Sanctuary has a not-so-perfect past, and that maybe if she makes the choice to trust, she could finally feel grace.
This was a very good book. The characters were deep and emotionally three dimensional. Mehl did a fantastic job pulling the reader in, keeping them interested, and ending the story in a satisfying fashion, but also let the reader formulate the next chain of events.
Though I thought I knew who the criminal was, I was, of course, mistaken. The end of the mystery was an outcome that I never would have considered!
All in all, I loved this book, and I highly recommend it!
DISCLAIMER :I was given Rising Darkness in exchange for my honest opinion by Bethany House Publishers.