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Waking Hours

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Welcome to East Salem. A deceptively sleepy town where ancient supernatural forces are being awakened.

A local high-school girl is found murdered in a park amid horse farms and the wealthy homes of northern Westchester County, New York. The shocking manner of her death intrigues forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris. All the suspects are teenagers who were at a party with the girl—yet none remembers what happened. Could one of them be a vicious killer? Or is something more sinister afoot—something tied to an ancient evil?

Across town, former NFL linebacker Tommy Gunderson finds his state-of-the-art security system has been breached by an elderly woman. Mumbling threats in Latin, she attacks him with an uncanny, preternatural strength. Before he has time to process the attack, someone close to him is implicated in the girl’s murder at the park. He agrees to help—and finds himself working with Dani, the only girl who could resist his charm years ago when they were in high school.

A heavy darkness is spreading. Yet a heavenly force is also at work.

Dani and Tommy suspect there’s more to the mystery than murder, more to their growing friendship than chance . . . and more to the evil they’re facing than a mere human killer.

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  1. Each of the kids attending the "passage party" has a different reason for wanting to obtain a brief glimpse into heaven by using a drug to produce what modern medicine refers to as a "near death" or "out of body" experience. If such a thing were possible, would you do it, and if you did, what would your reason be?
     
  2. Dani and Tommy experienced a moment on the dance floor at prom that both thrilled and frightened them. What do you think that moment meant, and why do you think it was frightening? Have you ever experienced a moment like that with another person, the overwhelming feeling that something huge was about to happen?
     
  3. Why does Dani feel guilty about her parents' death? What would you say to her if you were trying to counsel or help her? What does it say about her personality, that she feels this way?
     
  4. Tommy has not let his fame go to his head. Why do you think he managed to avoid the pitfalls of fame that other famous athletes sometimes fall into?
     
  5. Do you agree with his decision to quit football? What do you think you'd do in his position?
     
  6. In what sense might athletes qualify as "heroes?" Compare them, as heroes, to policemen, firemen, or soldiers.
     
  7. Dani's function as a forensic psychiatrist includes, among other responsibilities, evaluating or assessing the mental states of criminal suspects who might be declared "innocent by reason of insanity." Men of great evil are often called "mad men"--where do you think the line might be drawn, on a scale of criminality or depravity, between sane and insane?
     
  8. Do you think it's possible to dream of something you've never perceived while awake? Can a blind man dream in color? Have you ever had the kind of dream Dani and Tommy have, a dream that might be described as apocalyptic? Dani comments that in Freud's day, dream analysis held a much higher place in psycho-analysis than it does today--how meaningful do you think dreams are?
     
  9. Have you ever gone through extended periods of little sleep, and if you have, how did it effect you?
     
  10. Can you find any clues in the seemingly crazy things Abbie Gardener says?
     
  11. If you could somehow interact with the fictional characters of Tommy and Dani and send them a message via Twitter to warn them or advise them, what would you say, in 144 characters or less?
     

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Waking Hours, Lis Wiehl

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Welcome to East Salem. A deceptively sleepy town where ancient supernatural forces are being awakened.

A local high-school girl is found murdered in a park amid horse farms and the wealthy homes of northern Westchester County, New York. The shocking manner of her death intrigues forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris. All the suspects are teenagers who were at a party with the girl—yet none remembers what happened. Could one of them be a vicious killer? Or is something more sinister afoot—something tied to an ancient evil?

Across town, former NFL linebacker Tommy Gunderson finds his state-of-the-art security system has been breached by an elderly woman. Mumbling threats in Latin, she attacks him with an uncanny, preternatural strength. Before he has time to process the attack, someone close to him is implicated in the girl’s murder at the park. He agrees to help—and finds himself working with Dani, the only girl who could resist his charm years ago when they were in high school.

A heavy darkness is spreading. Yet a heavenly force is also at work.

Dani and Tommy suspect there’s more to the mystery than murder, more to their growing friendship than chance . . . and more to the evil they’re facing than a mere human killer.

More Information

Length 336 Pages
Series The East Salem Trilogy
Publication Date October 4, 2011
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595549404
ISBN-13 9781595549402
Height 9.1"
Width 6"