Slain Slain by
Published by on Sept. 17, 2014
Genres: ,
Format: eBook
Pages: 349

Pastor’s daughter Emma Grant can almost taste freedom. In just a few short weeks she’ll graduate high school, giving up prayer rallies and purity balls for the halls of NYU and a new life with her secret boyfriend Jackson.

However, one night when she and Jackson are together, a teen girl is murdered in her father’s megachurch. Suddenly everyone is paying a lot more attention to how she’s been sneaking around lately. But Jackson has a dark past, and she can’t tell the truth without casting suspicion on him too.

When someone starts leaking her secrets and planting evidence, Emma realizes that being a suspect is no coincidence. As the evidence mounts against her and her life spirals out of control, she must find the real killer—before the killer decides it’s easier to frame her if she’s dead. (Goodreads)

Welcome to the megachurch, where dads pledge to guard their daughters’ virginity and members of the dance team aren’t allowed to kick above the waist. This fascinating world of the all-encompassing megachurch is the stage for Livia Harper’s fast-paced thriller Slain.

Pastor’s daughter Emma is counting down the days until she can break away from the church that has ruled her entire life and start fresh in New York. But a murder at the church drags her back into the fold and threatens to upend all her plans. That is, if the killer doesn’t frame her for the murder first. I loved Harper’s world inside the megachurch, and I was sucked into the mystery as Emma tries to piece together clues to prove her innocence. The killer, it seems, wants to destroy and discredit her life, and Emma has to learn to fight not just for her freedom but for acceptance from her friends and family.

It’s got to be added that although Emma is questioning her faith, Harper never comes across as disrespectful of beliefs. I felt for Emma as she tries to figure out where she fits if she no longer believes and create an identity for herself outside of that insular world. These quiet moments weave through a thriller that blasts off the page and kept me flipping until the very end.

Slain is Harper’s debut novel, and I’m excited to see what she has in store next.

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4 Stars

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