Reviewed by Jodi Horsley

Plain Fear: Forsaken by Leanna Ellis is an interesting piece of fiction. It combines Amish community and vampires in a captivating, unique story. The lead character, Hannah, is unable to move on with her grief after her love Jacob dies in an unfortunate farm accident. At least that is what everyone is told. Jacob is buried quickly and the family moves to Ohio. Everyone that is, except Jacob’s brother, Levi.

Levi is unable to move forward either, but his reasons are entirely different than Hannah’s. Although Levi is aware of how much Hannah loved his brother, he cannot help but fall in love with her. He also knows how his brother actually died and is prepared to take the secret to his grave.

Two years after Jacob’s “death” a rash of strange, gruesome murders and a missing Amish teen bring Detective Roc Girouard to the Amish community of Promise, Pennsylvania to investigate. These strange murders are a reminder to him of how he lost his Emily.

A stranger comes to the Promise, Pennsylvania and he brings along a secret as well. This secret will force Hannah to make a choice between the dark and the light. Levi will also be forced to confront that which he has been trying to hide while remaining true to his family.

Plain Fear is not a book I would normally read. This is the first book I’ve read where the lead characters were Amish, but, being a vampire fan, reading the description peaked my interest. The book moves a bit slowly at first; I feel like it could have been about 100 pages shorter. Also, I feel that the character of Roc Girouard could have been more developed. Still, I enjoyed it.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Jodi lives in the western suburbs of Illinois with her husband, her elementary school daughter, and preschool boy/girl twins. She is an avid reader and loves losing herself in a good book. She has a Master’s in Information Technology and has been a WAHM mom for 4 years now.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sourcebooks Landmark. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.