By Kelly Bridgewater
Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.”
Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.
Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago.
When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.
As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.
I have read a good bunch of Colleen Coble’s writing, so I know what to expect when I approach any of her romantic suspense. For the most part, I truly enjoy her unique stories with their unique settings. Not one of her series really ever takes place in the same town, which I truly enjoy. As for Coble’s second installment in her A Sunset Cove Novel series with Mermaid Moon, I enjoyed the mystery.
I enjoy stories in series that bring back characters that I have come to know and enjoy spending time with in earlier books. In the first book in this series, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, I got to understand and empathize with Claire. She comes back in this second book and is a friend of our newest heroine Mallory. A great way for a writer to keep my attention is to bring back familiar characters and have them interact with the new characters.
As for the conflict and romance, it wasn’t such a high demand for suspense or mystery. The romance plays a huge part of the story with a little bit of suspense thrown in to keep the reader’s guessing. Following the normal protocol for a romance book, I was pretty sure that Mallory and Kevin would overcome the struggles that kept them apart and find a way to move onto their future together. Totally predictable. On the other hand, the suspense part got vamped up in the last fifty pages of the book and kept me turning the pages, wanting to understand the reasoning behind the bad person’s actions. Totally a unique idea. Really liked it.
As for the writing, Coble does an excellent job at describing and inviting her readers into the setting with her use of imagery and descriptive words. I really felt like I have gone back and visited a favorite family vacation spot that I can’t wait to return to every summer. The even amount of prose and dialogue keeps the story moving at a quick pace, allowing me to flip through the story pretty rapidly. I really had a hard time putting down the book.
True to a great mystery, Colleen Coble latest mystery, Mermaid Moon, kept my attention as the sparks and danger flew across the pages, inviting me to return once more to Sunset Cove. I really can’t wait for the next book to come out.
I received a complimentary copy of Mermaid Moon from Thomas Nelson Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own.
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My Review: 4 out of 5 stars