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If I'd had a day to myself, I might have read this novel through in one sitting! I've never read any of Colleen Coble's cowboy meets cowgirl stories, but I have really enjoyed her Sunset Cove novels set in Maine. Last spring I read Inn at Ocean's Edge and was mesmerized by her ability to write complex plots that interweave.
Mermaid Moon is the second Sunset Cove novel. While not quite as complex as Inn at Ocean's Edge, Mrs. Coble has written another gripping suspense novel. It felt like stepping back into the familiar community and learning a bit about Maine culture as well. After the tragic and suspicious death of her father, Mallory returned to her hometown to find herself entangled not only in settling her father's affairs, but in searching for his killer. All this in dreadfully uncomfortable proximity to her old fiance Kevin. It becomes an anxious race to find the killer before the killer finds Mallory. There were a couple surprises and some dead ends. A few details seemed superfluous then turned out to be important later. I liked this book a lot.
Although I highly recommend reading the books in order, Mermaid Moon will stand alone. Reversing the order will be a bit of a spoiler for the first book. So get them both and enjoy some long winter evenings curled up with a couple of really good books and a good cup of hot tea or cocoa. Just don't forget to lock the doors first....
Mermaid Moon (Thomas Nelson, January 2016)
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.
About the author:
USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn,Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Her books have sold more than 3 million copies.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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