To move forward past a life of shame and confusion, Mallory Davis must go back to Mermaid Point to find out who murdered her father in Colleen Coble’s new book, Mermaid Moon.
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.
WOW! Colleen Coble is one of my go-to romantic suspense authors for a reason! Between Mermaid Moon and The Inn at Ocean’s Edge (the first book in the Sunset Cove series), I have been spellbound for the past two days & on the edge of my seat from the suspense! (How many more exclamation points can I use in this paragraph?!?)
The action started almost immediately and barely allowed me to catch my breath until the end. A doozy of a plot twist (or two… or three) kept me guessing in Mermaid Moon even more than in Ocean’s Edge, and I could not put it down. Even when the suspense part of things calmed for a moment or two, the kisses (one in particular) stole my breath all over again … so it might be wise for you to make sure you have an alternate supply of oxygen close at hand before you begin reading 🙂
I also loved the underlying theme of grace that permeates the story. Many characters in Mermaid Moon are in need of a second chance. Several have been given that fresh start yet still struggle to extend that same grace to themselves. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies, our own stumbling blocks, and Colleen Coble has painted a tender picture of the need to forgive ourselves as well as others.
Bottom Line: Carve out plenty of time to read Mermaid Moon (and The Inn at Ocean’s Edge if you haven’t already) because you won’t want to put it down once you start! Riveting suspense, rekindled romance, and gentle nudges of grace all merge together, grabbing your attention from the beginning and holding it captive until the very end. You don’t have to have read The Inn at Ocean’s Edge to follow what’s happening in Mermaid Moon, but – if you have – you will enjoy seeing several familiar faces and continued story arcs. I cannot recommend this series highly enough and am waiting eagerly for Kate’s story coming in September – Twilight at Blueberry Barrens.
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / Loved it!
KissingBook Level: 4 / May need fainting couch or fan to recover from kiss-induced swoon
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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.
Find out more about Colleen at http://www.colleencoble.com/.
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