EDGE OF DUSK by Colleen Coble
SERIES: Annie Pederson #1
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: July 12, 2022
Even though secrets lie off the coast of Rock Harbor, the truth will set Annie Pederson free—if it doesn’t kill her first.
Nine-year-old Annie Pederson’s life changed the night her sister was kidnapped. The two had been outside playing on a dock, and Annie never forgave herself for her role in her sister’s disappearance. Twenty-four years later and now a law enforcement ranger, Annie is still searching for answers as she grieves a new loss: the death of her husband and parents in a boating accident.
But Annie and her eight-year-old daughter, Kylie, aren’t the only people in the town of Rock Harbor whose lives have been marred by tragedy. While managing the property around the Tremolo Resort and Marina she inherited, Annie discovers a dead body floating in the cold Superior surf and begins to work with the sheriff’s office to tie the death to a series of other mysterious reports in the area.
At the same time, her first love, Jon Dustan, returns after nine years away, reigniting the town’s memory of a cold case he’d been suspiciously linked to before he left to pursue his orthopedic residency. For the sake of her investigation and her heart, Annie tries to stay away. But avoiding Jon becomes impossible once Annie realizes she is being targeted by someone desperate to keep secrets from the past hidden.
In this new series, bestselling romantic-suspense author Colleen Coble returns to one of her most beloved towns, where familiar faces—and unsolved cases—await.
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Rock Harbor has a special place in a lot of reader hearts, so I know I speak for all of us when I say how ecstatic I am to return to its shores in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. And while Annie Pederson is the star of this new series, fans will be pleased to know that we get to visit with Bree, Kade, Anu, and many other beloved Rock Harbor characters and the picturesque town they call home.
From the opening prologue, I was eager to learn more about Annie and the journey she had been on since the trauma she suffered at age nine. Not only was Annie injured and left for dead, her sister was also kidnapped right in front of her. That’s a heavy burden for any big sister to bear, but I loved the grit and courage that Coble gave to Annie as an adult, even in the face of the additional tragedies she’s endured in life. In fact, we meet her again as a recent single mom, a widow whose parents also died in the same boat explosion that killed her husband, and a law enforcement park ranger who also runs her family’s marina & resort. Any one of those things may have defeated even the strongest among us, but while Annie is honest about her struggles she also exhibits great strength.
The suspense in Edge of Dusk is the perfect amount of creepy paired with some heart-in-your-throat moments that make you forget to breathe. There are a few different elements in play during this intense race to catch a killer, including a possible connection to a newly-opened cold case and Annie’s first love. We also follow along with Annie’s ever-present search for what happened to her sister, an arc that I expect will continue to affect future books in this series. As the various pieces began to fall into place, I admit that one part took me by such surprise that I gasped out loud. I love being so immersed in a great suspense book that I don’t see something like that coming. It makes the reading experience all the more enjoyable.
Bottom Line: Edge of Dusk is another stellar romantic suspense from author Colleen Coble. The second-chance romance is sweet & swoony, Annie’s work is fascinating, and the suspense part of the story keeps the intensity level high. I am delighted that this is the first book in a new series, and I’m looking forward to more adventures to come, particularly for the handful of things that aren’t completely resolved at the end. The familiar setting feels like coming home, and it’s so fun to catch up with beloved characters and meet new faces, too. A definite must-read!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion
Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series.
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