Monday, January 18, 2016

Colleen Coble's "Mermaid Moon" - a complex suspense

Mermaid MoonIn the second Sunset Cove novel, when her father dies mysteriously on his boat, Mallory Davis rushes back to the home she hasn't seen in 15 years. Though it looks like an accident, details aren't lining up, and she suspects murder. Game Warden Kevin O'Connor, an old flame, is still wounded from their broken engagement years ago, but he offers to help her investigate. But can he keep Mallory and her daughter safe long enough to catch the killer?

Life is messy. And anytime broken hearts are involved, it gets complicated. However, I'm impressed the author's ability to take two VERY messy, complicated lives - that have been woven together, separated, and brought together again - and present them slowly and simply enough that it wasn't ever confusing, even amidst death, divorce, and adoption. I like the level of complexity the author has achieved.

Mallory is the standard, plucky suspense heroine, who is a little too prone to taking risks in pursuit of the truth. I really liked Carol as her side-kick, though - a single, middle-aged woman who's taken Mallory and her daughter under her wing. A lot of people have close friendships with people of a different age bracket, and it's nice to see it represented in literature.

An enjoyable suspense with a complex mystery.

Thank you Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing an e-copy for review; I was not required to make the review positive, and all opinions are my own.

Sunset Cove
1. The Inn at Ocean's Edge
2. Mermaid Moon
3. Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

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