Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble is an intense mystery that will have you spell bound from the first page to the last page. I don't normally read mysteries, but my mom has read several of Colleen Coble's books so I thought I would give this one a try. I really enjoyed it and am now a fan. There were so many twists and turns and "edge of your seat" moments that I was captivated all the way through. I have now borrowed several of her books from my mom!
Within the Pages of Seagrass Pier you will read about Elin Summerall, a woman who after contracting a virus needed a heart transplant. What seemed like a blessing soon turned into a nightmare when the memories of the woman who's heart Elin received started haunting her mind. The donor was murdered and now since Elin remembers the crime the murderer appears to be coming after her.
Marc is an FBI agent who had a past fling with Elin, now five years later their paths cross again. Marc's partner was murdered and he believes the same man who murdered Laura (Elin's donor) is the one who murdered his partner. He becomes very protective of Elin and her daughter Josie and Elin's mom who has Alzheimer's and he moves in with them in order to protect them. Elin and Marc both fall in love with each other, but neither one knows what the other is thinking and both refuse to act on their feelings. With Elin's
"memories" and Marc's detective skills the set out to solve the crime and bring the person to justice who continues to stalk Elin.
This is a very complex book with many characters interacting with each other and many story lines that all come together in one. Even though it is the third book in the series you do not need to read them in order to understand what is going on. It is a great stand alone book and if you like action and mysteries and of course a little love thrown in, then I am sure you will enjoy this one!
***This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
I've not read many books by Colleen Coble -- yet -- but it hasn't taken many for me to become a fan. Just like the previous two books in her Hope Beach series, Seagrass Pier has just the right mix of romance and suspense.
Colleen has put together an interesting cast of characters -- several I would love to know in real life, and a few I would never want to run into. The suspense keeps the plot moving at a very enjoyable pace and keeps you guessing about who the bad guys really are. The romance is very strong in the story and portrayed in ways I expect and appreciate in Christian fiction.
Seagrass Pier works very well as a stand-alone novel, but I would definitely recommend the entire series to anyone who enjoys a great romantic suspense story. If you've read the other books, you will recognize some of the characters in this story.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
"Seagrass Pier" by Colleen Coble takes us once again to Hope Island. In this book we meet Elin Summerall and Marc Everton. Elin is a single mother and she also has the responsibility of taking care of her mother who has dementia. Elin's life has taken a crazy turn lately. She was the recipient of a heart transplant and it seems that she is having flashbacks of the donor's life. Most importantly the night the donor was murdered. No one believes that can be happening but Elin fears for her life because the murderer wants her silenced. Marc is an FBI agent and was assigned to the donor's murder case but things changed when his partner was killed as a result of the investigation. Marc sets out for justice for his partner and did not count on his feelings deepening for Elin. However, they have a history together that is soon uncovered and will change them both forever. Will Marc be able to put aside his hurt feelings in order to solve the mystery before it's too late? Will Elin keep her faith in God to see her through?
This is another amazing book of faith, hope, and love that will keep you turning the pages and wondering what will happen next? There are many plot twists to keep you guessing who is after Elin. This is the third book in the Hope Beach series and while it can be read as a standalone I recommend reading "Tidewater Inn" and "Rosemary Cottage" for more background on some of the minor characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from BookLook Bloggers.
Marc Everton is about to find out something that will change his life forever. He is an FBI agent currently on leave due to his partner's recent murder. On his time of forced leave, he is investigating his partner's murder against his boss' orders. His investigation leads him to Hope Island where he runs into Elin Summerall. He remembers her from his past and what they shared together, but soon he is spending far more time with her than he could ever have believed. As a stalker hunts Elin, Marc's protective side comes out and he does whatever it takes to keep her and her family safe. He also falls in love with Elin, but knows she can't possibly love him so he puts off telling her how he feels.
Elin Summerall moves to Hope Island in the hope that she can escape her stalker. She moves into an isolated old house with her daughter, Josie, and mother who suffers from Alzheimer's. Elin hires a caregiver for her mother. As Marc makes himself part of her life, she begins to love him, but knows he only wants a friendship. He will never love her because he feels he can't trust her, right? He keeps her safe and helps her track down leads on the murder of her heart donor. Elin has been having memories of how her heart donor was killed from the point of view of the donor. With Marc's help, can they find the murderer and bring them to justice? Is there really a treasure to be found as suggested in an old diary Elin finds in a trunk in her old house?
I thought this was the best book in the series. There was lots of action, suspense and tension along with romance. There was more than one story going on at a time, but they were exciting and not difficult to keep track of. I thought the author did a great job weaving the different storylines together. I also enjoyed the Christian aspect of both main characters and how they dealt with their past sins or learned to deal with it, depending on the character. The both put God first and had a desire to help others. They were generous to strangers without expectation of being rewarded or having their generosity returned, but because it was how they believed God wanted them to act. I eagerly look forward to the next new series Colleen Coble has to offer.