SEAGRASS PIER starts out chilling, and with little break stays that way most of the way through. I enjoy Ms. Coble's books, she's one of my top three favorite authors in the romantic suspense genre.
I did figure out who the killer was as soon as he walked into the pages of the books. But that didn't ruin the story for me. I felt sorry for Elin, trying to balance a mother with dementia, a killer stalking her, and her daughter's father showing up out of nowhere all at once. It's a lot for any woman to deal with, even if she wasn't suffering from nightly visions about the murder of the woman who donated her heart.
If you love romantic suspense, you will definately want to read SEAGRASS PIER. A great read.
Colleen Coble in her new book "Seagrass Pier" Book Three in the Hope Beach series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Elin Summerall.
From the back cover: In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger's memories . . . before they cost her everything.
Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.
But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks-and vivid dreams of being strangled-she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor's murder.
Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked-by a man she's only met in her nightmares.
The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin's daughter.
Of course, he doesn't know about that. Yet.
Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there's no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her-before she remembers too much.
Medical science has proven that the brain is not the only storage place for memories but that the heart also has memory cells. That is why the emotions fear, bitterness and the rest come from the heart as those kinds of memories are stored there. Elin is a heart transplant recipient, yay, cause for much rejoicing. However, Elin is experiencing memories that are not hers. Those memories seem to belong to the donor. Now a killer that she doesn't know is out to get her before she remembers who he is and only one FBI agent is working with her to help keep her alive. "Seagrass Pier" is a thriller in that Elin's life is in danger practically from the first page. Ms. Coble is dealing with issues that are fresh from a medical perspective and certainly worth exploring from a spiritual perspective. And on top of everything there is a romance. Ms. Coble knows how to write characters that come alive off the page. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing as to what is really going on. I recommend this book highly!
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Elin Sumerall is incredibly lucky. She found a heart donor that was a perfect match for her. After the death of her husband, Elin feels blessed to be alive and to be taking care of her mom, who has early onset dementia, and her 4 year old daughter Josie.
Then she begins having strange and violent memories. Memories that she realizes are from the woman's heart she now has beating in her chest. Enter Marc Everton. :) He is an FBI agent looking for the person who killed his partner. All of the sudden he is thrust into looking for a murderer with Elin when he realizes that her cell memory is real and the threat to Elin is real. Neither is too happy at first as it brings back bad memories of a one time fling they had years ago. He soon realizes that Josie is HIS daughter and that both Elin and his daughter Josie need his protecting.
Overall, I loved the book. I could not put it down. It captures and holds your attention from the very first page. The twists and turns are great and the whole time I kept thinking, "Who did it?" There are many well developed characters, although I think the storyline that involved Kallianne could've been removed from the book with no real change to the story. Other than that I highly recommend Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble!
I received this book for free from the publisher for review. All opinions are my own.
As always Colleen has another hit with this installment in the Hope Beach series. I like that this book had a little bit of mystery mixed with a little romance. This story had me on the edge of my seat and not wanting to put the book down. It is hard to imagine what Elin went through thinking she was having flashbacks that she thinks come from her donor's murder. I would have been scared out of my wits. At the same time it was interesting to read Elin's story as you sometimes wonder what transplant recipients go through. Colleen did a good job with the characters in this book and making them seem like they could be someone you know. If you are looking for a good mystery I suggest you pick this book up.
Mystery, Murder and Romance in a Lovely Beach Sett
June 26, 2014
Age: Over 65
Elin Summerall is recovering from a heart transplant. The donor is an excellent match, but Elin is now plagued by memories of the donor's murder. People don't believe that cell memory can be that extensive, but for Elin it's real.
The lovely home on the beach she purchased has it's own story. Early in her residence, Elin discovers diaries from the previous owner and gets caught up in her story.
Romance is also on the horizon. Elin's daughter is not the biological daughter of her husband Tim. She's the product of a single night of passion with Marc. When Marc finds out, he wants to be involved with his daughter and decides to see his daughter whether Elin wants it or not.
Add to this the problems of Elin's mom who is suffering from dementia, and you have a novel with several plot lines that fit together with surprising consequences.
I enjoy Colleen Coble's novels. The settings are lovely and the plots always complex. I do have a problem with this one because her use of the concept of cell memory to explain Elin's frightening visions is a bit unrealistic. I've read about cell memory, and it does exist, but I think Coble takes it several steps too far.
However, the book is delightful escapism. If you like romance, mystery and Christian fiction, you'll enjoy this book.
I reviewed this book for the Thomas Nelson Booklook Program.