I enjoyed reading this suspenseful novel, about a serial killer called the Groom Reaper. If you cringe at getting inside the head of a serial killer and the people that love them...then skip this one. This book deals with the realities of how people think and react from past hurts. Although the Faith element is small it is there. I loved the quote from Dana, "I don't want to, but I know I should be Jesus with skin on for him." Great truth in that. I also liked that Dana could look beyond the physical disfigurement of Boone and look at his heart. Isn't that what God does? Great metaphor on Ms. Coble's part. Her books might keep you awake trying to figure out who done it, or in my case seeing if you guessed correctly. Well written and enjoyable.
I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
So far there has never been a book by Colleen Coble that I haven't loved. Beneath Copper Falls is no exception. Renewing acquaintances with the people and search and rescue dogs of Rock Harbor was like going home to see old friends. As always, Rock Harbor hides a secret killer who is not revealed until nearing the end of the book. True sleuths might figure it out, but not I.
Thanks to Colleen Coble, I passed up sleep to finish this one!
August 16, 2017
Have you ever stayed up so late at night to finish a book? Perhaps even trying everything to keep your eye open including holding them open? Well that was my summary of how I spent last night as I began Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble. Just the first three pages had my interest and I knew I was in for an adrenaline rush before my night was over. And yes, even as midnight approached I knew I had to finish this one. I had to know what was going to happen, I mean who can nod off to sleep while your characters fate hung in the balance, not knowing if they were going to live or die?
Dana Newell was married after thinking she had found the perfect guy. But as we all know, there is no such things as the perfect guy. When all the warning sounds are going off around you, but you still believe you were meant to be. I mean she meet Garret through her brother Chris, when attending one of his military parties. They were good friends. She loved how focused on her he was never looking away and making her feel like she was the only one in the room for him. After countless threats, beatings and fearing for her life, she knew she had to escape. So she waited for her shift as a 911 operator to end, and she made her way back home to Washington, where her brother Chris was waiting for her. She knew he wouldn't let anything happen to her.
She even managed to score another job working as a 911 dispatcher and soon life would be perfect. She knew that Garret would know she went back to her hometown, but Dana felt that with so many people she knew looking out for her that she would be safe. At least until she began to see signs that Garret was back and he was going to make sure Dana would come home with him, even if it meant taking out those who stood in his way, one by one. She finds solace and comfort in Boone Carter, a former smoke jumper who was badly burned and found that true love doesn't exist. At least when his fiance left him when she saw his face. Now he knows that no one can love him for who he really is, when all they can see is his scars. But even though Dana may not have visible scars, she still has them and soon her and Boone work together to ensure that Dana can defend herself if Garret gets too close. But will Boone become Garret's next target instead?
I received Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers and TLC Book Tours. This was one of the best murder mysteries I have read because one I was engaged I never wanted to turn my back on the action jumping off of the pages. It was heart-stopping, page turning, and trying to convince my eyes to read faster so I could know how it turns out. I love the interactions between Dana and Boone and love their friendship! That so many of us focus on what we see in people without getting to truly know them, but its on the inside the counts so much more. As the years go by and we age, we better hope that what we loved about someone is more than just skin deep! I wanted so much more and now will take a trip to my local library or book store to get all the Rock Harbor series novels. Who knew I could love a genre as much as I did this one! 5 out of 5 stars for keeping me wide awake til I finished and wanting more!!! A Discussion Guide is included for book clubs at the conclusion of this novel.
n the last two days, I've read two of Colleen Coble's Rock Harbor suspense books. That's a lot of
fast-paced, mind-twisting mystery and a LOT of time on the NOOK in less than 48 hours. The first book was a re-release of Abomination, now called HOUSE OF SWANS, and the second book was Coble's July release BENEATH COPPER FALLS. BENEATH COPPER FALLS was definitely Coble at her A-game. She delivered a tightly woven story that offered the Upper Peninsula Michigan setting that I love, along with a chilling mystery (when you get to the end, you will know why I chose the word chilling), and a budding romance, as well as believable side stories. I liked that the romance which grew between Dana Newell and Boone was not as fast paced as the suspense. To the pair, it just seemed like they had a growing friendship and a natural concern for each other, especially since Dana's former boyfriend was stalking her and had followed her all the way from Washington state to Rock Harbor on Lake Superior. When Dana fears a link between Garrett, her former boyfriend, and an elusive man dubbed "The Groom Reaper," both Dana and Boone alert the authorities and begin their own investigations. There are a lot of short chapters in BENEATH COPPER FALLS with change of characters and even change of cities. While these may seem abrupt and confusing, that is the intent since we are being given pieces to a puzzle that do not easily fit together until later. I found my mind trying to race ahead and fit it all together.
Like most suspense series set in a central location, there are repeat characters. In the Rock Harbor books, that would be Bree, who trains search and rescue dogs and her husband Kade. I like their presence in the books and they had a layer of authenticity to the UP setting. However, both of the last two books feature their restored lighthouse home as a place that a "bad guy" tries to break into, and each time their young children are there. While the author has not actually written scenes in which the kids face the dangerous person, I guess the kids' inclusion in these scenes is a bit too dark for me.
I know if Colleen Coble writes another Rock Harbor mystery, I will return to this fictional Lake Superior town, but for now I long for a real journey to the UP forests, shorelines, and rocks that I find most peaceful. If I can't get there in person this fall, I will be searching for another book (but not a suspense) that will take me there.
I obtained a copy of HOUSE OF SWANS from WPLC, the Wisconsin libraries spot for e-books, and received an e-version of BENEATH COPPER FALLS from NetGalley. All opinions are mine and I was not required to write a review.
I am not sure why, but I became a Colleen Coble fan late in her writing career. I had sporadically read some of her books, but didn't get into them that much. That has changed over the last few years, and I have become an avid reader of her books. In fact, I have gone back and read around 20 of her books in the last month, many that I had read before.
Her best series, in my opinion, is her Rock Harbor Series. The characters are impossible not to like, and everything about the series is just top notch. It has been several years since the series ended, so I was a bit dubious about another book in the series so long after the rest.... but I was wrong to be dubious. It probably helps that I just re-read the other books a few weeks ago, but this book seamlessly fell in with the rest..... and was a totally awesome 5-stars read.
The suspense and drama was great in the book, but there was a message throughout the book that Coble got across, of true beauty being what is inside. The hero of the story, Boone, is a man who got one side of his face scarred in a fire. As a result, his fiancee left him. He thinks no woman could ever love him, yet the heroine of the story is attracted to him largely in part because of who he is inside. The message is there that we work too hard to impress people with what they see of us outwardly, and too often don't work on our character and everything else inside enough. On the flip side, the bad guy in the story had perfect looks, but was an evil killer.
This paragraph sums up the theme and message of the book:
"Scars and all, his face was so handsome, so beloved. Her experience had taught her of how the soul was the repository of beauty. Unlike the Phantom (of the opera) who was as ugly on the inside as he was on the outside, Boone's scars hid an astoundingly beautiful soul. She had spent too much of her life worrying about the face she presented to the world, and much too little time on the character she needed to be developing every day."
Thanks, Colleen for writing not just a great suspense novel that was hard to put down, but also for including this great and needful message.