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.
I really enjoyed this suspenseful, romantic story! The idea of cell memory, where a donor recipient can have memories from the donor, fascinates me. They can even start to like and dislike the same things. Elin had a lot going on, from confusion and fear that she was turning into someone else, to her mixed-up feelings for Marc, to worry about her mom's dementia and a killer targeting her! There was always something happening in this story! I love how Elin was determined to find the killer; the investigation was very interesting. The little romantic moments where Elin and Marc started to fall for each other were done well. I liked that they both had a strong faith, though Elin had a harder time forgiving herself for what had happened with Marc. There were many suspects and it was hard to figure out who the killer was; I loved the twist! I also loved the setting and the peek back in time. I also liked the multiple viewpoints in the story. I haven't read the first two books in the series and it did feel like I was maybe missing something in the beginning, but I think overall it worked fine as a stand-alone. I definitely recommend this wonderful story!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this book. The suspense, mystery and action were all the perfect balance. Of course with any suspense, the goal of this reader and reviewer is to figure out who was trying to kill the heroine. I had it figured out, but there is a twist that you do not want to miss. Colleen Coble is a wonderful story teller and this book is just the result of that talent. A wonderful summer read. 5 stars from this reviewer.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review
Seagrass Pier is the third novel in Colleen Coble's Hope Beach Series. Although it is in a series, it definitely stands alone. I did not feel as though I was missing pieces to the plot because I had not read the prior two books. This story is full of suspense, subtle romance, and some creepy characters. Warning to the easily frightened, this is no bedtime story!
I was truly surprised by my desire to hide under the covers after some of the chapters in this book! I don't normally read murder mysteries, but the story line and geographical location alone made me want to read it. In this book, recently widowed Erin Summerall is recovering from a heart transplant. While she is grateful for her life, she is uneasy about the nightmares that came with it. The donor was murdered and Erin is seeing life through her eyes. An old friend, and true father of her daughter is a FBI agent who has a vested interest in the case. Together they work to find the murder before it's too late.
What I love about the story is the high level of suspense and unexpected turns. I was certain I knew who the murderer was, but I was wrong. I am never wrong. There were a few elements to this book I struggled with as I got further along in the story. For instance, so many characters are introduced, so much information is given, and a few too many plot lines exist for my taste. While the side stories are interesting, I found them to be too much.
The good news is, if you love murder mysteries with a side of love, you will likely enjoy this book. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from BookLookBloggers and the book's publisher. All opinions are my own.