Book Summary: 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 flashbacksÃ¢â¬âand vivid dreams of being strangledÃ¢â¬âshe 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 stalkedÃ¢â¬âby 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 herÃ¢â¬âbefore she remembers too much.
Review: I love Colleen Coble books and this one is another winner. It is a great standalone book with some of the previous characters showing up from the other Hope Beach books. I loved the secondary mystery and was a little sad this was not played out a little more, but was just as exciting. I loved the mystery and was putting the pieces together as Marc and Elin were. They made a fun couple to read about and the entire book was filled with an enjoyable storyline and great characters. They were introduced slowly and blossomed the storyline even greater. Since I began reading Colleen Coble's books the one quality that has never changed is the spine chilling fun that her mysteries pack in them.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Thomas Nelson Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Do hearts have a memory? Elin Summerall believes that perhaps they do. When she had her heart transplant, she received the heart of a murder victim, one whose murder was never solved. Now she is having flashes of scenes which she personally never experienced. Someone seems to be stalking her and perhaps believes that this young widow knows something as well.
Marc Everton has not seen Elin since the night neither of them wish to remember, the night Josie was conceived. Marc has no idea Josie exists. When Marc, now an FBI agent, comes asking questions about the murder, he discovers that he has a daughter as well as there being more to the facts he is pursuing than he had anticipated.
Elin moves to Hope Island with Josie and her mother who suffers from dementia. Marc follows them there, both to get to know his daughter and to get more information to help solve the murder of his partner. In addition, there is a 100-year-old mystery as well as drug smugglers who are evading the Coast Guard. Needless to say, there is enough action to keep even the most bored reader alert to the end.
Having read most of Colleen Coble's books, I always have come to expect a good mystery. The idea of "cell memory" made for an interesting twist to this book. This is the third Hope Island book, but you do not have to have read Rosemary Cottage or Tidewater Inn to enjoy this.
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Colleen Coble offers another compelling novel, rich in characters and mystery. Although this book is clean, as all of Colleen's books, I felt it lacked the Godly depth in the character's lives that I have discovered in other novels she has written.
The knowledge Elin has obtained from the heart she received was an interesting plot, and encouraged me to do additional research on this topic. Colleen is a detailed author who never disappoints to never allow any loose ends at the conclusion of her writing.
The suspense held me at the edge of my seat until the conclusion of the final chapter. This would be an excellent summer read for your vacation. It comes highly recommended.
In Seagrass Pier, Colleen Coble has penned a heart pounding, suspense-filled novel in the lovely, seaside setting of the quaint little island of Hope Beach, North Carolina. Hope Beach is a veritable vacationer's paradise; with its white sandy beaches, roar of the surf, the fresh salty scent of the sea air, and the moon glimmering on the peaks of the whitecaps--but underneath the guise of warmth and beauty lie deadly secrets, deceit, and murder.
Elin Summerall has been given another chance at life. A young woman named Laura has been murdered and Elin has received her heart in a transplant, along with some of Laura's memories, habits, and violent flashbacks of her murder. Elin, a widow, moves to Seagrass Pier with her little girl, Josie, and her mom, to try and recapture some peace and also learn more about Laura in the process.
When Elin begins to receive threatening letters, phone calls, and visits from a stalker, who seems to want her dead, a handsome FBI agent from her past, Marc Everton, reappears in her life to help. Marc has more than a vested interest in her and Josie's lives due to a secret Elin has kept from him for almost five years. Can Marc and Elin, along with Laura's memories, put the pieces together before she becomes another of this madman's victims?
Colleen Coble is a master story-teller whose suspense books are guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats, with an adrenaline rush from beginning to end! She is an expert at descriptive imagery, and I could actually see the pounding surf and hear the cry of the seagulls in my mind's eye. There was not just one romance in this novel, but two! -- as one of the secondary character's story comes to life as well, and the romantic tension was extremely palatable! There was a surprise twist at the end that threw me for a loop, and lovers of whodunits will be entranced; staying up well into the night trying to figure out who this crazy stalker is! Nicely done, Ms. Colleen Coble!
"Never judge a book by its cover". This is a great quote that we have all heard for a long time. I believe that quote fits this book perfectly, as judging by its cover, I think this is a book that a lot of men would overlook. If you did, though, you would be missing a pretty terrific story.
Elin has had a difficult life between her father dying, her husband dying and being diagnosed with heart disease. The only good thing has been being able to get a heart transplant. That is, until she starts "seeing" scenes from a murder that she never witnessed, the actual murder of the person who's heart now resides in her chest. Making statements to the police about her visions only causes her to look crazy, something she doesn't want to put her daughter through. As a result, she moves to Hope Beach and there she runs into Marc who has heard about her visions and reaches out to see if there's more to them then what he's been hearing. Running into Marc was the last thing Elin wanted. Not only did he elicit bad memories of the night her father died, but also the fact that he is the father to her daughter, a fact she never let him know. As they work together to find out what her memories mean and if they are truly memories from the murder, they find their feelings for each other rekindling. Throw in an equally great storyline with Marc's cousin, Sara, and the suspense never ends. Are the memories really from her heart donor? What troubles can Sara get into? Can they track down the killer before its too late? Shake off the sand and go BUY THIS BOOK!!!!
This genre of "Romantic Suspense" is getting under my skin. I do like me some suspense, but I guess that I'm also getting to be a closet romantic. This is the third book in the Hope Beach series. While they may have been written as stand alone, there are characters that you reconnect with from each book. The suspense is accelerator to floor excitement that never lets up once. While I'm not 100% sure about some of the "coincidences" that happened for plot lines, but they weren't so overtly unrealistic that they detracted from the story. The romance is pretty evenly distributed throughout the book but it does wind up with a typical ending.
Is this a "guy's book"? If you rank the suspense from 1 to 10 with 10 being the most suspenseful novel ever, I would rate this as a 7. Some great suspense blended with touches of romance will make this book one that should be added to your "needs to be read" pile.
I received this book from the publisher and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion.