1. The House at Saltwater Point
    The House at Saltwater Point
    Colleen Coble
    Thomas Nelson / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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    4 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    A bit unrealistic but still a great read
    April 30, 2018
    Book Reviewer Maman
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This is the second book in the Rainshadow Bay series, so I missed some of the story line with characters that appeared in this novel (I haven't read the first book). This story follows Ellie Blackmore, a house flipper, whose sister goes missing, and Grayson, the investigator looking into Ellie's sister's involvement in another crime.

    There are a lot of questions and trails to follow in this story line, as well as characters that seem insignificant at first. The sheer number of characters is difficult to keep track of since they are in and out of scenes throughout the book. When I got to the end of the book and it was revealed who the real mastermind behind the mystery was, I had no idea who he was and had to flip back in the book to remind myself of his introductory role in the novel.

    The dialogue between characters feels really plastic and is mostly to the point without elaboration or subtext (i.e. a character suggests something and the other one agrees without hesitation). There are moments where things just happen that don't seem quite right or are too coincidental to be believable (i.e. a group of teenage boys offer up information to Gray who doesn't even show his credentials about a terrorist that is well known in their neighborhood without hesitation even though it's obvious that it's a dangerous thing to do; a group of co-workers of the missing sister are having a conversation about her disappearance and who they think did it and why while Gray is sitting at a table next to them in the restaurant). And it's also hard to believe that Ellie plays a significant role in solving the mystery of her sister's disappearance, involvement with North Korea/ISIS while the FBI supposedly, and the Coast Guard have been working on the case for months. It's a bit of a stretch in my opinion.

    There are great moments of suspense and the reader is left wondering for a good chunk of the book what really happened to Mac, the sister of Ellie. There is a bit of romance sprinkled in but it's not the main focus of the story. The pacing was well done. Some reference to church and God was made throughout but faith didn't play a central role for our main characters, it was more concern (and guilt over the passing of another sister) for Ellie's sister that drove her to find her and to believe that she wasn't dead. Gray was just doing his job in trying to track information down.

    A few subplots added a bit of variety in the story, dealing with personal issues for Gray.

    Even though there were unrealistic moments and plastic dialogue I still enjoyed reading this novel by Colleen Coble.

    I received an ebook by the publisher through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
  2. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The House at Salt Water Point
    April 15, 2018
    Butterflyreview
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie cant focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzies boat. Ellie knows her sister isnt on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldnt kill herwould he?

    Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy.

    Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truthand familyis often more complex than it first appears. From international terrorism to the peaceful lavender fields of Puget Sound, The House at Saltwater Point is a thrilling race to uncover the truth before its too late.

    Another great book by Ms. Coble. A lot of twist and turns that I didn't expect. I wouldn't say this was an edge of your seat book. But it sure kept me interested.

    Ellie carries around guilt from her sisters death that she just can't seem to let go of. This colors her life if about every way. Grayson finds out he's adopted and this throws him for a loop. His familiy dynamics starts to make since to him now. So them dealing with these issues and then throw in terrorism it make for a great read. I would highly recommend this book.

    I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

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