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A vacation to Sunset Cove was her way of celebrating and thanking her parents. After all, Claire Dellamore’s childhood was like a fairytale. But with the help of Luke Elwell, Claire discovers that fairytale was really an elaborate lie . . .
The minute she steps inside the grand Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Claire Dellamare knows something terrible happened there. She feels it in her bones. Her ensuing panic attack causes a scene, upsetting her parents. Claire attempts to quiet her nerves with a walk on the beach, to no avail. She’s at too great a distance to make out details, but she believes she witnesses a murder on a nearby cliff. When local police find no evidence of foul play, they quickly write off the “nervous” woman’s testimony as less than credible.
But Luke Elwell, home on leave from the Coast Guard, has reason to believe Claire. Years ago when his mother went missing, Luke’s father suspected she’d been murdered. He died never having convinced the police to investigate. So when an employee of the grand hotel doesn’t show up for work, Luke steps in to help Claire track down the missing woman.
As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.
In reading this novel, I realized just how much I have been missing a good book that makes you sweat! The inn at Ocean’s Edge grabbed my attention from the very first page and refused to let go through the entire book. I never once hit a “slow” or “boring” part and the mystery was well worth the read. Colleen’s writing style is phenomenal and her characters are so realistic that I genuinely thought that I was watching a movie rather than reading a book. The beach setting was beautiful and well portrayed and the story-line was completely believable and unpredictable. I do warn that the violence is decently high but not overly detailed, and the murders are very well written so that you could see what happened “from a distance”; so though you knew what happened clearly, the author didn’t bring you on top of the scene and rub your nose in it.
So overall, I was immensely pleased with Colleen’s newest work and I rate The Inn at Ocean’s Edge 5 out of 5 stars and cannot wait until Colleen’s next book!
USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.
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