About the Book:
The Inn at Ocean's Edge (Thomas Nelson, April 2015)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.
My Review: I have mixed feelings about this book. It really started out too fast for me. I never got to ‘know' the main character so to me she was just this young lady REALLY struggling with trying to find out all that had happened to her when she was a child.
In fact I never got to feel empathy for any of the characters.
The book starts with a bang when Claire, the main character, has a panic attack. I'm no writer but I wish we could have known her issues before being thrown into her panic attack. It would have made me connect with her better.
There is a lot happening in this book. It's all connected but it doesn't feel so at first. Unfortunately this story made me want to fast forward to the end to just make it be over.
Okay so yes I did fast forward to the end and then I backtracked because, naturally, I was a little lost. There's a lot going on in this book and rather than feel at peace like everything was resolved at the end I was kind sad that so many bad things had happened. Even though there is a bit of a happy ending, it's not really.
I usually like Colleen Coble's books but, I felt, was not her best writing.
About the Author: Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Litfuse Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”