The Inn at Ocean’s Edge – Colleen Coble – Sunset Cove #1 – Thomas Nelson – Published 14 April 2015
In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year—and until now, Claire didn’t even know she had ever been missing.
But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents’ best efforts to keep them forgotten.
Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances—at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.
With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire’s very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.
This book was far more intriguing and tense than I expected. The mystery starts straight away and there is no shortage of suspense, twists and tantalising clues. Readers are given little hints along the way, but there is enough to keep you guessing right to the very end. A fantastic romance and strong lead characters make this a very enjoyable book.
This book also shares a setting with Denise Hunter’s Summer Harbor series and there are a few familiar faces to be found throughout the book. However, the books do not crossover in plots so can both be read independently.
I am looking forward to reading book two in this exciting series, Mermaid Moon.
Genre: Christian suspense.
Themes: Mystery, family, murder.
Published: 14 April 2015 by Thomas Nelson.
Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. 336 pages.