Mermaid Moon – Colleen Coble – Sunset Cove #2 – Thomas Nelson – Published 12 January 2016
Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.” Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point. Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago.
When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye. As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.
Mermaid Moon is the second book in the Sunset Cove series, where the Maine coastline provides a beautiful and rugged setting for these books, perfectly conveying the danger and turmoil of the stories.
Unfortunely, I didn’t enjoy Mermaid Moon as much as I did the first book, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge. I didn’t connect as easily with the characters or the story. However, Mermaid Moon does bring the same mix of romance and suspense that the first book did, with the same sort of twisting and interconnecting mystery.
When Mallory receives a strange phone call from her father, she knows something is wrong. Her first instinct is to reach out to Game Warden Kevin O’Connor, someone she hasn’t spoken to in fifteen years. But returning home brings Mallory even more questions and places them all in serious danger.
Mermaid Moon has no shortage of mysteries, from Mallory’s guilt-ladened past to the suspicious death of her father, the strange mention of her mother and the person who is following her and her daughter. And all this in just the first quarter of the story. And there were plenty of heart-stopping moments to go along with these secrets.
Mermaid Moon also quickly builds the romantic tension. Mallory and Kevin have a past, one that has left them both feeling hurt. They each moved on from their shared history but were never able to shake the guilt and shame they carried. Reuniting offers them a chance to air their past mistakes and maybe even start over.
Mermaid Moon also continues Claire and Luke’s story from book one, but each book in this series could be read as standalones. I am looking forward to continuing Kate’s story in the third book, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens.
The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Christian suspense.
Themes: Murder, family, children, single parenthood, romance,
Published: 12 January 2016 by Thomas Nelson.
Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. 352 pages.