Book Review: Seagrass Pier

25 Jun

Seagrass-Pier-e1400086545129In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger’s memories . . . before they cost her everything.

Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.

But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks—and vivid dreams of being strangled—she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor’s murder.

Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked—by a man she’s only met in her nightmares.

The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin’s daughter.

Of course, he doesn’t know about that. Yet.

Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there’s no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her—before she remembers too much.

 

CCoble-110Colleen 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.

 

My Impressions:

Action-packed suspense is the hallmark of Colleen Coble’s newest offering in the popular Hope Beach series, Seagrass Pier. An old mystery and a new murder combine with stalkers, drug smugglers, and memories from a murder victim to form the background for a second chance romance. Combining all the things fans of romantic suspense would want, this novel is the perfect traveling companion for your next vacation.

Elin Summerall is the recipient of a heart transplant. But along with a new chance at life, Elin has memories that are not her own. Flashes of memory from murder victim/donor Laura intrude on Elin’s life. If that is not frightening enough, she now has a stalker that is intent on keeping her silent. Marc Everton, an FBI agent investigating the murder of his partner, is sure Laura’s murder is the key to solving his case. But he is skeptical of Elin’s memories, until more and more pieces of the puzzle fall into place. There is a definite attraction between the two, but past guilt and betrayal may keep them apart.

The suspense takes off right from the start of Seagrass Pier. The reader is plunged into the midst of the story and the action never slows down. Coble’s use of cell memory as a plot device is very intriguing. She also introduces an old journal found at Elin’s Hope Beach home to further the mystery surrounding the house — I just wish this thread had been more developed. The characters are interesting and a few favorites from previous books make an appearance. The final wrap-up of the mysteries was a little quick and neat for me, but I really enjoyed the romance between the two main characters. The addition of Elin’s mother’s Alzheimer’s could be a good discussion starter for a book club.

All in all, I enjoyed Seagrass Pier. It’s beachy setting and suspense-filled pages are perfect for a summer read.

Recommended.

(Thanks to NetGalley and LitFuse for my ebook review copy. All opinions expressed  are mine alone.)

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Giveaway!

Don’t miss Colleen Coble‘s latest release in the Hope Beach series, Seagrass Pier. The book releases July 1st, and Colleen’s publisher is offering the ebook at a special pre-order price of just $4.99 between now and 6/30 everywhere ebooks are sold.

PLUS . . . between 6/9 – 6/30 Colleen will be hosting a Kindle giveaway.

One winner will receive:
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Seagrass Pier and the rest of the Hope Beach series by Colleen Coble

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