Beneath Copper Falls (Rock Harbor Series #6)

Beneath Copper Falls (Rock Harbor Series #6)

by Colleen Coble

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Overview

"Bestselling author Coble elevates her already-considerable suspense chops with this [new] book of the Rock Harbor series." --Publishers Weekly

Dana has already learned that love isn’t safe . . . but could it be different in Rock Harbor?

As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.

But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401690328
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Series: Rock Harbor Series , #6
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 255,634
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at colleencoble.com; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.

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Beneath Copper Falls


By Colleen Coble

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2017 Colleen Coble
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7180-9071-5


CHAPTER 1

A military ball was the last place she expected to be tonight. Dana Newell craned her neck and looked around the ballroom filled with dress uniforms and women in formal gowns. She'd barely managed to remember her name as her unsmiling brother steered her through the receiving line, but she had to pull herself together. She had to do Chris proud. She forced herself to smile and act the part of an elegant companion.

They stopped in front of his superior, Major White. Though middle aged, he held his trim body erect, and his brown eyes were sharp below his short salt-andpepper hair.

The major took her hand and pressed it firmly with strong fingers. "Ah, this must be your sister, Lieutenant. Thanks for bringing her. Ms. Newell, I wanted to thank you personally for talking my wife through the Heimlich when our grandson choked on that cracker. It saved his life. We're most appreciative. She wanted to thank you as well, but she fell ill with the flu today."

Heat washed up Dana's face. "I'm glad I was able to help, sir." The terrifying dispatch call had lingered with her because she'd heard the little guy choking on the other end of the phone. It was outcomes like this that drove her to stick with the difficult job of emergency dispatch.

They chatted a few more minutes, then Chris guided her on down the receiving line. Her face hurt from keeping the smile pinned in place. She couldn't let her brother down by gawking or acting ill at ease. He hadn't wanted to bring her, but his protective streak often chafed. She found herself relaxing just a tiny bit as they finished the receiving line, then found chairs.

"I'll get us something to drink," Chris said.

She watched him stop and flirt with a pretty blonde on the way to the food table. Few women could resist her brother's blond good looks and genial manner. Dana studied the room while he was gone. Thank goodness Chris had helped her pick out her dress, a demure tea-length number in royal blue that didn't show too much skin. All the women were adorned like they were attending a Hollywood premiere, though in modest necklines. Left to herself, she would have picked her best church dress and called it good enough.

She tapped her toe a bit to "God Bless the USA" playing in the background. The back of her neck prickled, and she glanced around before her gaze collided with the most handsome man she'd ever met. Four women clustered around him, and snippets of their conversation floated above the sound of Lee Greenwood's voice.

"Garret, I heard you won the marksmanship medal. I'm not surprised. You can do anything."

"Garret, would you get me something to drink? I'm parched."

He didn't seem to hear the women vying for his attention. His blue eyes never left Dana's, and he wove his way toward her through the women as they plucked at his uniform sleeves and demanded he stay to talk with them.

Dana couldn't have moved if a tornado was sweeping through the place — not with those eyes burning into hers with a question her heart responded to immediately.

It was as if she'd been waiting for him all her life. Her lips parted when he reached her, but she couldn't speak. He stopped only six inches away, well within her personal space, but she didn't step back.

"I haven't seen you before."

"I–I came with Chris." She forced the bright smile again.

He reached out and brushed a curl off her cheek. "You're Dana? He didn't mention how beautiful you are."

Beautiful, her? Dana's light-brown hair was neither blonde nor lustrously dark brown, and she was average in every way. But he could believe what he wanted about her as long as he looked at her that way.

"I love your eyes. They're like the sea, full of mystery and promise." His fingers lingered on her face.

Heat spread across her skin in a slow, delicious wave. "Y-You know my brother?"

He nodded. "I'm Garret. Garret Waterman. We're buds, well, at least we were. I'm not so sure now that I know he's been holding out on me." He took her hand. "Let's step outside for some air. It's too hot in here."

Her lonely heart soaked up the admiration in his eyes. And just like that she was his.


* * *

"You know I hate pot roast." Garret lifted the tray of food and glared at her over the top of it. "This was supposed to be a special night. I've been gone for two weeks, and this is how you show me you've missed me?"

Her fingers went to the tiny scar by her right eye, and she bit her lip. Where had the charming man she'd fallen in love with nine months ago gone? She swallowed hard. "You never said you didn't like pot roast. Besides, you might like mine. Everyone loves it. It's my grandmother's recipe."

What was she thinking? She shouldn't have argued with him, not when he was in this state. She'd seen what happened when he got mad.

His mouth tight, he carried the entire tray of roast over to the trash and dumped everything into it.

All thought of placating him vanished, and she leaped up from her chair. "How dare you! I bought an expensive cut of grass-fed beef and worked all day on this meal."

She snatched the empty plate from his hand and walked to the oversized stainless-steel sink already filled with soapy water. She plunged the tray into the water, but before she could wash it, his hard fingers clamped onto the back of her neck. "Let go of me!"

She wasn't afraid, not while the adrenaline from her righteous anger raged through her. She tried to twist out of his grip, but he still worked out even though he'd gotten out of the military. "I said let go of me or I'll call the police!"

"You're not calling anyone." His voice pitched low to a calm and deadly timbre. He pushed her head down into the sink. Warm water filled her nose and mouth and the suds stung her eyes. She gripped the counter with both hands and tried to pull out of the water to breathe, but he held her neck relentlessly in place until her chest burned and spots danced in front of her eyes.

He's going to kill me.

Panic gave her a new surge of energy, and she fought with all her strength, though her efforts were useless.

Then his fingers moved to her hair, and he yanked her head out of the water. She drew a sweet lungful of air and sank to the floor where she gulped in oxygen as fast as she could until her vision began to clear. By the time she found the strength to stand he'd gone.

She staggered to the bathroom in time to vomit.

Surely he hadn't really meant to hurt her, had he? She hugged the cold porcelain of the toilet and let the tears fall for the ruin of a dream that she should have seen was too good to be true.


* * *

Three Months Later "Nine-oneone, what is your emergency?" Dana rested her fingers on the keyboard to enter the last call of her night shift.

The familiar background noise of talking and keyboards in the dispatch room enfolded her. A room she would say good-bye to today. Her departure couldn't come too soon for her.

"My husband's had a heart attack! Please, I need help." The woman's desperate voice quivered.

Dana inputted the nature of the emergency and checked the address on the computer. "What is your address?" The woman rattled off the same address on the screen. "Stay on the line with me while I send paramedics on the way." Dana put reassurance into her voice and keyed in the request for an ambulance.

"He's not breathing!"

"The ambulance is on the way. Do you know CPR?"

"No, I never took any training. I should have learned! I knew he had a heart issue."

"Take a deep breath, ma'am. This is not your fault, okay?" Dana badly wanted to pray with her, but after glancing sideways at her coworker, she opted to shoot up a silent prayer. Even though this was her last shift, she'd gotten into trouble so many times that it had become impossible to speak up any longer.

Dana stayed on the line and tried to keep the woman calm until the siren's wail came over the phone.

"The ambulance is here! I have to get the door. Thank you for being here with me." The line clicked and went dead.

Dana rubbed her tight right shoulder. Clear emergencies always left her tense and upset. Another call rang through. "Nine-one-one, what is your emergency?"

"Miss me, baby?" Garret's deep voice impaled her.

Her fingers went to her throat. "How dare you call me here, especially after what you did."

His voice always got to her. Was she wrong to run away? Maybe he could change. She gave a slight shake of her head. Not this time. She wouldn't let him talk her into going back again. She absently rubbed at the tiny scar by her eye.

"Look, I just lost my temper, okay? I've got a lot of stress right now."

The lump in her throat kept her words locked down for a long moment. A year ago life had seemed so different. The first time Garret had looked her way she'd been shocked. With his sun-streaked blond hair and blue eyes, he looked like a gorgeous surfer instead of a crack sniper for the Marines. Once upon a time she'd thought his expertise was fascinating. Now it terrified her. Friends kept telling her to be patient, that he probably had PTSD, but she didn't want to end up dead.

And really, why had she even thought true happiness could find her? From the age of eight, she'd learned life could change in an instant into something twisted and unrecognizable.

She blew out a shaky breath. "I'm hanging up now, Garret. Don't contact me again." She disconnected the call on her keyboard and leaned back in her chair.

Sandy Corson, a coworker in her fifties, swiveled in her chair to look over at Dana. "Garret again?"

"Yeah." Dana tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. "But he won't be able to contact me for long."

"I hate that you're leaving!"

"I'm tired of looking over my shoulder, and I want a fresh start where other people aren't always telling me to give him another chance. Once I'm sure he's off my trail, I'll give you a call and check in."

A month ago an old friend, Bree Matthews, had held a training seminar for search-and-rescue dogs up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and Dana had taken her six-month-old puppy, Phantom, to start learning SAR. A dispatcher job had just fallen into her lap while in Rock Harbor, and the timing couldn't be more perfect. God had opened a door, and she intended to slam it shut behind her as she entered a new phase of life.

Going home seemed the right thing to do, even if Garret knew where she went. Family and friends would support her if he showed up. While she had friends here in Washington, they were the superficial kind, not the heart-to-heart sort who would put themselves in the way of danger for her.

She punched out for the last time at 5:00 a.m. and hugged her coworkers good-bye before she hurried to the exit. All her belongings were on their way in a moving truck, and she intended to drive until she got sleepy today.

The parking garage lights flickered and hummed as she exited the staircase on her level, and the place smelled of tires and oil. The sun wasn't up yet, and the dimly lit space held too many shadows to count.

She fished her car keys out of her purse, then frowned when her gaze lit on her blue Toyota Prius leaning to one side. Both tires on the driver's side were flat, and her pulse kicked as she knelt to examine the front one. There was no mistaking the slash at the rim. The back tire was in the same shape.

Her heart drummed against her ribs as she rose and looked around. "Garret?" She thrust her hand into her purse and wrapped her fingers around her cell phone. "I know you did this."

His mocking laugh echoed against the concrete walls of the nearly empty parking garage, then fell silent. Where was he? The shadows made it difficult to see. She swallowed hard and eyed the staircase to her left. Could she escape before he tried to grab her? No, he was too fast.

She hit the unlock button on her keys, then threw herself under the steering wheel and locked the car. She punched 911 on her phone as a shadow to her left came at her. She ducked as a crowbar smashed into the window beside her. The window shattered but held together.

She screamed and cowered in her seat. His blue eyes narrowed in a hard glare as he lifted the crowbar again. This blow would break the glass and bash her head. Shaking and crying, she brought up the bear spray and aimed it at the largest crack in the window. But before she could press the button, shouts rang out. Garret whirled and ran for the exit.

She exhaled and, with a trembling hand, reached for the door handle. She wouldn't be leaving for Rock Harbor today.

CHAPTER 2

He couldn't see the last of these folks any too soon. Boone Carter shook hands and thanked the family as they piled into their Mercedes SUV. The parents had been more interested in squabbling with their teenage daughters than with hauling in the salmon along the Ontonagon River. He'd taken them out for the day, and by the time they'd been out for half an hour, he realized it was an exercise in futility.

His cabins squatted in woods along the shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He'd bought the land from his uncle, then built every one of the ten cabins himself. Carter's Cabins had become known as one of the best places to stay for the adventure seeker, a reputation he'd fought hard to gain.

He gave a final wave to his departing guests, then went toward the large red barn housing his outfitter business. His cousin's small red convertible had pulled into the gravel parking lot a few minutes ago. She got out of her car and hurried to join him as he neared the front door.

Allyson was a beautiful young woman. She and his sister, Renee, had worked at a small newspaper in Washington. Allyson had been a bulldog about finding out who had killed Renee. She'd arrived a couple days ago to talk to him about what they'd turned up so far. All their efforts had come to a big fat zero. He'd talked to the lead detective just two weeks ago, and the police were stymied too.

A familiar wave of grief swamped him, and he tamped it down and smiled at her. "Coffee? I need some after dealing with that family."

She put her hand on his arm. "There's been another murder, Boone. It's eerily like Renee's."

Some other family was going through the trauma they'd endured.

He shoved open the door and wished he could push away the memories that easily.

He led her past the rough wooden counter where one of his employees explained the various backpacking options to two men.

In his office Boone closed the door behind them and went to the coffeepot. The stuff had been sitting there for hours, and he grimaced at the bitter taste.

He handed her a cup of the atrocious brew. "You should be finding a good man instead of pursuing an impossible quest like this. It's been three years since Renee's death. If the police can't pin down a lead, what hope do we have?"

Allyson dreamed of being a bonafide investigative reporter, but she was grasping at the wind with this case. His smack down didn't dim the light in her hazel eyes as she pushed away the coffee, then waved a blue folder his way.

"Faith Rogerson, an elementary school teacher in Portland, Oregon. Twenty-six, light-brown hair and blue eyes. She was supposed to get married the next day, just like Renee. Her engagement ring is missing too, just like Renee's." Allyson's mouth flattened to a grim line. "This is his second murder, and I'm going to nail him. I thought of a name for him in the exposé. The Groom Reaper."

The media would eat up that title. "What makes you think this murder is connected to Renee's?"

Allyson perched on a ledge at the window. "Both deaths were the night before the wedding. Not a week, not three days, the night before. And the murder method in both cases was drowning. You have to admit that's not the usual way a bride might die on the eve of her nuptials."

She had a point. "Who was she engaged to?"

"Justin Leyland. He sells pharmaceuticals. He got back in town just in time for the bachelor party that night and had tried calling her several times. When she didn't answer, he went over around midnight and used his key to get into the house. He found her in the kitchen. The sink was still full of water."

"How'd you find all that out?"

"I went to school with the lead reporter at the paper and weaseled it out of him."

Renee had been drowned in a stock tank outside. While not the same location as this one, it did hold similarities. And both fiancés had been at a bachelor party. "Did you call Leyland?"

"I tried but his voice mail was full. The local media is probably all over it. I'm sure no one has connected the two cases yet."

"If they're connected."

Allyson flipped open the folder. "Look at Faith's picture."

The woman in the picture held a vague resemblance to his sister. His interest stirred. "Anything else?"


(Continues...)

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Beneath Copper Falls (Rock Harbor Series #6) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Colleen Coble's Rock Harbor Series just gets better and better...if that is possible. I love the family feeling among the characters. I love the perfect touch of faith woven throughout. Colleen writes so descriptively, I always feel as though I can picture things in my mind just as they really would be. It is amazing how all of the different story angles in Beneath Copper Falls come together. What a story teller Colleen Coble is! I hope this series continues on. If you love a little suspense, a little romance, and clean stories centered around characters with so much depth, you do not want to pass up this series. As a side note, I loved the"Fixer Upper" reference! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read by Colleen Coble. Back to Rock Harbor, suspense, a little romance, and Faith entwines this book. Julie Werness
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Renee Coble's books!, I look forward to each one, this was spellbinding it was so hard to put it down! Loved it!
Freddikb More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a suspenseful, heart-pounding, non-stop action mystery have you read this book yet?? If you have not, I highly recommend you give it a try. This story hooked me in with its talons at the very first sentence and kept its hooks in me until the very end. It was one of those stories I just could not look away. Very well done, Ms. Coble! Dana Newell has suffered far too long at the hands, and words, of her abusive fiance. Finally she has stood up for herself and has returned to Rock Harbor, her home town. With her, however, comes danger and the threat of her own life. A budding serial killer is on the loose and Rock Harbor is hiding secrets that could become fatal. With death around every corner, is there any hope for escape? *I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any way*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific fun read! Excellent book with real life characters who made me feels as if I were right there with them. Always enjoy Colleen Coble
vickimarie2002 More than 1 year ago
I didn’t know what to expect since this was my first Rock Harbor book and I’m not sure I’ve read anything else by Colleen Coble but she is a very good mystery writer! I never saw the identity of the Groom Reaper coming and even after I was pretty sure that’s who it was, I needed the written confirmation to prove it. Very good story! I would like to read the other books in the series now. I received a copy of this book courtesy of Thomas Nelson publishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to picture events and places from the author's descriptions. As with her other books, she has a unique ability to keep the reader in the dark about who the true villain is until late in the story and often after your mind has settled on someone else. And the motives behind the villain's' (or "villains'") actions turn out to be plausible enough to be believed. She leaves a few clues sprinkled throughout the story to raise suspicion about first impressions, yet still leaves one wondering, "if not him (or her), who could it possibly be?" Not an easy feat, but this author has mastered the skill for writing a good whodunit, leaving the reader begging for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great as expected!!!!!
dolphingirl1500 More than 1 year ago
I just recently started reading Colleen's books and the first series was Rock Harbor and now I am hooked! This was a great story and I really enjoyed it.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Fair warning: If you read this at night, sleep with the light on!! Beneath Copper Falls is chilling, packed with suspense and impossible to put down. An abusive ex-boyfriend, a controlling new boyfriend, a potential serial killer on the loose … and the potential that this is all one and the same person. Or three different people. Or FIVE different people. WE DON’T KNOW!! But we do know to keep looking over our shoulder through the whole book because crowbars smash windows and people get whacked on the head and the snow covers a lot of tracks!!! Ahem. Apparently I’m not quite recovered from this read yet. Seriously edge-of-your-seat though. The suspects keep you guessing, and even once the real killer is figured out you still can’t put down the book because you aren’t 100% sure who is going to survive this one. And in the midst of all the RUN FOR YOUR LIVES (ahem) suspense, there is a sweet romance with shades of Phantom of the Opera and Beauty & the Beast. Boone and Dana both have scars, some more visible than others, but in each other they find a kindred wounded soul. Their instant connection develops into a great friendship and eventually into something more romantical. This aspect of the plot gives us a bit of a break from the stalking and the killing but it also leaves us breathless for different reasons. In Beneath Copper Falls, Coble addresses domestic abuse – and particularly how otherwise-strong women can be lured in by charisma and held captive by an abuser’s charming other side. These glimpses into both the abuser and the abused would make this novel a great choice for a book club discussion. Bottom Line: Colleen Coble returns to Rock Harbor with a thrilling story, a swoony romance, and awesomely intelligent search and rescue DOGS. Some of the sentence structure messed with my reading speed for some reason, but you still won’t want to put this book down once you start. Boone and Dana are nice additions to the Rock Harbor community, and fans of the series will enjoy catching up with Bree, Kade, Lauri, Anu, and the rest of the familiar faces. But Beneath Copper Falls works well as a stand alone too. Love the ‘Gwen Marcey’ cameo tucked away for fans of Carrie Stuart Parks’ novels too! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
jbm More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. Full of exciting twists and turns. Read about Dana Newell a 911 dispatcher. She has broken up with her fiance, Garrett, and returned home to escape his abuse. But did he follow her? Also her friend Allyson is killed? Is her ex-fiance the killer or someone else? Is there a serial killer on the loose? Will Dana and Boone be able to find out who the killer is before he strikes again?
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The sixth book in a series, but my first read of the series, so if I spoil anything below from previous books I will have no clue! So sorry in advance if I do so! Let me just spoil my review by saying after reading the sixth book, I plan on starting at book one and getting into this series! A who dun it from a known Christian fiction author that kept me on the edge of my beach chair (was on vacation while reading) and was so good that I may have skipped a few things just to finish! I rated it below that you can't read two in a row even after it being so good because I needed a breather after it, but after that breather I would pick up another one from this series real fast!
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
Colleen Coble’s latest suspenseful tale is also a welcome return to Rock Harbour which is a series that I️ have read some but not all of the available titles. 911 dispatcher Dana Newel has returned to her family home after escaping an abusive relationship. But she soon realises that sometimes that even in the most tranquil of settings can still not fully protect us from the outside world - as the very things she ran from have followed her here. This was a truly suspenseful tale with lots of twists and turns - there seemed to be multiple possible ‘baddies’ and just the right amount of romance as well. The setting was also magically rendered - vivid description so that you could almost feel the chill of the air and the frozen landscape. Very atmospheric. Recommended reading especially on a cold, rainy weekend curled up by the fire of course. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and was not required to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Average Read I wish there was an Average star as this would be my true rating as I don't believe it's below average but I wouldn't say it's good either. I've enjoyed other books by Colleen Coble but this one, not so much. I knew the killer very early on, which isn't always a bad thing but in this case it didn't help the book. For the most part, I enjoyed the characters and rooted for Boone and Dana. However, the characters' actions or lack thereof left me thinking "Seriously, you're doing (or not doing) that?" I simply came away shaking my head on more than one occasion. I think parts of the ending could have used a deeper dive as overall it felt a little too rushed and tidy.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
4 stars- I have only read a few of Colleen Coble’s books and I won’t lie, they have been a bit hit or miss for me. I admit I was a bit hesitant to read this one, but I must say that I really enjoyed this book. It is book six in the Rock Harbor series but is its own story. Characters from previous books are in this story but you don’t need to know their history to follow this one. I thought the story was realistic in the sense that the characters led everyday lives and the things that happened to them and the choices they made didn’t strike me as highly unlikely or crazy. I felt that Boone and Dana were believable characters and I liked them both. The author did a great job of creating a suspenseful story that kept you guessing without making everything seem way too over the top or extreme. I thought the choices (most of them at least) the characters made seemed plausible and I liked how the author gave you just enough to keep your mind wondering about characters’ motives. This was a well-crafted, suspenseful novel that kept me reading way too long past my bedtime. I think I may take a look into reading the other books in the series so I can learn more about Bree and the rest of Rock Harbor. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
Colleen Coble's Beneath Copper Falls is an intriguing story of murder and mystery that stretches from Washington state to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The story is filled with interesting characters, including several who are involved in and work with search and rescue dogs. A variety of characters pop up as potential murder suspects before the story starts to turn toward the real criminal. As a word of caution to potential readers, there are a lot of dark moments as the mystery plays out. Colleen has written several other books in the Rock Harbor series. If you have read those, you will already be familiar with many of the characters and their stories. I had not read any of the others and found no problem with this as a stand-alone. Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble was just riveting with a capital R!! OK, the references to Phantom of the Opera and fan-favorite, The Princess Bride doesn't hurt either. However, I also think even without those references, this book is sublime as it comes to suspense. Add a good dose of inspirational context in the message, it had me turning the pages in record speed. "We are not told to decide who or who will not benefit from the words that point to life. We are just to be faithful with our lives and our words. If the Holy Spirit prompts you, then be faithful to what he has told you." (157) The message of faith and trust amidst tragedy is strong, but there's a certain tenderness the author displays when it comes to our character's internal struggles with their emotional as well as physical scars. "The scars don't define you. Who you really are inside is what matters." (144) I haven't read any of the Rock Harbor novels in the past. I came on Colleen Coble's band wagon much too late. If the others are anything like Beneath the Falls, I'm in for sure. I didn't think I missed anything when reading this installment, so definitely doable as a standalone piece. I would love to read further about the other characters I've met in this one, especially Bree and Kade's story. When it came to suspense, it's deep and well twisted in the plot to not give away too many clues. I did think of the possibility of the culprit, but deep down, I was hoping this person wasn't it. Though it didn't come on as a surprise, I did stare in disbelief at the outcome of one character (spoiler - hightlight to see) that died. Then there's this. I started this story late in the evening, and I wished I didn't. Possibly because I had quite the scary dream (quite similar to the storyline) afterwards. Yes, you've been warned. I think for a suspense novel that had such an impact, that is quite a thrill. In all, Beneath Copper Falls lives up to its genre, great suspense, but also add in such profound insight in its message, it's for sure a must read. Then we can't negate the romantic thread associated with it, can we? With lines that links The Princess Bride and Phantom of the Opera, I think not. Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion. Please note, all quotes are taken from ARC (essentially an uncorrected proof). Please do not share quote or if do, please make note that it is taken from an ARC.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
I have read several of the other Rock Harbor books by Colleen Coble. Her suspenseful writing continues in Beneath Copper Falls and mixes in familiar characters like Bree, Kade, and their family. The search and rescue dogs add personality to the storyline, also. Dana Newell moves to Rock Harbor looking for a new beginning, away from her harmful relationship with her ex-fiance. She moves in with her brother who travels for work. She has found a job as a police dispatcher and renews her ties to former friends. One of them, Allyson is found dead after a desperate phone call to Dana. Now her free time is consumed with discovering what is happening in Rock Harbor. She is joined reluctantly by a cousin of the deceased, Boone, who has secrets of his own.. Will her move to Rock Harbor be the sanctuary she hoped it would be? The pages will fly by as you find the answer! I was given a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
THersh27 More than 1 year ago
When Dana Newell moves back to her home town of Rock Harbor, she thought she'd be starting over, free from her abusive fiancé. However, there are many secrets and dangers she wasn't aware of in her hometown. As she tries to help her new friend Boone unravel the mystery of his sister's murder, they find more questions than answers. Will her ex-fiancé finally leave her alone so she can move on with her life? Will they be able to find the murderer before he strikes again? Colleen Coble has written another amazing story! It will keep you on the edge of your seat from page one. The suspense grabbed me from the very beginning and kept me guessing until the very end. While this is a part of the Rock Harbor series, I have not read any of the rest of the series and I didn't feel lost, so it definitely can stand alone. So what are you waiting for? Go grab your copy and get started, you will want to read this one! **I received this book free from the publisher through the Fiction Guild program. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
Ah. Colleen Coble. Can't go wrong with her romantic suspense novels. In this latest installment, we revisit Rock Harbor and all the wonderful characters like Bree, Kade, Laurie, Mason, and the gang. This book can be read as a stand-alone. But if you've been following Bree and Kade's life and adventure, it's nice to see them settled into a wonderful family routine. The setting of Rock Harbor, especially in the winter and the snow storms, is a chilling backdrop for a great suspense novel. Ms. Coble's writing is fast-paced and the anticipation of "what will happen next?!?!" totally keeps the pages turning well into the night. The twists and turns in the story really took me for a roller coaster ride. Boone is a successful outfitter and an ex-smoke jumper who's given up on finding love due to his scars from a work-related injury. His emotional scars run very deep and he can't seem to climb out of his bitterness and isolation. Dana is a sweet-tempered and loving woman returning to Rock Harbor after a rocky relationship. She reconnects with Bree and Boone's cousin Allyson as the plot literally thickens and she's thrown into danger. The path to forgiveness and belief in the omnipotent, omniscient, and loving God is riddled with self-doubt, fading memories, and fresh hurts but this path becomes smoother for both Boone and Dana as they walk it together. I recommend this book for anyone who loves Christian romantic suspense. I received ARC of the book from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley. I was not required to write a review or write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
This such an intriguing and engage series. I received this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not asked to give a favorable review. All I can say is wow. This is a wonderful continuation of the series. It has so many twist and turns with this story but keeps the strength of each individual available to figure out who does the killing in this book. I couldn't put it down when they started figuring out who the killer was and surprised me in the end. But I love that each of them brought their strengths to help investigate the death that occurred and looked into other same crimes. Colleen writes such wonderful books that they draw you in from the beginning to the end. I look forward to more from this series.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Beneath Copper Falls is another addition to the Rock Harbor collection. Three words describe this book: so much suspense! Colleen Coble does it again with intriguing characters and a power packed novel. I loved Boone and the way his tender heart is hidden beneath his hurt. Scarred for doing his job, he’s battling the urge to care for another woman after Esther broke his heart. Dana Newell goes from one bad relationship to defending herself against a killer and she doesn’t even know she’s doing it. Colleen Coble weaves suspense and romance wonderfully in Beneath Copper Falls. The action was consistent and every page had me wanting another.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “We are far from helpless. God hears all prayer, even silent ones. It is the biggest power we have.” ** Colleen Coble returns to Rock Harbor with her latest novel, “Beneath Copper Falls,” an intense romantic thriller. After leaving a volatile, abusive and near-fatal relationship, emergency dispatcher Dana Newell returns home to the safe haven of Rock Harbor, Michigan. Moving in with her adopted brother, Chris, she steps right back into life in the Upper Peninsula — working with the sheriff’s department and training with her friend Bree in search and rescue. Former smoke jumper Boone Carter, still dealing with scars suffered while on the job, runs a cabin and recreation center on Lake Superior. Still reeling from the unsolved murder of his sister Renee several years ago, Boone is working diligently with his cousin Allyson to solve Renee’s murder. As they find more and more similar cases — including some that reach into Rock Harbor, Boone hopes to finally put Renee’s death to rest. As Dana tries to hide from her ruthless ex-fiance and Boone attempts to put the pieces together of these unsolved murders, the two grow closer and closer together and eventually must put their faith and trust in each other, tearing down their walls. Will they ever solve the murders, and can their cases be related at all? Colleen Coble does a great job diving deep into the characters and sharing their life lessons with us. She takes us on a brilliant journey as they grow. Dana learned at a young age that life can change in an instant into something horrific and twisted, and yet she manages to grow up into a kind and productive person. Besides being a thriller, “Beneath Copper Falls” also offers many gems — the journey we face in finding a true haven; failure isn’t fatal, as Bree reminds Dana, but giving up is; we need to always strive to be faithful with both our lives and words; listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings; the willingness to heal our scars, both literally and figuratively, physically and emotionally/spiritually; and focusing on the inward versus the outward in our values and characters. Fans of Coble’s prior Rock Harbor series will love becoming reacquainted with these beloved characters. But have no fear, those who haven’t read the former books in the series can definitely read “Beneath Copper Falls” as a standalone novel. Coble offers up another fantastic romantic thriller, with just enough romance to lighten the intense moments, but enough thrills and insights into the human psyche to please any suspense lover. Sprinkled with just enough red herrings to keep the reader guessing and thrown off track, she delivers another great psychological whodunnit. Five stars out of five. Thomas Nelson provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
It's so nice to visit Rock Harbor again. I feel like it's a homecoming with people who are intriguing and a town that is very quaint. Dana is a great character. She is fierce and determined. I admire her job as a 911 operator. The stress they are under each day must be tremendous. Dana seems to keep a cool head and is able to calm callers down. She has come back to Rock Harbor to avoid someone who has become abusive towards her. I found Boone to be a great match for Dana. He has a heart of gold, but like Dana has trust issues. When they develop a friendship I started rooting for them. They are just what each other needs. The author writes a story that delves into abusive relationships with precision and compassion. I can remember growing up always hearing adults say, "Be careful of strangers . They are mean and ugly." Society does seem to classify good people by their looks. In this story looks are deceiving and social skills really come into play. The town is on edge when several women turn up dead. What is the connection between the victims? Boone has a vested interest in the investigation and wants to keep Dana safe. The characters are mesmerizing and I have to say the intrigue is top notch. Dana feels secure now that she is staying with her brother Chris. Just being in his home gives her a sense of peace. But someone from her past will shatter her security. Will Dana's friends or brother be able to protect her? This is by far one of the best books in the series. The intense scenes draw readers in. I hope you are ready for an explosive and unexpected ending. Everyone who loves a great intriguing story must grab a copy of this book. It grabs you at the beginning and the action never stops. I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.