Perilous Cove: Perilous Safety Series - Book 1

Perilous Cove: Perilous Safety Series - Book 1

by Rich Bullock

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What if your husband tried to kill you…after he was dead?

Jack Clayton dies suddenly, leaving his wife, Natalie Clayton, with grief, funeral expenses, and a nasty mother-in-law. Now, someone wants Natalie dead—and all the evidence points to Jack.

Detective Addison Conner, as a single dad, struggles to keep one step ahead of his teenage daughter while handling the department's increasing caseload, but he's losing on both fronts. An unexpected attraction to Natalie points out how empty his life is. Before he can solve Natalie's case and look to the future, the attacks become intensely personal. Then Natalie disappears.

On the rugged California coast, Natalie assumes a new identity and builds a new life, gaining at least part of the family she always wished for in the form of a needy young girl whose faith helps her deal with a messed up family.

But if Addison can’t catch the killer, everything Natalie's built may be destroyed.

For life isn’t safe, especially in Perilous Cove.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940033267712
Publisher: Rich Bullock
Publication date: 05/30/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 29,180
File size: 612 KB

About the Author

Rich Bullock writes stories of ordinary people put in perilous situations, where lives are changed forever. Perilous Cove is his first published novel—it was a semi-finalist in the Zondervan First Novel Contest, 2009. His second novel, Storm Song, won the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) 2010 Genesis Contest in suspense. He is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Quills of Faith writing group in Redding, California. His first writing experience was at ten years old on a well-used typewriter, where several keys added extra spaces after striking, and clearing the tangled print arms was a continual chore. The old machine lasted through high school all-nighters. Fortunate to grow up in small-town San Luis Obispo, California, he developed an eye for settings that remind people of home. He now lives and writes in Redding, California where, on most days, he sees Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta.

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Perilous Cove - Perilous Safety Series - Book 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
280 pages plus excerpt. This book was a bit predictable. It is a chick lit, mystery. Everyone"s parents or a spouse has died. Main character can not have children ( where have we read that before?) There is a good bit of prayer, some Bible verses and remarks about Good as well as church attendence. But it does not seem like a Christian book. There is a complete lack of pushiness or preaching at the reader. There is some violence, no sex or profanity. Characters are burned. Several dogs are abused and one dog just disappears from the story without explanation. This was an interesting book. I would read more by this author. Ages 16 and up. AD
whiteduck7 More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed my attention from the first page. The characters were well developed, and drew me into the story quickly. The suspense kept me reading through to the last page. Parts of the story was so intense that I felt like I was right there trying to help. I liked that the main characters were older than thirty, attracted to each other, but not ripping their clothes off to jump into bed. I also liked the reference to prayer, scripture, and God's love. The book was 311 pages including a preview of "Storm Song." I would recommend this book to the reader who likes suspense, light romance, and appreciates Christian values.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like detailed suspense and raw courage mixed with plausibility and a smattering of gentle romance, then this book will not disappoint. Well developed characters and a well thought out plot keep the pages turning. There is some predictability, but some surprises as well. Some Christian themes but not preachy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read. Amust for all who love a good murder mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book caught me right from the start. Couldn't put it down. Will definitely be getting the next two books in the series and putting Mr. Bullock on my favorite authors list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story moves along well without any unnecessary details. The author obviously spent a great deal of time rewriting and editing his novel and as a result has written a great book. Many ebook authors could learn valuable lessons from him!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first page Rich Bullock got my attention. It was hard for me to stop reading it. I now have his second book and can't wait to start reading it.
CaseyKW More than 1 year ago
Good story, memorable characters--hopefully we'll hear more from them in the rest of the series. Vivid, colorful place descriptions.
Anne_M_Baxter More than 1 year ago
This suspense novel begins with a rather heartless killer/arsonist-for-hire Tarz demonstrating his skill. Tarz weaves in and out of the pages with sickening frequency. Then we're introduced to Natalie Clayton of St. Louis, Missouri. Her husband just died of an unexpected heart attack, and she's sitting at the graveside service with severe flu symptoms, listening to the chaplain drone on and on about a good man, loving husband, and devoted son. He surely can't be talking about her husband--although devoted son might fit. Firmly tied to his mother's apron strings, that tie was only severed by six feet of dirt on top of the casket. Jack Clayton's mother, the illustrius Hilde Clayton, hates her. Hilde has her eye on the Governor's office. Hilde says Natalie is no good, and that she (Hilde) will assure Natalie gets not one cent from Jack's estate. Natalie's best friend, Donna, who also closely resembles her, decides to spend the night with her. Natalie feels like warmed-over yuck and goes upstairs to bed. She wakes to unfamiliar noises, discovers an intruder. The intruder kills Donna and sets the house on fire. Natalie manages to drag Donna (who Natalie doesn't know is already dead) out the window before the house is totally engulfed. Natalie winds up in the hospital recovering from a broken foot, burns, and the flu. But wait--there's more. Enter Addison Connor,police detective, widower, father of fourteen-year-old Mandy. Arson and murder pulled him away from home--but he doesn't leave the teenager alone. He takes her along, and she sleeps in the car while he investigates. You'd think Natalie would be safe in the hospital, but no. Someone tries to kill her roommate. They assign guards for her. When she is released, she has nowhere to go. No home, no friends (other than Donna, her husband made sure of that), no relatives. And apparently her husband had wiped out every savings and checking account they have on the morning before he died. And changed the recipient of his life insurance to his mother. Other than $9,000 in a safety deposit box, she is broke. Detective Addison takes her to his home. And still someone tries to kill her, but Mandy instead is winged. That does it. She buys an old jeep from a neighbor and heads for a house her aunt left her on the West Coast in Perilous Cove. Once there, she changes her name to Samantha (her middle name) Riley (her mother's maiden name). The killer follows her to the Cove. So do Detective Addison and his daughter.