Seagrass Pier (Hope Beach Series #3)

Seagrass Pier (Hope Beach Series #3)

by Colleen Coble
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quaintinns More than 1 year ago
A special thank you to Thomas Nelson—FICTION and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. SEAGRASS PIER by Colleen Coble part of an intriguing Hope Beach series—packed with suspense, mystery, emotion, complex characters, a psychopath, obsession, and romance. Elin, is frantic to get to Hope Beach, from Virginia Beach to escape a murderer. She lost her husband two years ago, then suffered from a terrible virus, and ultimately was fortunate to receive a heart transplant from a local girl, Laura who was murdered. Shortly thereafter, strange things began happening to Elin. She begins having violent flashbacks--and vivid dreams of being strangled. Elin is remembering her donor's murder. When she attempts to tell authorities of these disturbing events, they think she is nuts, and do not take her seriously. Elin is scared for her life, and her family—she now has a four year old daughter, Josie, and an aging mother, Ruby with dementia, to protect. She also begins questioning herself and her identity, as worried she may be taking on her donor’s personality. There is much publicity around the murder and Elin. She works with organ donors and wonders if there is a connection. She fears due to all the media, the killer will come after her. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked--by a man she's only met in her nightmares. When good-looking Marc, an FBI agent investigating Laura’s murder, steps back into Elin’s life—(the last time he’d seen her she was pregnant, and her husband Tim had thrown him off the premises). At first Marc does not buy into “cell memory” (accounts of things a recipient knows about their donor). Within a few hours of receiving her new heart, she began having flashbacks of Laura’s murder. She recalls the color of the murderer’s hair, and smelling a man’s cologne. He was wearing a sweater the night he killer her and it was red and a ring. At first Marc, found this entire story unbelievable. After her four year old daughter, Josie walks into the room, inviting him to her upcoming fifth birthday—he quickly does the math, and realizes this is his daughter—she looks just like him—he never knew! While Marc risks his life to protect Elin and Josie, Elin is struggling to recall more clues in order to track down the murderer. As the investigation heats up, their attraction grows, and grandparents wanting them to build a family together. However, in a secluded corner of Hope Beach, time is running out as they have to find answers before it is too late. There are also other things going on behind the scene –making for a very surprising climax. When Elin discovers some diaries in the attic, from 1907 by Georgia Hurley, the original owner of the home, and quite the adventurer—very mysterious. Ruby is hiding a map, and unaware of what it means; however, someone is on their track to steal the map and another body is found. Throughout the book, everyone is second guessing one another. Can they be trusted and are they authentic? Some of the characters possess a hidden side, or a fake side (two different personalities, and some an obsession). After reading SEAGRASS PIER (Hope Beach #3) the third installment in this suspenseful series, I was so curious, with mentions of Libby and The Tidewater Inn, could not wait to read the previous two books. I have started Tidewater Inn (Hope Beach #1), and Rosemary Cottage (Hope Beach #2), to read thereafter. Was delighted
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Do hearts have a memory? Elin Summerall believes that perhaps they do. When she had her heart transplant, she received the heart of a murder victim, one whose murder was never solved. Now she is having flashes of scenes which she personally never experienced. Someone seems to be stalking her and perhaps believes that this young widow knows something as well. Marc Everton has not seen Elin since the night neither of them wish to remember, the night Josie was conceived. Marc has no idea Josie exists. When Marc, now an FBI agent, comes asking questions about the murder, he discovers that he has a daughter as well as there being more to the facts he is pursuing than he had anticipated. Elin moves to Hope Island with Josie and her mother who suffers from dementia. Marc follows them there, both to get to know his daughter and to get more information to help solve the murder of his partner. In addition, there is a 100-year-old mystery as well as drug smugglers who are evading the Coast Guard. Needless to say, there is enough action to keep even the most bored reader alert to the end. Having read most of Colleen Coble’s books, I always have come to expect a good mystery. The idea of “cell memory” made for an interesting twist to this book. This is the third Hope Island book, but you do not have to have read Rosemary Cottage or Tidewater Inn to enjoy this. I received this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
Seagrass Pier is the third Hope Beach novel, the others include Tidewater Inn and Rosemary Cottage. Unlike many titles in a series, Seagrass Pier can easily be read as a stand-alone novel without confusion over characters and plots from the previous books.  Erin Summerall, a medical donor specialist, has herself received a new heart, needed after a virus destroyed her own.  Her recovery goes well, but Erin begins having nightmares about a murder.  Erin and the police all know that her new heart came from a young woman strangled on a cruise ship, so everyone takes her dreams seriously.  As they become more frequent and vivid, her "cell memories" hit the news.  Soon Erin begins to receive threatening messages.  Could it be the killer?  In an attempt to keep herself, her young daughter, and her frail mother safe, the young widow Erin settles in at a cottage at remote Seagrass Pier.  That move puts her face-to-face with FBI agent Marc who, despite orders from his superiors not to get involved, believes helping Erin will help him solve his own partner's death.  Like most romantic suspense stories, Coble's newest book is packed with plenty of action and angst with the recurring "cell memories" adding an eerie element. Whoever is stalking Erin is relentless and who it might be is not an easy pick.  As for the romance, sparks have always flown between Erin and Marc, especially years before Erin's marriage.  Marc's first introduction to young Josie with the dark hair and the little dimple so much like his, and he knows Erin has been hiding a secret. But Seagrass Pier goes beyond the formula suspense and romance especially in the story about Erin's mother who is beginning to exhibit early-onset dementia.  Her mixture of confusion and clarity add to the suspenseful plot, but on a more realistic level, Coble gives us a glimpse of the anguish caregivers and family members live each day.  I've read Tidewater Inn and started to listen to the audio version of Rosemary Cottage, and I would recommend the whole series, but most definitely Seagrass Pier if you are a fan of Christian contemporary suspense novels.  Being a "beach" novel, it would make a great book to take to the beach this August!  I received a copy of this title from BookLooks for my review.  
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Seagrass Pier Colleen Coble Book Summary: In 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. Review: I love Colleen Coble books and this one is another winner. It is a great standalone book with some of the previous characters showing up from the other Hope Beach books. I loved the secondary mystery and was a little sad this was not played out a little more, but was just as exciting. I loved the mystery and was putting the pieces together as Marc and Elin were. They made a fun couple to read about and the entire book was filled with an enjoyable storyline and great characters. They were introduced slowly and blossomed the storyline even greater. Since I began reading Colleen Coble’s books the one quality that has never changed is the spine chilling fun that her mysteries pack in them.  I would like to thank Net Galley and Thomas Nelson Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. 
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Seagrass Pier is the third book in the Hope Beach series and I have loved every single book! However, don’t fret if you haven’t read the others in the series. Seagrass Pier stands alone as a great romantic suspense. Colleen Coble has done an excellent job creating a very exciting story based on the idea of “cell memory”. Elin is haunted by the memory of the murder of the woman who became Elin’s heart donor. The idea that Elin is a witness to a murder based on a transplanted heart could have been an unbelievable plot line if handled incorrectly. However, the author did a wonderful job with this story and made it seem completely plausible and definitely terrifying for Elin. I really enjoyed the romance between Elin and Marc. Their dynamic as they work together to bring a killer to justice was fantastic. There are some big hurts that must be overcome and trust to be regained. This story does a great job of reminding us that God forgives and we need to as well. The diary entries that transport the reader back in time and tell the history of the home really added a lot to the story for me as well. There are so many threads throughout this book that are interesting and also kept me guessing about who might be out to silence Elin. I thoroughly enjoyed Seagrass Pier from start to finish and highly recommend it for fans of romantic suspense. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
The last thing that Elin Summerall expected when she received her new heart, was a fresh new start on life with her young daughter Josie. What she didn't expect was to have the memories of the former recipient to become her own. They call it cell memory, when you begin to remember events and memories from the host organ, in this case her heart. All she knows is that the heart came from a murdered woman named Laura whose killer has never been found. When Elin begins to share her suspicions with those closest to her, they believe it's all in her head. But when she begins to receive threats on her life, those are things you simply can't ignore no matter how far fetched they sound. When Elin purchases an old Victorian cottage on Hope Beach. she hopes she has left the threats behind. But Elin's past is catching up to her. When she confesses to Marc Everton, an FBI agent and friend, that their one night of passion, has left more than a passing memory in her life, but also that Josie is really his child, he is more than angry. He can't believe that Elin has lied to him for more than four years about his daughter, even marrying another man in the process in order to keep her identity hidden. But will he be able to trust her when she makes claims that a murderer of the woman who gave her a heart is now after her and the memories of that night are becoming her own? Will Marc be able to protect his daughter now that the threats have followed them all to the isolated beach cottage and the threat has gotten more personal and violent? Best selling author Colleen Coble has ramped up her suspense level in her latest novel in the Hope Beach series, with Seagrass Pier. This is the third book in the series and now the hunt is on to find the man who killed Laura before he takes his vengeance out on Marc and Elin as well as anyone that stands in his way. The nightmares that Elin keeps having brings her closer to the clues that will identify him, if they can find him before he finds them. All she has to go on is the color of his hair, the cologne he wears and the ring that may in fact be the one thing that he can't hide. Now that Elin has moved her family out to a isolated historic beach cottage, she is hoping she can protect them all including her mother who is suffering from dementia. But has this proved to be her fatal mistake? You'll want to pick this one up and find out how it all turns out! I received Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble compliments of Thomas Nelson Publisher and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. I was more than surprised to find myself reading this late one night and getting pretty scared while walking around my own home. To me, that is a sign of a great novel! One that takes me beyond words on a page and instead places me in the heart-pounding action like Elin's character who is being stalked in a cat and mouse like game of suspense. One of the best suspense novels I've read in quite some time and easily enough for me to give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my book. Warning: You might want to read this one during the daytime! It's pretty suspenseful to read at night!!!
MelinaM More than 1 year ago
This book was Colleen Coble at her best. I have read the other two books in the Hope Beach Series, and they have all been good, but this was non-stop action from the very beginning. This book will grab a hold of you and not let go, it is easy to sit and read it all in one sitting. There were so many twists and turns in this book, I thought I was on a roller coaster. I also love the location of this series and the characters in this book were great, plus we got to meet some new characters. There is not just the intrigue and suspense going on with Elin and Marc, but also a hundred year old intrigue as well. Great job, as always, Colleen. I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Once I picked up this book, I found I didn’t want to put it down; it drew me to turn the pages. When you read the blurb on the back of the book, you get the gist of what this book is about, but not the terror you are going to experience. You will never see what is about to happen, it was one thing after another, and kept changing until the end. How many murderers are there? Are they all related? You will be asking yourself this and other questions, whom can you trust? Just when you think you are at the end and the answers are there, your surprised to find out, nope not all of them. Elin started her marriage to Tim by telling him she had betrayed him and is expecting a child. Oh my, not good, but he seems to want the marriage anyway, and wants the child to carry his name. What a start to a marriage, and he knows who the real father is and sure, not surprisingly, doesn’t like him. The story starts after Elin’s husband has passed and she has received her transplant, but now the dreams start, and her anguish begins. I have to say that the author does a wonderful job of keeping us in the dark, until the last moment. Don’t miss this one it will linger with you for a long time! I’ve read most of Colleen Coble’s books, and this one ranks right at the top! I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
bookgirl_2134 More than 1 year ago
This book covers many different themes and crosses genres. It's a very gripping suspense, similar to Ted Dekker, and also has  elements of romance and Christian faith. I've long enjoyed Ms. Coble's books, she never seems to shove faith down your throat and builds her characters well. It's a page turner with a premise that's been around (transplant memories) but a fresh tale with heroes that the reader  can empathize with and their believable situations.   I was given a copy to review by NetGalley, but my thoughts are mine alone.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
This book is richly woven with themes of forgiveness, identity and much more. The story line is cutting edge with the tie to whether heart transplant recipients start having new memories and tastes based on those of the person's whose heart they now carry. The story is my favorite of Colleen's recent books. I love the Lighthouse historical series, but this book is about to knock a couple of those down a spot or two on my all time favorites list. The race to uncover the murderer will keep you guessing -- though I did figure it out about 2/3s of the way in. There's an additional mystery thread to keep the pages turning as well as the developing romance between and challenges confronting Elin and Marc.  This is a beautiful story that will land on the keeper shelf of those who love romantic suspense or are fans of Colleen Coble's books. If you haven't tried one of her books yet, this is the one to read! 
Suzie_W More than 1 year ago
Elin Summerall is blessed and cursed. She’s blessed to have been the successful recipient of a heart transplant and cursed because that transplant came with some memories. Memories of how the woman whose heart she now carries with her died at the hands of a killer. When the killer seems to set his sights on her, her four-year-old daughter, and her mother who is suffering from dimensia, Elin decided to move her family to a place she bought in Hope Island, Virginia. Now she has to contend with FBI agent Marc Everton. Marc and Elin have some history and when Marc finds out what Elin hid from her, he is angry. He’s also trying to find out who murdered his partner and it has led him right to Elin’s door. As the two of them try to figure out who murdered her donor. As the two of them are thrown together, they cannot deny the attraction they feel for each other, but are they willing to put their past where it belongs and move into a future before someone is hurt, or worse? There was a lot going on in this book. Some side plots that could have been left out, several murder suspects, and many characters to keep track of. I had an inkling of who the murder was as soon as he showed up in the book, but wasn’t one hundred percent certain until the end. That kept the pages turning. If you enjoy suspenseful mysteries with romance thrown in there, Coble delivers. This is the third novel in the Hope Beach collection, but it is a stand alone. While the characters from the first book make brief appearances, the reader doesn’t feel like they are missing out on anything because they haven’t read the first two books. ****BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.
steelergirl83 More than 1 year ago
Colleen Coble's Hope Beach series is the perfect read if you're a landlocked beach lover like me. I've been pining away for the Outer Banks, but unfortunately my vacation isn't coming up anytime soon. Seagrass Pier was the suspenseful escape I needed. While not quite as gripping or romantic as the previous books in the series, it was still nice to read a story that featured new characters and my old favorites from the first two books. Never fear, if you haven't read the first two books in the Hope Beach series, you can still read and enjoy Elin and Marc's story! Elin Summerall and Marc Everton's relationship starts off rather interestingly -- with a hookup. This is Christian fiction, so obviously there aren't any "details" and both have learned to forgive themselves and ask forgiveness for past wrongs that forever affected both their lives. Seagrass Pier focuses on both rediscovering the spark that they both felt when they were younger all while trying to find out the truth behind a dangerous and deadly mystery before more people get hurt or worse, killed. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't a little more chemistry between Marc and Elin. The sparks and storyline between two of the secondary characters was more interesting for me. However, the most suspenseful and intriguing monents happened when Marc and Elin were together, so that's a plus! As always, Coble pens an interesting story that is hard to put down. If ever you're in search of a quick romantic read with mysterious undertones, her books are some of the best you can reach for. The Hope Beach series, while not my all-time favorite by the author, is still a set of worthwhile reads. Hopefully, there will be more beach-set stories from Ms. Coble in the near future! To check out what other reviewers are saying about Seagrass Pier, visit the Litfuse site! ~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~ *I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.* 
VicG More than 1 year ago
Colleen Coble in her new book “Seagrass Pier” Book Three in the Hope Beach series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Elin Summerall. From the back cover:   In 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. Medical science has proven that the brain is not the only storage place for memories but that the heart also has memory cells. That is why the emotions fear, bitterness and the rest come from the heart as those kinds of memories are stored there.  Elin is a heart transplant recipient, yay, cause for much rejoicing.  However, Elin is experiencing memories that are not hers.  Those memories seem to belong to the donor.  Now a killer that she doesn’t know is out to get her before she remembers who he is and only one FBI agent is working with her to help keep her alive. “Seagrass Pier” is a thriller in that Elin’s life is in danger practically from the first page.  Ms. Coble is dealing with issues that are fresh from a medical perspective and certainly worth exploring from a spiritual perspective. And on top of everything there is a romance.  Ms. Coble knows how to write characters that come alive off the page.  This is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing as to what is really going on.  I recommend this book highly! Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
RubieLee More than 1 year ago
Seagrass Pier is the third novel in Colleen Coble’s Hope Beach Series. Although it is in a series, it definitely stands alone. I did not feel as though I was missing pieces to the plot because I had not read the prior two books. This story is full of suspense, subtle romance, and some creepy characters. Warning to the easily frightened, this is no bedtime story! I was truly surprised by my desire to hide under the covers after some of the chapters in this book! I don’t normally read murder mysteries, but the story line and geographical location alone made me want to read it. In this book, recently widowed Erin Summerall is recovering from a heart transplant. While she is grateful for her life, she is uneasy about the nightmares that came with it. The donor was murdered and Erin is seeing life through her eyes. An old friend, and true father of her daughter is a FBI agent who has a vested interest in the case. Together they work to find the murder before it’s too late. What I love about the story is the high level of suspense and unexpected turns. I was certain I knew who the murderer was, but I was wrong. I am never wrong. There were a few elements to this book I struggled with as I got further along in the story. For instance, so many characters are introduced, so much information is given, and a few too many plot lines exist for my taste. While the side stories are interesting, I found them to be too much. The good news is, if you love murder mysteries with a side of love, you will likely enjoy this book. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from BookLookBloggers and the book’s publisher. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of SEAGRASS PIER by Colleen Coble from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  I was thrilled for the chance to read this, as I have greatly enjoyed earlier books by Colleen Coble.  Plus, this one took place at the beach.  It was perfect summer reading and I was able to pass it on to my mother, who adores anything that takes place near the water, in particular the beach.    SEAGRASS PIER is the third installment of the Hope Beach series.  It started a little slow for me, but I quickly got into it and rushed to the end.  I don’t like to take a lot of time between first chapter and last so that I stay engaged in the story.   In the story, Elin Summerall has had a heart transplant.  This reminded me of my uncle, who had open heart surgery.  For Elin, she is doing well, but she is having nightmares of a murder.  She thinks the nightmares are memories from the heart’s first owner.  What an incredible premise for a story!  There is so much suspense and you keep guessing right up until the end.  Fans of Colleen Coble, and any mystery lovers, will enjoy this story.  
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
Every time I pick up a novel by Colleen Coble I know I'm going to read a great book! Seagrass Pier definitely met that definition and was a great addition to The Hope Beach series. Okay. Let me just go ahead and say that I LOVED Elin and Marc. They were a great couple—with plenty of conflict and romantic tension and sweet moments. I definitely felt bad for Marc when he learns a life-changing truth. (Not cool, Elin!) And things seemed to pile on Elin at times. However, it was refreshing to see how she grew as she had to deal with so many challenges. I enjoyed reading all the ups and downs ... which made for an interesting story. The suspense didn't seem quite as suspenseful as some of Coble's other novels, but there was still plenty going on that had me scratching my head and flipping the pages. Overall, I truly enjoyed this story and recommend it to anyone looking for a mental escape as the summer winds down. [4 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Hope Beach Series. Elin was on her way to a life of healing not only emotionally but physically since her heart transplant. That is until she started having flashbacks of her donor's murder.  This disrupted her life more than she could bare. She feared the murderer was now after her very own life.   FBI agent, Marc Everton was the only official willing to investigate the case.  He did this due to the fact that he had a connection with Elin in that he was the biological father of Elin's daughter. WOW! Talk about eerie, this story was riveting, spine tingling and really made me think hard about the implications made by the recipient of the heart.  Still there is romance, mystery, intrigue and much more in this story.  I suggest you keep your lights on, your doors and windows locked while reading this book. You will not want to trust anyone.  Sorry this is coming from my own fear and insecurities. Hee! Hee! I highly recommend/dare you to read this book. Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group/Thomas Nelson for an honest review.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
It fell short of my expectations - 3.5 stars Seagrass Pier is the third book in Colleen Coble’s Hope Beach series. I had really enjoyed the previous books and was anxiously awaiting this one. I’m sorry to say that it fell a bit short of my expectations. Ms. Coble deals with a controversial subject in this novel - cell memory. Do those who receive donor organs actually know or remember things about their donor? Even going so far as having flashbacks that are not their own? I have to admit that I was a little put off by this plot, though I did manage to put that unease aside through most of the book and just enjoy the story. Ms. Coble once again does an excellent job of writing a story that keeps you intrigued and wanting to know what will happen next. The descriptions were wonderful, the writing very well done, and the mystery fascinating. This is one of the few mysteries I’ve read where I seriously considered skipping to the end and finding out who the villain was, and then finishing the book. Elin Summerall is one of the protagonists in this story. She is a very compelling character and I easily related to her. She is strong and determined, but also kind and caring. She really struggles with the cell memory and the flashbacks that come with it. She also contends with her fear of changing and becoming someone she doesn’t recognize. Marc Everton is the “hero” in the book. He is the typical romance hero - strong, determined, stubborn, but with a soft spot for Elin and her daughter. I actually liked him a good deal, though I found a couple of his reactions a little unrealistic for the current events. As we learn early in the book, he has been wronged by Elin in the past, but seems to rather easily forgive her, though his anger at the situation does pop up once in a while. I suppose I was hoping for a bit more resolution between them, but the issue is rarely discussed. I enjoyed the story coming from his view point and getting to see everything through his eyes. He is also a strong Christian and endeavors to help Elin find who she is beyond all of the surface things that may change. Marc and Elin’s relationship is interesting. They’ve been friends for years, though they haven’t seen each other for two of them. While they have the aforementioned issue between them, the chemistry is definitely there. I enjoyed how honest they both were and how they managed to move beyond the past and get to know each other anew. As I already commented, the mystery had me very intrigued. It is rather intricate, with a couple things going on at once, that seem to have no connection to each other. I found it a little confusing at times and wasn’t always sure what was going on. I had to keep going over it in my head, trying to keep up, and I still have a couple questions. I may have to read the ending again in an attempt to figure them out. I do appreciate how Ms. Coble somehow kept it all together without getting something mixed up. My only other complaint is that the book comes from several different view points. That usually doesn’t bother me, but with two mysteries, along with several characters to keep up with, it became quite confusing. A few times it would be afternoon, then skip to morning for another point of view and somehow still be the same day. I kept trying to figure out how they went back in time. I’m disappointed that I didn’t enjoy it more, but overall, I would say this is a good, if somewhat complex book. I have enjoyed Ms. Coble’s previous books, so I will definitely be looking forward to the next. I recommend this book if you enjoy complex mysteries with compelling characters. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through The Christian Manifesto for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.