Colleen Coble continues her Sunset Cove series with Mermaid Moon, a book that connects to The Inn at Ocean's Edge but works as a stand alone title.
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.
I wanted to love Mermaid Moon. I simply adored The Inn at Ocean's Edge, finding absolutely nothing to dislike about it. I wish I could say the same for Mermaid Moon.
Don't get me wrong—Mermaid Moon is a good book, and I enjoyed reading it. However, perhaps my expectations were a bit too high coming off of The Inn at Ocean's Edge. While the plot of Mermaid Moon is intriguing, I didn't have that "can't put this down for anything" feeling that I'd hoped for.
Had I not gone into Mermaid Moon with such high expectations, I think I would have liked it a lot more, as it is a good story. It's hard to talk about much without getting spoilerish because the novel contains so many twists and turns that are best discovered as you read. But I will say that I especially enjoyed watching Mallory's relationship with her friend and neighbor Carol develop throughout the novel, and it was nice to see Mallory connect with people from her past.
The story surrounding Mallory's father's murder ended up becoming very convoluted, and parts of it were hard to grasp, but I did appreciate the way everything turned out in the end. I also didn't feel that there was a really solid resolution to the story involving Kevin's ex-wife, and her presence in the story felt both convenient and unrealistic.
While Mermaid Moon isn't as strong as The Inn at Ocean's Edge (either from the romance or suspense angle), it still is an interesting story, and I will definitely be looking for the next entry in the Sunset Cove series. 3-1/2 stars.
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USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Her books have sold more than 3 million copies.
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To move forward past a life of shame and confusion, Mallory Davis must go back to Mermaid Point to find out who murdered her father in Colleen Coble's new book, Mermaid Moon. 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.
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