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 received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Every once in awhile, a book catches you off guard. That was my experience with Mermaid Moon. Immediately, this book starts out with a scene that has you wondering what is in store for Mallory Davis as her father seems to die while leaving her with a cryptic message. That message leads her back to her hometown, where threats keep coming and she also has to come to grips with her own history and learn to forgive herself.
I really enjoyed this novel. Every scene had plenty of action and a buildup of tension to make this story a real page-turner. I was hooked early on and didn’t sleep much until I reached the final page. The novel incorporated somewonderful themes on forgiveness that tied in well to the plot and relationships between characters.
My one complaint with this novel, was that there were a lot of characters. I found it difficult to keep up with who was who and what their roles in the book were. By the end, I had most of them sorted out, but I often found myself pausing to think through who someone was.
While this book is part of a series, I had no problem jumping into this one without reading the prior novels. There were certainly references to an earlier novel, but nothing that seemed to be a major spoiler or made this novel difficult to follow.
“I think you do what you need to do in life even if it’s hard.”
-Mallory Davis, Mermaid Moon
About the Author:
USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.
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