Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Review: Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble
"Seagrass Pier is the perfect place for Elin to hide from a killer, but an old love's ability to see her true heart could be her undoing. When Elin Summerall contracted a virus that damaged her heart, she was lucky to get a transplant. At first it was an overwhelmingly good gift. But then she began to remember a murder she never witnessed—the murder of her heart's donor. When she reveals what she knows to a disbelieving police officer, she's exposed as a witness and must flee for her life to a remote cottage on Hope Beach. Fearing what might happen to her daughter and mother, she asks Marc Everton for help, though she hasn't seen him since the night her father died. She remembers that night with shame, and she never told Marc about their daughter. Marc is less than convinced that Elin's "memories" are real. He is blindsided by the news about his daughter, but for her sake, he agrees to help. Then he begins to notice the small ways Elin is different. She now likes coffee, her musical tastes have changed, and she's ditched her jeans and sneakers for dresses and high heels. As Elin tries to stay alive and bring the killer to justice, she begins to doubt her own identity. Did her new heart save her life only to cause her to lose herself? And if she's really changed, why does her new heart love Marc just as much as her old one did?"
I have been waiting for this book to come out! I loved the first two books in the Hope Beach series! I saw that Seagrass Pier was being offered for review and grabbed an ebook copy as soon as it was available. There is a lot going on in this book all at the same time! There are mysteries on more than one level. One that started in the past and continues in the present. At the same time, Elin has a stalker that she believes is the person responsible for the lady that donated her heart's murder. Then there is the added intrigue with the "cell memory." I had never heard of anything like that before and found it very intriguing. I like mild suspense stories, but do not like ones that are overly gruesome or terrifying. I thought Seagrass Pier had a good balance of suspense and danger without being overly scary or graphic in the least. There was also romance for more than one of the characters, but was not overly romantic. There was a lot in the story about identity and how our identity is not defined by the particular role we have in our lives right now.
I was glad to "see" some familiar characters being woven into the story but at the same time wished there was more of my favorites from previous books. I wish that one part of the story had been developed a little more. It was not the main plot but an intricate part of the story that I felt left the reader"hanging" instead of finishing it off nice and neat. But, I am not going to tell you what that is. You will just have to read Seagrass Pier for yourself!
I can't wait to read another novel in the Hope Beach series!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.