About the book: USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble returns to her beloved Rock Harbor—but both danger and romance hide in this idyllic small town.
Dana Newell has just moved to Rock Harbor to take a job as a sheriff’s dispatcher and is settling in next door to Bree and Kade Matthews. The abusive relationship she left behind seems a distant memory in this perfect place.
Her first day on the job, Dana receives a call from her friend Allyson who screams “He’s going to kill me too” before the phone goes dead. Dana immediately dispatches a deputy, but it’s too late. Allyson’s death is ruled an accident, but Dana just doesn’t believe it. She knows Allyson—an investigative reporter—was researching a new story. Did someone want to keep her quiet?
Dana continues to look into the accident with the help of Bree and also Allyson’s cousin Boone. Romance quickly blooms between Dana and Boone but the game is much more complex than either of them imagined. When Dana’s ex-fiance locates her, she’s caught in the middle. It’s a game of cat and mouse as she and Boone fight to catch one killer while evading another.
Publication Date: July 10, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My review: Colleen Coble’s books are a hit or miss for me. Beneath Copper Falls goes into the miss category for me. I just didn’t feel this story and really didn’t connect with any of the characters. In fact, I felt like something was missing throughout the entire story.
This story was a bit puzzling to me. It was confusing from the very beginning. It seemed like there were just too many characters and trying to keep all the names and people straight just about got my head to spinning. The suspense just wasn’t there either. Usually when I read one of Ms. Coble’s books I am closing the curtains and curling into the couch cushion as much as I can. Not with this book though. The “bad guy” didn’t come across as mysterious or evil but just a jerk. And no, I didn’t figure out who the bad guy was. So kudos to the author for that bit of shock value.
Often when I read this author’s work I am frantically turning pages but not this time. The story didn’t seem to flow as well as previous books of hers. I often found myself thinking I had skipped a page or missed something and I found this to be frustrating after awhile.
As for the characters, well….there wasn’t one I really, really liked. They were ok but nobody was memorable and I had a hard time feeling anything for them. The romantic element in the story didn’t appeal to me either. It seemed rushed and almost added to the story because someone felt it needed to be there.
Even though I didn’t enjoy this story fans of Coble will perhaps find they like this book. For me though it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and wasn’t required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
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.