Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble (review by Kristi)

Mermaid Moon

From Goodreads: 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.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Thomas Nelson

My review: Wow! What a read this book was!! Colleen Coble knows how to write a suspenseful tale that will keep you up late, on the edge of your seat, and turning pages as fast as you can to see what happens next.

Mermaid Moon takes place in Maine and focuses on Mallory Davis as she tries to come to grips with the mysterious circumstances around the death of her father. She also has to face the ghosts of her past in the form of game warden and former boyfriend, Kevin O’Connor. Mallory seems to have a lot on her plate but is strong and determined and faces everything head-on.

This story was very easy to get interested in. One downfall though was I felt like I should have known more about the characters than revealed at the beginning of the story. I’m not sure if that’s due to this being the second book in the series and perhaps the characters backstory was revealed in the first book. It wasn’t an issue for long though as I became so engrossed in the story that I soon felt like I had a complete understanding of the characters and knew them as real people.

It is clear from the beginning that Ms. Coble researched the setting for this book. Her descriptions made it seem as if I were there and seeing everything right along with the characters. This made the story even more interesting and entertaining.

A perfect balance of suspense and romance make this book a perfect weekend read!

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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