About the book: Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.
When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.
Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.
To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.
But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?
Paperback, 336 pages Published January 10, 2017, by Thomas Nelson
My review: What I was hoping to be a “pull-me-in-and-don’t-let-go” read from Collen Coble ended up being a bit of a flop. Collen’s books are known to be quick reads with stories that have enough scare factor to them that I feel the need to get up and close the blinds. This book lacked this quality. In fact, there wasn’t a scare factor for me as much as a creepy factor.
I liked the premise of this book but once I started reading I felt like I had read this story before. Especially when they got to the estate outside of Charleston. I didn’t really feel a special closeness with the main character and at times wondered what she was thinking. She seemed to waiver between missing her late husband and having the hots for her manager/new husband. And he just made me feel like I needed to take a shower and wash the creepiness off me.
While it may seem that I just didn’t really like the book that is not the case. Even though some parts of this thriller were easy to solve there was enough going on to keep me interested and turning the page. This is a good book but just not my favorite from this author. It didn’t seem to be written in the same high-caliber way her other books are. This book just lacked that something her other books have.
If you are an established Collen Coble fan then give this book a go. If you haven’t read any of Colleen’s books I wouldn’t recommend this one as an introduction to her as her other recent books are much better. Not a bad book, just not the best from this author.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not 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.