Mermaid Moon

Mermaid MoonMermaid Moon by Colleen Coble
Series: Sunset Cove
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Thomas Nelson on January 12, 2016
Pages: 352
Also in this series: The Inn at Ocean's Edge
Also by this author: The Inn at Ocean's Edge

 

About Mermaid Moon (from the back cover):
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.

 

WOW! Colleen Coble is one of my go-to romantic suspense authors for a reason! Between Mermaid Moon and The Inn at Ocean’s Edge (the first book in the Sunset Cove series), I was spellbound for two days & on the edge of my seat from the suspense! (How many more exclamation points can I use in this paragraph?!?)

It might be wise for you to make sure you have an alternate supply of oxygen close at hand before you begin reading

The action started almost immediately and barely allowed me to catch my breath until the end.  A doozy of a plot twist (or two… or three) kept me guessing in Mermaid Moon even more than in Ocean’s Edge, and I could not put it down. Even when the suspense part of things calmed for a moment or two, the kisses (one in particular) stole my breath all over again … so it might be wise for you to make sure you have an alternate supply of oxygen close at hand before you begin reading. 🙂

I loved the underlying theme of grace that permeates the story.

I also loved the underlying theme of grace that permeates the story.  Many characters in Mermaid Moon are in need of a second chance.  Several have been given that fresh start yet still struggle to extend that same grace to themselves.  Sometimes we are our own worst enemies, our own stumbling blocks, and Colleen Coble has painted a tender picture of the need to forgive ourselves as well as others.

Carve out plenty of time to read Mermaid Moon because you won’t want to put it down once you start!

Carve out plenty of time to read Mermaid Moon (and The Inn at Ocean’s Edge if you haven’t already) because you won’t want to put it down once you start! Riveting suspense, rekindled romance, and gentle nudges of grace all merge together, grabbing your attention from the beginning and holding it captive until the very end.  It’s not necessary to have read The Inn at Ocean’s Edge to follow what’s happening in Mermaid Moon, but – if you have – you will enjoy seeing several familiar faces and continued story arcs. I cannot recommend this series highly enough and am waiting eagerly for Kate’s story coming in September – Twilight at Blueberry Barrens.

–Carrie


Mermaid Moon is a solid second book in the Sunset Cove series, but for me, a little less enjoyable than the first book. I’m not sure what was different for me in regards to the action, but the story seemed to start off with a bang, and then slowed down. Perhaps this isn’t really a critique of this book, but rather a testament to how much I did like the first book in the series and found the mystery to be utterly enthralling. The mystery here is still good, but not quite as layered and dynamic as the previous book and not quite as suspenseful. There were a couple of times that I think the plot suffered from repeating issues in the romantic relationship.

The mystery here is still good, but not quite as layered and dynamic as the previous book and not quite as suspenseful.

Despite the issues I had with the story, I connected to these characters with ease and fully enjoyed the Maine setting that Colleen brings to life. Kevin’s character really held my respect as he raised his child as a single parent and worked as a Game Warden. He is an all-around likable character and easy to respect. Mallory returns home with a lot of personal baggage and especially between her and Kevin. I really liked that their story is one of second chances and letting go of past mistakes. It was refreshing to see Mallory come to the realization that she was the one holding herself back from true forgiveness, not the ones she assumed she’d hurt years ago.

I connected to these characters with ease and fully enjoyed the Maine setting that Colleen brings to life.

This could be read as a stand-alone, but I love how layered the character’s stories are overall when they return from previous books, so I recommend starting with The Inn at Ocean’s Edge. Colleen excels at catching readers up with characters from the first book and giving us glimpses of those in an upcoming story. I am really looking forward to the third book about Kate, as she really tugged my heart strings in both books one and two, and I just know her story will be riveting and full of depth. Fans of Colleen’s previous novels and those looking for a quality romantic suspense story are certain to enjoy Mermaid Moon.

–Beth

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