The Inn at Ocean’s Edge

The Inn at Ocean’s EdgeThe Inn at Ocean's Edge by Colleen Coble
Series: Sunset Cove
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Thomas Nelson on April 14, 2015
Pages: 336
Also in this series: Mermaid Moon
Also by this author: Mermaid Moon

 

About The Inn at Ocean’s Edge (from the back cover):
In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year—and until now, Claire didn’t even know she had ever been missing. But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents’ best efforts to keep them forgotten.

Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances—at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.

With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire’s very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

 

Colleen Coble is another author that I’m a little behind the curve on reading, and I hope to remedy that further in the future. The Inn at Ocean’s Edge is only the second of her novels that I’ve read, and while I wasn’t blown away by the other novel, this one was a great suspenseful read. This novel provides really great set up for upcoming books in the series, while still in keeping with what appears to be Colleen’s trademark romantic suspense.

This novel provides really great set up for upcoming books in the series, while still in keeping with what appears to be Colleen’s trademark romantic suspense.

I think what impressed me most with this story is how quickly the action starts. I love how it starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up until the end. It’s hard to talk about this type of story line without accidentally giving any spoilers, but I was held fast by the mystery. There are several surprising elements, and while some of my suspicions proved to be correct, there were many instances that I wasn’t sure what was going on with certain characters or plotlines. The story ended up being much more layered and intricate than I was expecting, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching everything unfold. There were a few scenes that I thought ended in an odd way, as if it needed just a few more sentences to give it a better sense of completeness, but it may be something that wouldn’t bother super-fans of suspense. While I enjoy it, it’s not the genre that I read most often, so this could just be me.

There are several surprising elements, and while some of my suspicions proved to be correct, there were many instances that I wasn’t sure what was going on with certain characters or plotlines.

The characters, for the most part, react realistically to what is going on around them, and the less desirable characters don’t come off as caricatures, which is often a complaint of mine. Although my life is nothing like Claire’s life, I still found ways to relate to her. There were times that I could have used a bit more depth for the main characters; I did think they had realistic back story’s that created great conflict for their current circumstances. Colleen gives Claire small but impactful characteristics that add a lot of realism to her character and the same can be said of Luke’s character as well.

Colleen also does a great job in writing the romance realistically into the story; the romantic moments are genuinely sweet yet realistic and fall naturally within the story’s flow. While Claire and Luke aren’t complete opposites, there’s a softness to him that Claire is drawn to. Their scenes had a spark from the very beginning.

I could easily envision Hotel Tourmaline, as well as the natural landscape of the setting, whether it was a rocky cliff, sandy beach or a cranberry bog.

The setting is another area that is really well-done. Although I’ve never been to Maine, I feel like I’ve at least been on its coast because of this story. I could easily envision Hotel Tourmaline, as well as the natural landscape of the setting, whether it was a rocky cliff, sandy beach or a cranberry bog. This is a random side note, but I’ve loved the names of her more recent titles – this one gives off a sense of place, as well as a sense of excitement and, perhaps even danger, especially with the words, “ocean’s edge.” Despite it being a hotel more than an inn, the title is very evocative of the story overall.

Fans of suspense and of Colleen’s past novels are sure to enjoy this one. Even I, an unseasoned suspense reader, flew through the pages once the mystery hooked me, and I definitely hope to read the next book in the Sunset Cove series.

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