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January 18, 2016

Mermaid Mood {Colleen Coble}

Mermaid Mood {Colleen Coble}
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.

My Thoughts:
This book started with action in the first few paragraphs, and it just got better as the pages turned.

Mallory has a dark past with the people of Mermaid Point and she is not looking forward to returning to the town she grew up in. But her father dies while she is on the phone with him and she knows she has to face the town. As soon as she arrives in Mermaid Point, we get to meet some of her old friends and we begin to learn the story that has shamed her for so many years.

Mallory is convinced her father was murdered, but she is the only one who seems to think so. Soon after she arrives in Mermaid Point events start happening that makes the local law enforcement admit that her father’s death may not have been accidental.

As this story unfolds, we get one twist after another – an element that I absolutely loved about this book. As soon as things start to seem like they are going to be okay another crisis hits and I found myself rethinking the conclusions I had come to about why everything was happening.

In the middle of all the horrible things that are happening, we also get to see Mallory and Kevin become friends again. They had a relationship in the past, but it ended when Mallory left town and never looked back. I liked Kevin as soon as I met him, and felt a great deal of respect for him as I watched him with his daughter and with those around him. I was rooting for Mallory and Kevin from early in the book.

Just when I thought I had had the mystery figured out, another revelation came out of nowhere and completely rocked this story. I loved it!

I also loved that this book had me guessing until the very end. There was never a dull moment, and I felt completely wrapped up in the characters and their stories. I very much appreciated how this book ended, and I hope we can catch up with these characters again very soon.

A must-read for your reading list.

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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