Collen Coble has recently released Edge of Dusk, the first book in a new mystery/romantic suspense series featuring a park ranger as the main character. Having enjoyed some of this author’s earlier works, I was happy to receive an ARC from the publisher.
About the Book*
Even though secrets lie off the coast of Rock Harbor, the truth will set Annie Pederson free—if it doesn’t kill her first.
Nine-year-old Annie Pederson’s life changed the night her sister was kidnapped. The two had been outside playing on a dock, and Annie never forgave herself for her role in her sister’s disappearance. Twenty-four years later and now a law enforcement ranger, Annie is still searching for answers as she grieves a new loss: the death of her husband and parents in a boating accident.
But Annie and her eight-year-old daughter, Kylie, aren’t the only people in the town of Rock Harbor whose lives have been marred by tragedy. While managing the property around the Tremolo Resort and Marina she inherited, Annie discovers a dead body floating in the cold Superior surf and begins to work with the sheriff’s office to tie the death to a series of other mysterious reports in the area.
At the same time, her first love, Jon Dustan, returns after nine years away, reigniting the town’s memory of a cold case he’d been suspiciously linked to before he left to pursue his orthopedic residency. For the sake of her investigation and her heart, Annie tries to stay away. But avoiding Jon becomes impossible once Annie realizes she is being targeted by someone desperate to keep secrets from the past hidden.
* Description as appears on Amazon.
Like another series by this author, this book is set in the small lakeside town of Rock Harbor. Annie, a park ranger, faces the challenge of raising her daughter alone after her husband and parents were killed in a boating accident. When faced with deadly finds on her property and in its vicinity, she is haunted by past losses – of both love and lives. In this second-chance romance, Annie struggles to cope with conflicting feelings as she attempts to prove Jon’s innocence and come to grip with new realities. On the mystery side, the book was well-paced with an intricate and multi-faceted plot, with plenty of action – especially as tension built toward the story’s resolution. On some levels, the resolution was not a total surprise. At the same time, the book ended kind of abruptly leaving unanswered questions.
I must note that this book includes an over-abundance of information about celiac, which although relevant to the story on a certain level, slowed the pace at times. In addition, this book includes more Christian elements than in other works I have read by this author in the past.
Overall, a well written mystery and great choice for fans of Christian fiction.
FTC disclaimer: I received an advance review copy from NetGalley. This has not affected the content of my review.