The minute she steps inside the grand Inn at Ocean's Edge, Claire Dellamare knows something terrible happened there. She feels it in her bones. Her ensuing panic attack causes a scene, upsetting her parents. Claire attempts to quiet her nerves with a walk on the beach, to no avail. She's at too great a distance to make out details, but she believes she witnesses a murder on a nearby cliff. When local police find no evidence of foul play, they quickly write off the "nervous" woman's testimony as less than credible.
But Luke Elwell, home on leave from the Coast Guard, has reason to believe Claire. Years ago when his mother went missing, Luke's father suspected she'd been murdered. He died never having convinced the police to investigate. So when an employee of the grand hotel doesn't show up for work, Luke steps in to help Claire track down the missing woman.
As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.
Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.
The book grabbed my attention with the first page when a girl witnesses a murder. Who wouldn't be intrigued after that? But by 2/3 of the way into the book I was predicting the end. I can't say much more without giving it away. So while it's a very captivating mystery with a twist and turn or two u can probably predict the end and the romance that ensues. I had a gew "gag me" moments when a certain character starts calling another character a pet name/term of endearment in every conversation after a WEEK of knowing them. Do people really do that? Maybe it's just me :-P. Overall, good book, and I would read more by this author.
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