Review of Breaker's Reef by Terri Blackstock

Leah Courtney
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I've long been a fan of Terri Blackstock. Her mystery/suspense writing is always interesting and keeps me reading to find out what happens.

Breaker's Reef is Book Three of the Cape Refuge series. I think I've read the first but not the second. Although there is some continuous storyline, the books can be read as stand alone novels quite easily because each one has a different "case" to be solved.

From the book description:
A Cape Refuge teenager is dead . . .
Then another body is found . . .
Will Sadie Caruso be the next to die?
When a famous mystery writer moves to Cape Refuge, ex-con Sheila Caruso-mother to Sadie and Caleb-is thrilled to get a job working for him. But when a teenage girl is found murdered, Sheila discovers that a scene in one of the eccentric writer's novels matches the crime scene. Exactly.
Then a second dead girl is discovered by Police Chief Cade and Blair Owens. And when this murder mirrors a scene in another of the writer's books, Cade is drawn into a web of trickery and deceit. Shockingly, evidence turns up in Cade's truck-evidence that points to Cade himself as the number one suspect!
Cade tries to clear his name, but when eighteen-year-old Sadie Caruso disappears, tensions mount to a fever pitch. Can Cade find the real killer before Sadie winds up dead? Is the author a demented killer or a hapless victim? And what does Sadie's own mother have to do with the crimes? Secrets are uncovered while lessons are learned about the sins of the fathers being visited upon their children. Will the consequences of Sheila's poor choice in life be fatal, or is there redemption and mercy for her and her children?

The characters in this series are well developed and compelling. I feel as if I get to know each one well. There are main characters that appear throughout the series and then secondary characters that are only a part of this novel. There is a good balance of action, dialogue, and introspection; so I feel as if I can know what the characters are thinking and feeling, but I also don't get bogged down in each one's personal thoughts.

The mystery/suspense in Breaker's Reef is very compelling. I read through this book quite quickly because I found myself wanting to keep on and find out who was the guilty party. I also formed an opinion about who I thought it was...and I was proved wrong!

The only negative, in my opinion, was that occasionally the actions of the characters were a little unbelievable. In order to set up what the author wanted to happen, the characters acted in ways that seemed a little hard to believe.

I still can recommend this one, though, along with the others in the series. I give it 4 stars and a PG-13 rating (because of the mystery and violence).

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

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