Mallory hasn't been to her Maine home in fifteen years. She left after the death of her mother and left behind a broken relationship with her high school sweetheart -Kevin. Mallory became pregnant with him, and they planned to marry. But when she lost the baby, the plans were off. Mallory's mother took their boat out soon after and was caught in a storm and washed overboard. Mallory and Kevin both moved on. Each married and had one child. Mallory's husband is now deceased, and Kevin's wife left him and her blind daughter.
Mallory returns home after a cryptic phone call from her dad. She contacts Kevin who's now a game warden and asks for his help investigating. Kevin discovers that Mallory's dad was murdered on his boat. Things go from bad to worse as it becomes clear Mallory is in danger. Her home is broken into. Her family home is burned to the ground. And it's evident that she is often being watched. She and her daughter end up staying with Kevin and his daughter- along with Mallory's best friend. The investigation continues into why Mallory and her family are in danger. And, along the way, Mallory and Kevin discuss why their relationship failed and begin to fall in love again.
I didn't like this one as much as I have other books from Colleen Coble. I thought it was a little choppy. Events happened abruptly at times. For example, Kevin's wife shows up after never having any contact with their eight year old daughter since babyhood. The book, until this point, had rarely mentioned her. He allows her in to see the girl that very night with no preparation, and she abruptly tells her daughter that she's her long lost mother. This just seemed a little abrupt and out of the blue to me.
I also didn't feel as if the characters were that well-developed. There was quite a bit of action. Mallory was constantly coming into danger of some sort. But I didn't really feel as if there was insight into the characters' thoughts and feelings in the midst of the action.
If you enjoy romantic suspense, you may like this one. It's fast-paced and has action and suspense along with the romance. But I didn't like this one as much as some of the Colleen Coble books I've read. I give it 3 stars and a PG for content.
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