The Inn at Ocean’s Edge By Colleen Coble {Book Review}

* I was provided with a free copy of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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About The Inn at Ocean’s Edge

Claire’s visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear.
In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year—and until now, Claire didn’t even know she had ever been missing.
But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents’ best efforts to keep them forgotten.
Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances—at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.
With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire’s very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone-maybe everyone-is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

My Review

I really enjoyed this book and found myself ready to read more even when it was time to put the book down.  It is quite suspenseful from the very first flashback!  Claire is very likable – she is very confident, which is why being struck by a panic attack upon her arrival at the Inn.  When Claire meets Luke, the mystery starts to build, and it becomes very difficult to tease out who the real bad guy is.  The book takes a lot of twists and turns, and it’s a fun to try and figure out how the murder investigations fit together and exactly what happened to Claire, and who is trying to kill her.
This book won’t disappoint for mystery fans!  I also really enjoyed the setting – it made me want to go to the beach!

Win an Awesome Prize Pack!

You can help the author celebrate the release of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge and maybe win a Kindle Fire!  RSVP to her May 5th author chat party!


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One grand prize winner will win:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of A Heart’s Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart’s Obsession
  • A copy of The Inn at Ocean’s Edge

The giveaway ends on May 7, and the winner will be announced on May 8th on Colleen’s website.

 


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Review of Demon Stone by Chris Datta

Today I’m excited to bring you a Guest Post and Kind Fire Giveaway from Chris Datta. His first Novel Touched with Fire was a number one best-seller in the Historical Fiction category, and this supernatural thriller lives up to the high expectations readers have for this talented author.

The Demon Stone by Christoper Datta

 

The Demon Stone is a powerful supernatural thriller that leads you from the killing fields of Africa to the quiet Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In braided narratives, Datta spins a terrifying story about the spiritual forces—both real and supernatural—that incite the basest, bloodiest and most frightening of human behaviors. “Reading Chris Datta is like riding a rollercoaster. It’s a fast ride filled with twists and turns. His Demon Stone is scary fun. Stephen King, watch your back!”

-Richard Rashke, author of The Killing of Karen Silkwood

Review of The Demon Stone

 If there is something that freaks me out its demons and the supernatural – so I was really expecting to be frightened right of the bat here.  And in fact, there is a demon possessed idol that makes its appearance early in the story.  However, there is also a lot of real-world horror in this book as well.  The story follows Kevin (who got the idol in Africa) and his college friend Liz, and his daughter.  The point of view alternates between Liz and Kevin, which I like as a writing style, and I though the character development (especially of Liz) was brilliant. Chris Datta had you right in her mind as she struggled with her own sanity.

I highly recommend this book to fans of horror and mystery books.  You won’t be disappointed!

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About the Author

Debut author CHRISTOPHER DATTA is no stranger to civil conflict or the still-extant scourge of slavery. Most recently the acting ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan where he helped end a war in April of 2012, he has spent a distinguished career moving from one strife-torn country to another, including Lebanon, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. A lifelong student of the American Civil War, his research for Touched with Fire is exacting and based in part on a true story.

Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island {Book Review}

Disclosure: I got a copy of Stillwell: A Haunting On Long Island as part of an advertorial.

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About Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island

Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife’s spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife’s soul free.

Review

I really enjoyed this book.  It is a super fast read – partly because it is large print and just not that long, but partly because the story moves so quickly.  I read about 1/3 of the book while waiting at the doctor’s office!  I really, really enjoyed this book.  There are essentially two story lines going on in this book – Paul’s struggles after his wife’s death, and the “haunted mansion” that he is working to sell.  About halfway through the story line merges and the action really picks up.  I absolutely loved the book, and insisted that my fiance read it as well!

The only thing that really surprised me was the ending, which was an incredible cliffhanger – it was a HUGE surprise, and definitely worth the wait.  I highly recommend this to readers who like mystery, suspense, and a good old fashioned ghost story!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The Burning by Jane Casy {Book Review}

I was invited by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, courtesy of Netgalley, to receive a free copy of The Burning in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

Confession – I’m a serial series reader.  I love diving into a brand new series and sticking with that series.  I anxiously await the next book by a coveted author.  I’m super excited to have found my next potential series obsession. The Burning, by Jane Casey introduces a great new character, Maeve Kerrigan, who is a detective constable working in London.  Add in my love of all things British and this book is a definite recipe for success for me.

The novel begins with Maeve investigating a series of brutal murders of young women in which a serial killer burns his or her victim after brutally beating them into non-recognition.  The actual serial killer is somewhat of a non-entity in the novel, as Maeve is assigned to a copycat murder of a young, glamorous, PR executive named Rebecca.  The novel alternates between Maeve’s point of view, and Louise North’s, Rebecca’s best friend, and tracks Maeve’s journey as she tracks down Rebecca’s killer.

Casey’s writing is solid – the multiple POV works, and the characters have enough depth too them, but enough questions to support further books in the series.  There is definitely a love-interest aspect with Maeve’s colleague, Rob, which I enjoyed.  It is an engaging and interesting read and I will definitely be reading the next in the series.  The only sort-of negative was that it was pretty easy to predict who Rebecca’s killer is.  I had it pegged about half-way through.  The ending was also somewhat lackluster and lazy, as a series of newspaper articles ties up the loose ends.  But this honestly didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book or my desire to read the next in the series and delve further into Maeve’s character.

Casey’s solid writing and story telling skills, along with a strong, flawed, and interesting main character make The Burning a must read for lovers of the Kinsey Millhone series and other books of the type.

Buy The Burning

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