Book Review: Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble


Mermaid Moon
Written by: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Month, Year: January, 2016

A brief summary from the publisher, Thomas Nelson:

Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.”

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.

Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart and left—without a word—years ago.

When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.

As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

My Review:

My computer crashed at work today. Well, I suppose that’s a tad mis-leading. What I should say is that the circuitboard in my office overloaded today, causing all of our computers to turn off, coffee to run out, and left me with nothing to do…until I remembered that I recently got my hands on Colleen Coble’s new novel, Mermaid Moon. And so it began my 90 minute interlude.

Mermaid Moon has so many twists and turns, unexpected guests, and suspense woven throughout the pages. In fact, I became so incredibly engrossed in reading that I didn’t realize the power was back on until the electrician came knocking on my door! It was hard to focus back on work when all I wanted to do was to keep reading. Have you ever felt that way? The pull of a good book is too strong to put down sometimes! When lunchtime came around, I was practically jumping up and down at my desk because that meant another hour of uninhibited reading! Ah, a book lover’s bliss.

As the 2nd book in Coble’s Sunset Cove series, I found Mermaid Moon to be very easy to follow; especially since I had never read book one! The romantic tension between Mallory and Kevin was great. The angst between Mallory and her teenage daughter was completely relatable (this coming from someone who was a teenager less than 7 years ago – sorry Mom!). There was one part of the book that completely shocked me – I totally didn’t see it coming! I won’t spoil the book for ya, but it’s a big shock!

I don’t tend to read a lot of mystery novels, but after Mermaid Moon, I think I’m going to have to start reading more.  The suspense and drama kept pulling me in and I couldn’t overcome that ache of knowing what was going to happen until I finished the book. Which I did. After work. 🙂

The one take-away I have: I wish the book contained a list of characters. There were so many people in this novel that I kept having to reference earlier chapters to remember who they were! I’m sure it would have helped more if I had read book 1 before reading Mermaid Moon, but I didn’t want to wait. However, I am definitely going to have to get my hands on the first novel in this series now.

I hope you go out and get a copy of Colleen Coble’s Mermaid Moon and enjoy this intriguing novel for yourself! Let me know what you think about it – I’d love to chat more about the plot.

Happy reading!

I was graciously provided a free hard-copy of this novel from BookLook Bloggers and a free e-reader copy from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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