Elin Summerall is alive and well; with someone else's heart and apparently someone else's memory. Vivid nightmares recalling the hazy details of her donor's murder are becoming reality, especially when an alleged stalker becomes brazen enough to break into her home; putting Elin, her young daughter and her aging mother at risk. Moving her family to a remote cottage on Hope Island gives her a brief sense of security, but trouble seems to follow Elin; especially when FBI Agent Marc Everton gets involved, in more ways than one.
Marc Everton has not seen Elin Summerall in years and a previous encounter produced a daughter that he never knew he had. He has been aware that Elin was recently widowed and became the recipient of a heart transplant, but his investigation of a co-worker's murder brings him directly to Elin's front door. Highly skeptical of Elin's "cell memory" at first, he quickly puts credence in her recollections when they dig a little deeper into the facts of the case. And it is obvious that someone is desperate to silence Elin . . . . . for good. And what about Elin? And what about their daughter? Marc and Elin are faced with some important decisions . . . . if they live long enough to make them.
The pace of this romantic suspense quickly accelerates by the middle of the book; Colleen Coble has written another really good story!
About: Elin Summerall waas lucky - she got a heart transplant and it was a perfect fit, but when she begins to have violent flashbacks she knows something isn't quite right - she's remembering her donor's murder! This strange happening is getting a lot of unwanted attention from the press, the authorities, and worst of all - the killer himself!
Everyone seems dubious of her story, except for Agent Marc Everton. Together can they find out the secrets that Elin is remembering before the killer silences her?
My thoughts: I have been very picky of what books I read lately. The classics and a good fantasy or mystery has been more down my line. I was excited to read this book and then re-read it later on to do this review when I saw what it was about. The plot is amazing and twisted - mystery and suspense everywhere! I was a little dubious about Elin's flashbacks, but found from a little research that they can perhaps really happen.
It was a very well written story and had some romance (which I have been avoiding of late), but not a lot so I was fine with it.
It was by a favorite author of mine and she writes really good stories!
Seagrass Pier, by Colleen Coble, is the third in the Hope Beach Novel series. It begins in Virginia Beach, Virginia. But like the first two books in the series, it is mainly set on Hope Island.
Elin Summerall has had a rough couple of years. Her husband passed away. She underwent a heart transplant. Her mother is developing dementia. And then Marc Everton appears at her door investigating an FBI case. As she is explaining to him that she has memories of the victims murder due to cell memory and is trying to convince him that the murderer is stalking her, her daughter comes outside to find her. Marc immediately knows he is the father of the child. When Elin moves to Hope Islands Seagrass Pier soon after, he follows her there both to investigate and to get to know his daughter. But Elin has a difficult time allowing him into Josies life, and Marc is determined not to lose any more time with her.
This was an incredible book. I had not heard of cell memory, so it was a refreshing change from the typical suspense novel. The thought of Elin remembering the murder and then needing to convince others that she was being stalked was a totally new idea. I also liked Marcs determination to be involved in his childs life once he was informed of her existence.
This was a terrific book, one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense novels.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.