Seagrass Pier is the perfect place for Elin to hide from a killer, but an old love’s ability to see her true heart could be her undoing.
When Elin Summerall contracted a virus that damaged her heart, she was lucky to get a transplant. At first it was an overwhelmingly good gift. But then she began to remember a murder she never witnessed—the murder of her heart’s donor.
When she reveals what she knows to a disbelieving police officer, she’s exposed as a witness and must flee for her life to a remote cottage on Hope Beach.
Fearing what might happen to her daughter and mother, she asks Marc Everton for help, though she hasn’t seen him since the night her father died. She remembers that night with shame, and she never told Marc about their daughter.
Marc is less than convinced that Elin’s “memories” are real. He is blindsided by the news about his daughter, but for her sake, he agrees to help. Then he begins to notice the small ways Elin is different. She now likes coffee, her musical tastes have changed, and she’s ditched her jeans and sneakers for dresses and high heels.
As Elin tries to stay alive and bring the killer to justice, she begins to doubt her own identity. Did her new heart save her life only to cause her to lose herself? And if she’s really changed, why does her new heart love Marc just as much as her old one did?
The latest installment in the Hope Beach series takes a supernatural turn with new character Elin remembering “memories” that aren’t hers. The idea of ‘cell memory’ is nothing new, but I’m not sure whether or not I believe in it. Furthermore, how does it fit into Christianity if we believe that God created each of us as individuals? Depending on your thoughts on the subject, you may or may not have to suspend your disbelief as it is central to the novel.
Cell memory aside, this is a novel filled with various twists, turns and red herrings. We learn the identity of one “baddie” early on, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s game over. Little clues appear here and there that make you wonder if there’s more than one nefarious plot going on. This would mean Elin has some seriously bad luck since, if there is, they would all seem to revolve around her. I couldn’t make up my mind until almost the end. Despite several seemingly different story lines going on in the course of the novel, I wasn’t confused as each was clearly defined.
As I indicated at the beginning of this review, a major theme throughout Seagrass Pier is the question of identity. Elin exhibits some markedly different behaviors after her surgery. Consequently, she starts to wonder if she’s losing her identity and taking on that which belonged to her heart’s donor. Ultimately, she is reassured that she will always be Elin regardless of what she does. Her most important identity is being known as a daughter of God.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Litfuse for my complimentary advance reader’s copy of Seagrass Pier, which I received in exchange for an honest review and participation in a blog tour.
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Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 01 July 2014
Page Count: 336