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.
Continue reading for my thoughts on Mermaid Moon, an excerpt from the book, and also a link to a giveaway to celebrate it’s release.
The second Sunset Cove novel takes us back to coastal Maine and introduces us to new characters as well as renewing acquaintances from the first title in the series. Just as with The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, this book focuses on identity and family connections. Because of the continuity, it’s worthwhile reading the series in order.
While there are twists and turns, I don’t think it’s as strong a title as its predecessor. The motive for the criminal acts felt a little convoluted and I had problems wrapping my head around it. I figured out one of the major plot points early on, although I did have second thoughts about it midway through. I also wondered why one character didn’t reveal pertinent information earlier than they did but, of course, it would’ve made the tale a lot shorter!
There are some elements, however, that I definitely enjoyed. The main storyline is about the relationship between Kevin and Mallory. Both have daughters from previous marriages. The girls have grown up in different circumstances and there is an age gap, but they do become good friends. Of course, friendship is very different from becoming step-sisters. We’ll see what develops there!
The third book in the series, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, will be released later in the year. It’ll focus on Kevin’s cousin, Kate, who’s appeared in both Mermaid Moon and The Inn at Ocean’s Edge.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity for my complimentary copy of Mermaid Moon, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Thomas Nelson (a division of HarperCollins)
Publication Date: 12 January 2016
Page Count: 352