Coble takes readers back to a location of previous novels. This is the first I've read of the series and felt it is a good stand alone novel.
The novel did get off to a rough start for me, however. The opening scenes are of a graphic spousal abuse nature. It hit so close to home that I almost did not read further. So a warning that there is a graphic trigger situation at the beginning. I would have much preferred the opening scene been deleted and merely referred to later.
After the initial difficulty, I did enjoy the mystery and suspense. The plot is a little complex as there are two villains. It took me a while to figure that out, since they both involve a type of spousal abuse. I felt the characters were developed relatively well, considering many of them were in previous novels. The setting of the cold Upper Peninsula of Michigan was well done.
There are several issues in this novel that would make for good discussion in a reading group and discussion questions are included. Wanting acceptance is a major one, going from one character being willing to endure harsh treatment from a doting boyfriend to another character concerned about horrible facial scars.
I recommend this novel to those who like an intense mystery with a good setting and likeable characters.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Colleen Coble is a USA Today bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her romantic suspense novels. You can find out more at www.colleencoble.com.
Thomas Nelson, 368 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.