Coble has crafted a good novel with a balance of character development, suspense, and romance. While the action is current, the roots of the suspense are in earlier events. Shauna is a private helicopter pilot whose husband had been killed in a climbing accident. He was climbing with his good friend Zach and Shauna blames him for the fact that she is a widow and single mother. People close to Shauna are being murdered and then it becomes apparent Shauna's life is in danger. When Zach comes to her aid, she has lots of pain and anger to work through. The suspense increases as Shauna and Zach find clues from the past, items someone is willing to kill to get.
The best part of the novel for me was the setting. I love it when I find a novel taking place in my native Washington State. The location for this one is the north part of the Olympic Peninsula where there are several lavender farms. The name Rainshadow Bay is descriptive as I live on an island that is in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. I've included a photo I recently took of the very area Coble has chosen to set this novel. You can see the mountains that Shauna says take her breath away and a bay that might very well be Rainshadow Bay.
I recommend this novel to readers who like a good balance of character development, suspense and romance. There is a strong Christian message woven through the novel, encouragement to trust God when we are going through difficult times. You'll also find out a little about a very beautiful place.
Note: this book releases January 23, 2018.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Colleen Coble is an award winning author of Christian romantic suspense novels. She has nearly four million books in print. She and her husband live in Indiana. You can find out more at http://colleencoble.com/.
Thomas Nelson, 336 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.