A Stranger's Game
by Colleen Coble
January 3-14, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
A wealthy hotel heiress.
Even though Torie Bergstrom hasn’t been back to Georgia since she was ten, she’s happy to arrange a job for her best friend at one of the family properties on Jekyll Island.
A suspicious death.
But when Torie learns that her best friend has drowned, she knows it is more than a tragic accident: Lisbeth was terrified of water and wouldn’t have gone swimming by choice.
A fight for the truth.
Torie goes to the hotel under an alias, desperate to find answers. When she meets Joe Abbott and his daughter rescuing baby turtles, she finds a tentative ally.
The more Torie and Joe dig, the more elusive the truth seems. One thing is clear: someone will risk anything—even more murder—to keep their secrets buried.
This is another engaging novel by Coble. The plot is multilayered. The heroine, Torie, has come to investigate the death of her best friend who had in turn been investigating the death of Torie's mother years ago. I do wish there had been a bit more character building of Torie at the very beginning, explaining her background.
I appreciate that Coble has included the issue of trusting God after the loss of a loved one. I also like it when I learn something from fiction and this novel contained good information on the training of sea lions for use in underwater detection. I had no idea one could be trained to slap a cuff on the ankle of an intruder.
I like the setting of Jekyll Island off the Georgia coast. The location allowed Coble to include in the plot controversy surrounding the creation of the Federal Reserve on that very island as well as criticism by some of its actions today.
This is an entertaining and informative novel. There is a little suspense but nothing very intense until the very end. There is a good developing romance. What I liked best about the novel was the setting and the use of sea lions by the navy.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: January 4th 2022
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 0785228578 (ISBN13: 9780785228578)
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)