Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Mystery, intrigue and a touch of romance highlight this third installment of the Sunset Cove series from Colleen Coble. Life for Kate Mason finally appears to be settling down. Finished with chemo for her aplastic anemia and on the road back to good health, Kate has settled in to her main job as caretaker of the family’s blueberry barrens. When the blueberry fields temporarily stop producing, Kate searches for alternate sources of income. Her solution? She decides to rent out the small cottage on her property.
Drake Newham travels to Folly Shoals, Maine to investigate the deaths of his brother and sister-in-law. Discovered at the bottom of a cliff, their bodies have led local law enforcement to believe that his brother killed his wife then committed suicide but Drake doesn’t buy it. He knows his brother and the brother he knows would never orphan his daughters no matter how angry he was at his wife. As Drake investigates, what he uncovers puts him AND the girls at risk but is the bullseye really centered on him or is his landlady, Kate, the real target?
So many threads weave together in this story to create a tapestry of obsession, love, hate, and redemption. Coble writes from several perspectives, telling the story from both the narrator’s POV and the antagonist’s. The ending is a surprise for readers and for the book characters – at least, I know I was stunned. This is a “can’t-put-it-down-until-I-see-what-happens-next” kind of book. Mystery/suspense readers will love it and there’s enough romance to keep romance readers happy, too. I definitely recommend this one!
Rated PG: For me, the stalking puts this one into the PG realm. The writing is clean but the suspense is more than I would want for young children to read.
Reviewer’s copy was personally purchased. Thank you!