Saturday, February 03, 2018

The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble ~ Book Tour and Review

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Publisher Description:
"Prepare to stay up all night with Colleen Coble. Coble's beautiful, emotional prose coupled with her keen sense of pacing, escalating danger, and very real characters place her firmly at the top of the suspense genre. I could not put this book down." --Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered

 After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has. When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son. Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.

 In The View from Rainshadow Bay, suspense, danger, and a longing to love again ignite amid the gorgeous lavender fields of Washington State.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this latest from Colleen Coble.  It's the first in a new series called Lavender Tides set in Washington state and I'm looking forward to more.  I think it might be my favorite that I've read from her.  And can I just pause to mention the gorgeous cover?  So pretty.  The story is a page turner for sure, but what really made it good for me was that it wasn't just a murder suspense mystery but that it had depth to it and  involved my emotions as the characters struggled through their grief at losing a young husband, father and friend.  The way they were written was really good and very believable.  Though there is an element of romance to the story as is in all the author's mysteries, it didn't take over the story and it didn't make me roll my eyes at an "insta-love" element.  The ones involved had known each other many years and I found the development of their attraction sweet and probably quite natural.  As for the mystery I was really drawn in and couldn't put the book down in a lot of  the parts.  It paced really well to keep me turning those pages.  A few unanswered questions at the end set the book up nicely for the next in the series.

I give this book a good 9/10 using my rating stars that I've done for years.  (Though on the BookLook site it's out of 5 stars with no halfers so on their site I will give it the 5 stars rather than the 4)

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for sending me a free copy for my honest review.  All thoughts are my own and I'm not required to give a good review.


Michele Morin said...

Thanks, Susanne, for this review! I'll be watching for more books from this talented author!

Faith said...

I think I read one of her novels years ago! I should look for more! I just finished writing a review for one that kept me riveted!!

Powell River Books said...

I live part time in Washington State. Reading a book set locally might be fun. - Margy