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Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble Book Review

Seagrass Pier (Hope Beach, #3)In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger's memories . . . before they cost her everything.
Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.
But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks--and vivid dreams of being strangled--she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor's murder.
Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked--by a man she's only met in her nightmares.
The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin's daughter.
Of course, he doesn't know about that. Yet.
Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there's no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her--before she remembers too much.

Colleen Coble is a really talented author and I've read several of her series. She does a nice mix of suspense and Christian romance. And she also does historical fiction at least once. Either way, she has a great collection of books under her belt and I've enjoyed a lot of them. I think this one I was expecting the same but it didn't quite deliver the way I wanted it to.

The things that I did like were how well the characters were done and the cell memory that basically the plot is built off of. Because of Elin's heart transplant from a murder victim she is able to retain some of her memories. It was really interesting and added a nice twist to the story, setting it apart. As always the plot was exciting and fast-paced. I don't think I got bored ever really. The author also makes everything seem very real and definitely does her research. The point that I noticed and appreciated her research the most was in how Elin's mother suffers from dementia brought on by a stroke or seizure (I can't remember) and the author is very on point. Someone in my family has dementia and it was almost a little bit painful to read.

The things I didn't like as much was there was one kidnapping that I felt ended a little too calmly. I'm assuming that the author is going to use her in another book and couldn't kill her or have her very seriously injured? Or maybe just liked her to much? There was also a side plot about a treasure in this house Elin is staying at and I didn't think it was really resolved at the end of the book when the killer was discovered and everything got sorted out. And I guessed one of the big plot reveals pretty early on and easily. Which I would have liked and felt proud of had it not been pretty easy (I thought) to figure out.

Overall, this was a good, suspenseful book but there were a few things that I found lacking. I liked the characters and the story kept me interested, but I guessed a few of the plot twists pretty easily and got annoyed at some of the characters a few times. It was well written and I liked it, but I didn't enjoy it as much as some of her other books. I'm giving Seagrass Pier 3 out of 5 flowers.

Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.


  1. Sorry this didn't quite deliver for you, it is always disappointing when that happens especially when you really have loved all the authors other work in the past. Hopefully her next one will be better.
    Have a nice weekend!!

  2. It sounds like a good book because of the characters especially! I'm so big on characters in my books I read. Although the kidnapping being ended calmly is a red flag for me. I don't like it when BIG things happen in a book and it's done so nonchalantly or wrapped up in a no-big-deal kind of way.

  3. I don't like when I guess or sometimes know what's going to happen next. It really ruins the experience. I'm still glad that you enjoyed this one overall and it does seem like a really interesting read. Great review :)


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