Book Description: Murder and mystery continue in Book Four of the Cape Refuge series A famous mystery writer has just moved to Cape Refuge when a teenage girl is found murdered. Sheila Caruso–ex-con, mother to Sadie and Caleb, and resident of Hanover House–is working for the writer when she discovers that a scene in one of his novels matches the crime scene. When Police Chief Cade and Blair Owens discover a second dead teenager–mirroring a murder in another of the eccentric writer’s books–Cade is drawn into a web of trickery and deceit. Evidence turns up in Cade’s own truck, and suddenly he becomes the number-one suspect. Cade tries to clear his name, but when eighteen-year-old Sadie Caruso disappears, tensions mount to a fever pitch. Can Cade find the real killer before Sadie winds up dead? Is the novelist a demented killer, or a hapless victim? And what does Sadie’s own mother have to do with the crimes? Secrets are uncovered, while lessons are learned about the sins of the father being visited upon his children. Will the consequences of Sheila’s life be fatal, or is there redemption and mercy for her and her children?
"Chief Matthew Cade rarely considered another line of work, but news of the dead teenage girl made him long for a job as an accountant or electrician—some benign vocation that didn’t require him to look into the eyes of grieving parents."
My Review: Breaker's Reef by Terri Blackstock is one of those reads that seems to leap off the page as the reader valiantly tries to save Amelia Roark. "Don't let me die." Amelia Roarke silently prays as she is being held against her will.
A young woman has come to Cape Refuge seeking her birth mother, Sheila Caruso. But when Sheila, an ex-con and recovering drug addict, begins working for a famous writer who is new to the island she discovers a chapter in his book that mimics the murder scene. And then Scott Crown, newbie on the police force, finds the body of Amelia's best friend, Jamie, in a boat. And Amelia is missing!
Then Sheila's daughter, Sadie, disappears. Girls are disappearing and then found murdered. Is Sheila's dark past catching up to her?
Then there's the romance between police chief, Matthew Cade and Blair Owens, owner of the local newspaper. Will Matthew ever get a chance to propose. But greater still...can he catch this crazed murderer before someone else goes missing or loses a life?!?
And just how does Sheila and her past fit into all of this?
A great read about poor choices versus God's redeeming power of love and mercy.
This is an exciting, at times, gut.wrenching, on the edge, of your seat read. Christian suspense at its best!
*This book was provided by Zondervan for review*
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