The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble

I received a free copy of this book for an ARC review.

OFFICIAL BLURB

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.

MY THOUGHTS

I liked the premise of the book. At its core, the idea for this book was solid. I really wanted to know the backstory between our two main characters–Zach and Shauna–and I wanted good things to happen for them in the end. However, the execution just wasn’t there I felt like I was reading a book written for adults but at the high school level. Everything we were supposed to know or feel, we were told outright. We didn’t have to figure it out for ourselves. There was no mystery or suspense to the relationship between our two main characters. Even though they were adults, the writing made them sound and feel immature.

We also devolved from a murder mystery into some sort of terror plot involving man-made earthquakes? There was just a lot going on, and the complexity of the plot didn’t jive with the simplistic writing style.

SUMMARY

There is potential here, but I wouldn’t recommend this book in its current writing. I like the idea, but wasn’t impressed with the execution, and wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.

 

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