The synopsis on the back of the book:
Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a young house flipper. But when her sister disappears, she can’t focus on anything but finding out what really happened. Blood on the floor might indicate that MacKenzie was killed and her body was removed.
Ellie is at odds with Grayson Bradshaw, the handsome Coast Guard intelligence officer who thinks MacKenzie faked her own death and is off enjoying her ill-gotten gains: billions of dollars in cocaine.
They both want the truth, but truth—and family—is often more complex than it may first appear.
- Genre: Christian Suspense
- Published: 7/2018
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson
- Pages: 352
- Goodreads Rating: 4.31
Why I Chose This Book
I have been wanting to read one of Colleen's books for quite some time and when I got the chance to read her latest novel I was so excited! I also have been wanting to review more Christian suspense here on the blog, so I thought it would be a good start!
I am also participating in the TLC Book Tour on Instagram today for this book. Though no review is required I knew some of my readers would be interested in this book (including myself!)!
First Initial Thoughts
Ellie is a house flipper and is currently finishing flipping a certain home when her sister, Mac all of a sudden goes missing. She finds a lot of blood on Mac's ship and fears the worst. I liked Ellie. She never gave up on her sister and always had hope that she was alive.
Greyson works for the Coast Guard investigation unit (is that even a thing?) and is investigating missing Cocaine on a cargo ship. Cocaine worth millions of dollars. He believes Mac is the one responsible for the missing cocaine. First Ellie is furious with Greyson and refused to believe that her sister would have anything to do with drugs.
Greyson also finds out that he has more ties to Puget Sound than he thought. He found out he was actually adopted and his family lives right in Lavender Falls. This little mystery developed as well throughout the story. I tended to like Greyson more for some reason. Even though I didn't really think Mac was involved with the drugs, I knew that he was just doing his job. He was trying to solve the mystery and you have to look at all angles and people involved. I think Ellie should have given him more slack but I understand her reasoning as well.
This book made me miss the Oregon coast so much! I miss the small quaint coastal towns and the smell of sea salt in the air. It's a different smell then the coast here in Florida. I am not sure how to explain it. Colleen really emersed you into Washington's Puget Sound. I could perfectly picture it in my mind. It just sounds like the perfect place to go on vacation!
While this is the second one in the Lavender Tides series, it can be read as a standalone. Storylines from the previous book are explained in this one.
I was surprised to find that God wasn't mentioned a whole lot in this book. I actually kind of appreciated this because then this book can appeal to a wider audience. It's a clean suspense and I think that is needed more in this genre specifically.
What I liked is that the romance between Greyson and Ellie. They showed no attraction to each other whatsoever at the beginning. They ticked each other off. However, as the story and mystery developed their bond grew deeper. I appreciated this since it was more realistic. The romance wasn't the center of the story either, it was more of an addition to the story.
There are a lot of hot topics today mentioned in this book. Such as terrorism, drugs, and North Korea. Colleen kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I was constantly guessing and I was always surprised. I won't spoil anything but the ending was very good. I didn't actually solve the mystery before the ending this time, so that's good!
This story most of all I think reminds us that we don't truly know anyone 100%. I mean, what would you think if a government agent came up to your door assuming your relative committed terrorist acts and dealt drugs? It also begs to ask the question- would you then defend them or automatically assume the worst?
Would I Recommend?
Yes! If you love a good mystery that keeps you at the edge of your seat, you will thoroughly enjoy this one!
You can check out my post on Instagram for the TLC Book Tour ---> HERE
Have you ever been to the Pacific NW Coast? If so share your thoughts in the comments!
Note: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.