Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.” Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point. Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago. When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye. As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together. – from author’s website.
This is the second book in this series, both where the murders are connected with family secrets that pertain to the lead female character’s birth and family lineage. You don’t have to read the first book in the series to read this one, although some of the details and characters that you meet will have more depth if you have read the first one.
I enjoyed the book, although I didn’t get into it as much as I usually get into Colleen Coble’s books. I didn’t relate to the characters as much and found myself not being drawn into their story as much as I would have liked. I enjoyed some of the more minor details that brought a little more character to the story and depth to the characters. Details such as Kevin’s daughter being blind and the incidents with rabid foxes. These details weren’t integral to the plot, but I enjoyed them because I’ve had many experiences with wild animals and have actually gotten rabies shots myself when I was younger.