Friday, August 17, 2018

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The House At Saltwater Point

Author: Colleen Coble
Title: The House at Saltwater Point
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date: July 3, 2018
Book Blurb: 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.

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Review: The House at Saltwater Point is a good example of what a Christian Thriller should be like. This was a character driven mystery that was unputdownable. (I love that word)

It wasn't without flaws though. Allow me to discuss those.

1. Ellie takes Grayson to Smokey's which is a BBQ joint and there's a picture of Paul McCartney on the wall, as in this is a place where he's eaten. Uh, erm. NO! I was checking under all the rocks I could find because I'm sure Colleen was living under one, because it's common knowledge that PAUL MCCARTNEY IS A VEGAN and has been that or a vegetarian for 40 years!

2. Ellie was way too good to be true in her feelings about her sister. I don't know how anyone could have that much faith in someone when presented with compelling evidence against her. I couldn't have that much faith in my sister if it looked like she did what Mac did.

3. Grayson having strange recollections of Lavender Tides, when he hasn't been there since he was two years old. I realize that some people can have some memories of their childhood, but this? Uh no, not believable. Of course, his backstory is really out there. Its fantastic, but it is out there.

I'm going to get away from those things now and say, I really enjoyed the story, because I loved Grayson and Ellie. Even though I though Ellie was a bit over the top in her loyalty, that's a trait to be admired. I also loved Grayson's back story as he discovered a family he didn't know he had. I loved how Shauna and her husband Zach were trying to reunite her family. I hope in future books we see Grayson reuniting with all of his family. I hope he finds it in his heart to forgive his adoptive mother at some point.

There was all of this going on with the disappearance of Ellie's sister and some cocaine that was stolen from the Coast Guard. Toss in some terrorists and a bomb oh and tall ships and this is really a book that is a page turner from start to finish.

It wasn't a perfect read, but it was a good one, and I won't hesitate to revisit this author.

Rating: 4 flowers


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