Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Review: Breaker's Reef by Terri Blackstock

Series: Cape Refuge #4
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: March 1, 2005
311 pages
About the Book:

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?

My Rating & Thoughts:    ⭐⭐⭐

Picks up a year after book 3. A teenage girl arrives in town with a friend and then is reported missing. I enjoyed following characters I've gotten to know in the previous books and meeting some new ones. I did not like Sheila in the previous book but in this one she had grown a bit. I liked seeing her relationship with Sadie and how she has learned to trust God. I did feel some of the characters did not make the wisest decisions and went off on their own which got them into trouble. Early on I suspected a certain character as being the guilty party and was shocked when it wasn't them but someone else. I thought for sure it was them. I liked the way the series ended and where it left the characters.

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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