Sunday, August 28, 2011

Shadows on the Sand - Gayle Roper

From the back cover of the book...

"She serves him breakfast at her cafe every morning...but he never seems to notice her.  Carrie Carter's small cafe in Seaside, New Jersey, is populated with a motley crew of locals...although Carrie only has eyes for Greg Barnes.  He's recovering from a vicious crime that three years ago took the lives of his wife and children -- and from the year he tried to drink his reality away.  While her heart does a happy Snoopy dance at the sight of him, he never seems to notice her.

When Carrie's dishwasher is killed and her young waitress disappears, Greg finds himself drawn into helping Carrie solve the mysteries...and into her life.  But when Carrie's own painful past becomes all too present, her carefully constructed world begins to sink."

My Thoughts on the book...

While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it started out a tad slow in the beginning.  Not slow enough to make me want to abandon it, but just not at a pace that I couldn't put it down.  After a chapter or two, the pace started to pick up, and I was becoming hooked!

It's not until you are well in to the book do you come to understand Carrie's full background from her growing up years.  She always seems to have a secret about her, a hidden past.  The same can be said for Greg, he shares little information of the family he once had.  While I enjoyed reading of their story, at times I felt as if they weren't the main characters of the book.

Almost more exciting or interesting, is the story of Andi, a young girl with a troubled past, including a link to "The Way", a religious cult of sorts, run by "Michael, the arch angel".  Just what does this young lady know of the dishwashers death, and is her rough boyfriend involved more than she cares to admit?

If you're looking for a good "Seaside Mystery", than this is the book for you!  I would love to hear what seaside city or resort is your favorite place to visit, or day dream of!  Make sure you sign up on the right to become a follower so you don't miss a review or giveaway again!

By the way, in case your wondering, I give this book 4 stars, and would highly recommend it!

**I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group and was not required to post a positive review.

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