The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble

The Synopsis:

A vacation to Sunset Cove was her way of celebrating and thanking her parents. After all, Claire Dellamore’s childhood was like a fairytale. But with the help of Luke Elwell, Claire discovers that fairytale was really an elaborate lie . . .

The minute she steps inside the grand Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Claire Dellamare knows something terrible happened there. She feels it in her bones. Her ensuing panic attack causes a scene, upsetting her parents. Claire attempts to quiet her nerves with a walk on the beach, to no avail. She’s at too great a distance to make out details, but she believes she witnesses a murder on a nearby cliff. When local police find no evidence of foul play, they quickly write off the “nervous” woman’s testimony as less than credible.

But Luke Elwell, home on leave from the Coast Guard, has reason to believe Claire. Years ago when his mother went missing, Luke’s father suspected she’d been murdered. He died never having convinced the police to investigate. So when an employee of the grand hotel doesn’t show up for work, Luke steps in to help Claire track down the missing woman.

As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


The Inn at Ocean’s Edge will grab your attention from page one and refuse to let go throughout the entire book. I never once hit a slow or boring part and the mystery was well worth the read with exciting twists.

Colleen’s writing style is phenomenal and her characters are so realistic that seems to flow more like a movie than a book; which can be quite an accomplishment!

The beach setting was beautiful and well portrayed and the story-line was completely believable and unpredictable. I do warn that the violence is decently high but not overly detailed. The murders are very well written so that you could see what happened “from a distance”; so though you knew what happened clearly, the author didn’t bring you on top of the scene and rub your nose in it.

So overall, I was immensely pleased with Colleen’s newest work and I rate The Inn at Ocean’s Edge 5 out of 5 stars and cannot wait until Colleen’s next book!

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Rayleigh GrayRayleigh is a Freshman in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.

Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.

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