Reviewed by Bethany Kelly
Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble is a beautifully written and captivating novel. Coble effectively tells the love story between main characters Mallory and Kevin, while also giving the reader a mystery to piece together.
This novel focuses on Mallory; Mallory receives a phone call from her father during which he mutters the words “Find…mother” right before passing away. However, with her mother being dead for almost fifteen years, Mallory is both startled and confused.
After traveling back home, where she hadn’t been in many years, Mallory is thrown into more danger than she could’ve ever imagined. Not only is her life being threatened, but also the life of her daughter, Haylie. In addition to this, Mallory must face Kevin, whose heart she broke many years ago after leaving him when her mother died. Will Kevin be able to forgive Mallory for breaking his heart? Will Mallory be able to forgive herself for the things that happened so long ago? Will they be able to work together to find out who is threatening her family?
I was intrigued by this novel from the start. In the first few pages, Mallory got thrown right into the middle of what seemed to be a suspicious death. Throughout the rest of the novel, Coble doesn’t miss a beat in regards to keeping the reader interested. There are many twists in the plot that kept me intrigued and seeking more information. This desire to know everything that was going on kept me reading to the very last page.
I also really liked the multiple perspectives of the story–I was able to see what was going on in the minds of all characters, not just Mallory. I was able to piece together the clues that were left in each section and make an educated guess on who the culprit could be. However, even with these clues left behind, I did not correctly guess the motives behind the crimes that were committed. For a person who loves surprises, I was very pleased with the ending and how everything turned out.
In the end, I couldn’t find anything that I didn’t like about this novel. I felt that Colleen Coble put together a unique and interesting story that I would recommend to anyone who loves romantic mystery novels. I look forward to reading more of her work.
Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.
Review copy was provided by Thomas Nelson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.