Title: Beneath Copper Falls
Author: Colleen Coble
Genre/Audience: Christian fiction, mystery, adult
Publication: Thomas Nelson, 2017
Source: For review, TLC Book Tours
Dana Newell has just moved to Rock Harbor to take a job as a sheriff’s dispatcher and is settling in next door to Bree and Kade Matthews. The abusive relationship she left behind seems a distant memory in this perfect place.
Her first day on the job, Dana receives a call from her friend Allyson who screams “He’s going to kill me too” before the phone goes dead. Dana immediately dispatches a deputy, but it’s too late. Allyson’s death is ruled an accident, but Dana just doesn’t believe it. She knows Allyson—an investigative reporter—was researching a new story. Did someone want to keep her quiet?
Dana continues to look into the accident with the help of Bree and also Allyson’s cousin Boone. Romance quickly blooms between Dana and Boone but the game is much more complex than either of them imagined. When Dana’s ex-fiance locates her, she’s caught in the middle. It’s a game of cat and mouse as she and Boone fight to catch one killer while evading another.
Beneath Copper Falls is the sixth in the Rock Harbor series by this author. There were references to people who I assume were the stars of the previous books, and it would have been nice to know their back stories, but not totally necessary to read this book as a stand alone.
I thought the characters and story line were well thought out and although this was considered a Christian fiction novel, I wouldn’t say it was overly religious. Just a normal amount of praying in tense situations that you could probably find in any book. It has been my take that the only thing missing in Christian novels are the long, drawn out bedroom scenes (that I normally skip over anyways).
I liked the character of Dana and her new love interest, Boone, and hated her ex-husband. The mystery was not predictable or easy to solve, and I really enjoyed reading this. If my TBR list is ever in a more controllable range, I would love to go back and read this series from the beginning!
Guest review by my mom, Kim.