Claire Dellamare returns to Folly Shoals Island to help her father with an important merger, but from the moment she arrives she’s overcome with strange feelings and even a panic attack. To calm her nerves, she takes a walk along the beach where she witnesses a murder. The police are skeptical, however, when they find no evidence. Claire knows that when she was four years old she went missing from this very place and was returned a year later. She wants to know what happened to her during that year. Why can't she remember and why do the woods look so scary and familiar. Luke Rocco is home on leave from the Coast Guard when he meets Claire. They both love the water. When Luke finds out what she witnessed as well as her long ago disappearance he wants to help. He shares with Claire that his mother went missing the same time that she did. Together they try to find out all they can to solve a very complicated puzzle. Somebody however, doesn't want the truth to come to light and is willing to do anything to keep the decades old secrets buried forever.
Wow! Talk about a tangled web of lies and deception. The Inn at Ocean’s Edge will keep you on your toes as you try to unravel the truth along with Claire and Luke, but it will also keep you quickly flipping pages. It was tightly written with so many twists and turns, that I admit I was stumped and not sure how it all fit together until the very end. To me, that’s great writing! Usually I have an inkling but not with this story. The characters were all very interesting, although I had a hard time liking Claire, in the beginning. I liked Luke and thought he was a good guy. Kate was also a likeable person. I really admired her strength and fortitude in finding out the truth. The theme of the story is best said in the author's note at the end, "I firmly believe that every challenge we face in life can make us better people if we let it. We have to accept the things that come from God’s hand and allow him to use them to mold and shape us." Some of those things are hard to face. But in my own experience, I can honestly say that I've done the most growing through difficult circumstances. Okay, are you ready to visit the island and find out for yourself just what happened? I highly recommend you go, just be prepared, the waters get rough at times but I promise your visit to The Inn at Ocean’s Edge will be well worth it.
*This complimentary copy was provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*