Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Genre: Christian Romance/Mystery
Series: Hope Beach #3
Format: paperback (336 pages)
Source: Publisher via Booklook Bloggers
Rating: 3 Stars
From Goodreads: In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger’s memories . . . before they cost her everything.
Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.
But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks–and vivid dreams of being strangled–she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor’s murder.
Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked–by a man she’s only met in her nightmares.
The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin’s daughter.
Of course, he doesn’t know about that. Yet.
Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there’s no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her–before she remembers too much.
My Thoughts: Elin Summerall is recovering from a heart transplant when she starts to get vivid details about her donor’s murder. The details comes to her in dreams, and it feels to Elin as if she is being murdered herself. But when she starts to voice these dreams to the police, the killer of her donor will not stop until she is silenced. In comes Agent Marc Everton, an off duty FBI agent and an old flame of Elin. One look at Elin’s daughter and Marc knows that he’s her father.
This book is the third in the Hope Beach Series, but I haven’t read the first two, and can be read as a stand-alone. The suspense is heart-stopping. There was really so much going on that I had to pace myself before I got overwhelmed. Is there a limit to how much detail there needs to be in a book that paints the picture for the reader? If not, there should be. Way too much for my liking, but I was determined to figure out who the killer was. There’s an abundance of characters in this story that I think weren’t truly needed. I think that the author could have gotten the point around without making the reader remember who each and every character was and the role they played. Overall, this is a good murder mystery to add to your shelf.