Saturday, 23 April 2016

Review: Storm Surge by Celia Ashley

Named after a goddess who turns her lovers to stone, an insular New England coastal town holds more secrets than it can keep…

Torn from her hometown and her father as a child, Paige Waters' last memory of both is fraught with mystery and confusion. Now, sixteen years later, with both her parents gone, Paige returns to Alcina Cove, certain there is more to the painful story than she's been led to believe. The answers must lie within the community, buffered from the larger world by the sea; but when she finds the townspeople more reticent than ever, her only hope is the intriguing man who lives in her childhood home--if she can break down his reserve…

A fisherman turned writer, Liam Gray is haunted by secrets of his own, some of which are deeply entangled with the closure Paige seeks. But as he and Paige grow intimate, their attraction building, Liam finds himself torn between truth and betrayal. Whichever he chooses will risk his future with Paige and cause someone pain--until an even greater danger leaves him no choice…

ebook, 165 pages
Expected publication: May 10th 2016 by Lyrical Pres

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is May 10th, 2016.

First random thought - it says this story is 165 pages on Goodreads.  I can not validate as I was reading it on my kindle however I am pretty sure it was longer than that.  If not, my reading pace has significantly decreased.  I'm pretty sure it is just not accurate.

I opened this book with knowing really what it was about and therefore went in without any expectations.  I was pleasantly surprised.  If this book was a song, it would definitely be a mash-up the way that multiple genres seem to co-exist in this story.  Was it a ghost story?  A mystery/thriller?  Contemporary romance?  A little bit of all which could make this story appealing to a large market.

Aside from Paige doing all the obvious wrong things (and stereotypical) in the face of danger, she was a strong character who could not be pushed around.  Liam had a sense of mystery which captured me from the start.

I had figured out most of the plot twists of this story however what I did not figure out was how it all tied together.  I was glad that I was kept guessing about some aspects.

Altogether this was a fast paced story that offered a little bit of everything which was a little refreshing.  The fact that it was not completely commited to one genre kept my attention.  I realized at the end that this is pary of a stand alone series so I may have to go pick up the other book!  Just be warned, I stand by my position that this story is longer than advertised.

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