Annie Pederson was just 9 years old when her 5-year-old sister Laura was kidnapped one evening while they were dockside listening for the eerie call of loons. She was never found. Now, twenty-four years later, Annie is a Law Enforcement Ranger for the wilderness preserve areas in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with a young daughter of her own. Having recently lost both her husband and parents to a boating accident, she divides her time between her job and running her parents’ marina and campsites.
Jon Dunstan has returned to Rock Harbor to oversee his father’s affairs after a recent debilitating stroke. He is hoping to arrange for repairs needed to get the homestead sold, get his Dad settled and get back to his thriving orthopedics practice in Chicago. When he goes to view the old cottage, he realizes that it needs more work than he can manage, and he’ll be needing to oversee things for a while. He is also anxious to see Annie – he and Annie had been engaged to be married before a furious argument ended the relationship, with him leaving town for his residency, and Annie soon marrying his best friend. She is the girl he has never forgotten.
Meanwhile, a camper has gone missing, his campsite found in ruins. Shortly thereafter, Annie finds a body, with an obvious gunshot wound to the head, floating in the water near her pier. After notifying the proper authorities, and retrieving his body, they learn that he is the missing camper. It seems apparent that there is a killer on the peninsula. Intriguingly enough, the last time Jon Dunstan was in town, two teenaged girls went missing, and were never found.
As the investigation heats up, all eyes turn to Jon, who insists that he’s innocent, as he struggles to re-connect and repair his relationship with Annie. But someone on the peninsula is determined to prove otherwise…and they want Annie to stop investigating…
This was a great read! It captured my interest immediately and I couldn’t put it down. I loved Annie’s character and hope to see more of her in future novels. I didn’t quite understand the actions of Taylor in some of the scenes, and I would have liked more insight into her past and who her now deceased mother was. Having said that, I just did a bit of snooping on the author’s website and am ecstatic to see the Rock Harbor is a series of novels, so here’s hoping all of my questions are answered as the series goes on. My first from Colleen Coble, but most definitely NOT my last!
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