Monday, July 24, 2023

BREAK OF DAY (Annie Pederson Series #3) by Colleen Coble, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"You're a good man, Jon Dunstan. We've upended your life in every way possible, yet here you are still helping and encouraging. I don't deserve you."

"You have that backward. I'm the one who doesn't deserve the two of you."

Annie Pederson and Jon Dunstan's story had not been conventional by any stretch of the imagination. He'd loved her, left her, and returned back to her . . . meeting the young daughter whom he never knew existed prior to a celiac disease diagnosis that brought the three of them together. Annie's life as a law enforcement officer had long been shadowed by a tragic family mystery, which once solved had recently brought additional heartache. Now, before the two can even take a few steps in the direction of "happily ever after", people start disappearing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Unfortunately, there's the real fear that Annie's sister Sarah could be next.

For a while, connecting all the dots and correctly placing the numerous characters within this story line was a bit distracting. Multiple moving parts left a lot to figure out, which ultimately collided with a whopper of an ending, more heinous that I would have ever expected, making the last act a quintessential climax and my mental efforts well worth reading the book.

"One word kept reverberating in his head: trust. Trust Annie, yes. But even more, he needed to trust God for this situation. It was the hardest thing he'd ever done. Somehow, they needed to get out of here . . . but the outlook was so bleak that it was hard to hang on to faith."
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
Annie Pederson’s happily ever after is finally within sight . . . If she can stay alive long enough to grasp it.

Law enforcement officer Annie Pederson’s life has been rocked by tragedy, but things finally seem to be heading in the right direction. Her relationship with the love of her life—who’s also the biological father of her precious daughter—has never been better, and it looks like an engagement ring is in Annie’s future. She’s also slowly building back trust with her sister, Sarah, after a separation that lasted for decades.

When a man escapes law enforcement custody and Sarah’s safety is suddenly in question, Annie’s personal and professional lives once again merge. Meanwhile, her investigation of hikers who have gone missing in the remote woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula puts her in the crosshairs of a deadly game.

Now, Annie is the one being hunted. When she discovers the terrible truth about the men who are stalking her, she realizes that she’s in for the fight of her life if she’s going to redeem the sister she once lost, build the family she dreams of, and keep all those she loves safe.

Return to the beloved town of Rock Harbor in the final installment of the Annie Pederson trilogy by bestselling suspense author Colleen Coble.Third installment in the Annie Pederson series:

Book One: Edge of Dusk
Book Two: Dark of Night
Book Three: Break of Day

Thomas Nelson Publishing, July, 2023
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