Beneath Cooper Falls, by Colleen Coble, is romantic suspense novel that will leave Coble fans happy that she has returned to this series and they have a chance to revisit their favorite characters. However, some may find the content lacks, as the relationship and the plot left me wishing for more depth.
Dana has already learned that love isn’t safe . . . but could it be different in Rock Harbor?
As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.
But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted.
Let me start by saying that most Coble fans and romantic suspense readers will find it enjoyable. Though I figured it out who did it early in the novel, there was enough action to keep the pace of the novel moving quickly. Even though I knew, it was still surprising to see how everything fell into place.
The romance side of the novel is sweet but not overly done. I felt it was a little cliché at times. I wasn’t so invested in the couple that they stuck around with me after the novel was through. However, the reader will like the couple and the supporting characters.
Overall, I thought it was just okay bordering on something I wouldn’t recommend. Please note that I am very particular when it comes to domestic violence books. I find that most abuse novels oversimplify a very complex issue. Most of the time the woman will escape, and soon after will meet a man and begin to fall in love while the abuser is lurking around the corner. The woman will learn how to physically defend herself, the abuser is caught/killed, and they live happily ever after. While Beneath Copper Falls isn’t as formulaic as that, the abuse/recovery felt more like a plot device rather than a thoughtful consideration of how an abused woman would act and feel. It was absurd not to think Garrett would follow her and that he would not harm those she knew. She had experienced the extent of his violence before. If he attacked her in the garage of her work, why would he not continue to go to whatever lengths to get her back? For me, the level of trauma she experienced did not equal her response – it felt unrealistic and shallow. Like I said, it needs more depth.
I received a copy of this book so I could provide an honest review. My hope is that my comments will allow the reader to decide whether this is the book for them. I gave it 3 stars, but for those who aren’t as particular as me, I would say consider this a 4 star book.