The law is about justice—not grace. But perhaps ranger Annie Pederson can find a way to have both.
As if the last few months haven’t been hard enough—complete with threats on her life and the return of her first love, Jon—Annie has to figure out whether or not to believe a woman who claims to be her sister, Sarah, who was abducted twenty-four years ago at age five. Annie’s eight-year-old daughter, Kylie, has plenty of questions about what’s going on in her mother’s life—but there are some stories Annie doesn’t want uncovered.
As Annie grapples with how to heal the gulf between her and her would-be sister and make room in her daughter’s life for Jon, she’s professionally distracted by the case of yet another missing hiker in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A woman named Michelle Fraser has now been abducted, and though the woman’s estranged husband is at the top of their suspect list, Annie and her colleagues will need to dig deeper to determine whether these recent mysteries are truly as unrelated as they seem.
In this second novel of bestselling author Colleen Coble’s latest romantic-suspense series, Annie and Jon must fight for the future—and the family—that could once more be theirs.
“This fresh, addictive mystery delivers thrills, compassion, and hope.” —Publishers Weekly for Edge of Dusk
Second installment in the Annie Pederson series:Book One: Edge of DuskBook Two: Dark of NightBook Three: Break of Day (available July 2023)Includes cameo appearances from beloved characters in Colleen’s Rock Harbor seriesAlso by Colleen Coble: A Stranger’s Game, One Little Lie, Without a TraceIncludes discussion questions for book clubs
Coble returns to Michigan's upper peninsula in the largely satisfying second entry in her Annie Pederson series (after Edge of Dusk). Annie, a park ranger, assists Sheriff Mason Kaleva in the search for Michelle Fraser, whose car recently turned up abandoned in the wilderness with a bloody sheet in the trunk. Meanwhile, Annie deals with upheavals in her personal life. A paternity test reveals that Annie's eight-year-old daughter, Kylie, was fathered by Jon, her onetime fiancé and current romantic interest, and he pushes Annie to tell Kylie, who thinks her father was Annie's dead husband. Additionally, Taylor, an enigmatic woman who worked under an adopted identity at the resort Annie owns, claims to be Annie's younger sister, who was abducted when Annie was nine. Taylor, who blames Annie for not saving her, feels she can be a better mother to Kylie and tricks the girl into running away with her. After Kylie realizes that Taylor has no intention of ever taking her home again, she escapes into the woods, while Annie and Jon search for her, which leads to an unexpected development in the Fraser case. There's not much spark between Annie and Jon, but Taylor's malice toward Annie and Annie's struggle to empathize with Taylor after she kidnapped Kylie powerfully speak to Coble's message on the difficulty and necessity of practicing Christian forgiveness. Series fans will find this up to snuff.
Dark of Night
Anne is faced with what is real in her life, a sister missing for years, now here, and blames her for it. An old love returned, and will her daughter fit in.
Her daughter has been taken, a hiker leaving a shelter, hiding from abusive husband out in the woods. The distraction of these is what she needs, and main focus on her daughter. Many things going on in this story, connected with giving forgiveness, was well done. Given ARC by Net Galley and Thomas.Nelson for my voluntary review and my honest opinion. Releases Jan 2023