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Beneath Copper Falls - Number 6 in the Rock Harbor Series

Author: Colleen Coble

ISBN-10: 0718090713
ISBN-13: 9780718090715

Publishing Date: July 10, 2017

Availability in London: Creation Bookstore.

Available in: Paperback


Summary:

Dana Newell has just moved to Rock Harbor to take a job as a sheriff's dispatcher and is settling in next door to Bree and Kade Matthews. The abusive relationship she left behind seems a distant memory in this perfect place.

Her first day on the job, Dana receives a call from her friend Allyson who screams "He's going to kill me too" before the phone goes dead. Dana immediately dispatches a deputy, but it's too late. Allyson's death is ruled an accident, but Dana just doesn't believe it. She knows Allyson—an investigative reporter—was researching a new story. Did someone want to keep her quiet?

Dana continues to look into the accident with the help of Bree and also Allyson's cousin Boone. Romance quickly blooms between Dana and Boone but the game is much more complex than either of them imagined. When Dana's ex-fiancé locates her, she's caught in the middle. It’s a game of cat and mouse as she and Boone fight to catch one killer while evading another.

Reader Reviews
Amanda Tero rated Beneath Coper Falls a 2 out of 5 stars
I'll be honest up front: this is probably the hardest book review I've had to write. As far as writing style and ability, I admire Coble. Her writing style is enjoyable and well-rounded.

Content... since I'm given permission for my honest review, that is what I'll stick with. I know other readers who enjoy suspense may like this book, but it was not for me. So, for you readers who are debating whether or not to read this book, here are my thoughts.

The back cover did not shed light about how dark the content would be. There was no mention of a serial killer (much less one who drowned women), which may have better prepared me for the contents. It's not just that it was a serial killer, but how closely connected the characters were to people who were being killed. And... who the serial killer was. I figured it out about halfway and continued in horror of, "Please be wrong." (I wasn't wrong)

For me, it was too dark without a good balance of light. God was mentioned, as was prayer, but it was more of, "I'll pray for you" and "God has His good will for your life." I found it to be somewhat shallow, and the characters in their everyday lives didn't think much about God.

Another aspect I didn't care for was the romance. I could have read it wrong, but it appeared that one couple lived together before marriage (which is Biblically wrong to do). The romance was more surface-centered and a few things took place that made me cringe (mentions of going too far, being too close, that type of thing).

So, coming from a conservative Christian viewpoint, this is not the type of book I'd like to read again.

Cara Putman rated Beneath Coper Falls a 5 out of 5 stars
A richly layered mystery with moments of suspense and great romantic interludes. I really enjoyed this trip back to Rock Harbor with new characters and old friends. Dana is determined to carve a new life away from an abusive boyfriend, and Boone just wants to be left alone. A murder and appearance of a nemesis throw the two together, but the questions and plot races ahead. It was great to be back with Bree, Kade, and their friends, but I loved the depth of the suspense and the hope of romance. Deep issues must be confronted before a future is possible, but those internal scars are the kind that are hard to erase.

This book is perfect for those who love a tightly woven suspense that will keep you guessing just as the romance will keep you rooting for the past to be overcome so that a future can bloom.

Carrie Schmidt rated Beneath Coper Falls a 4 out of 5 stars
Fair warning: If you read this at night, sleep with the light on!!

Colleen Coble has long been one of my go-to authors for romantic suspense. Even pre-blog, y’all. And the Rock Harbor series is comfort food for me. Which sounds odd to say about thrillers but … there’s something about the Upper Peninsula community, its characters, and Coble’s writing style that have the same effect on me as my favorite brownies. I can’t ‘eat’ just one and I crave them on a regular basis.

So, imagine my delight when I found out Coble was giving us more books in the Rock Harbor series!

Beneath Copper Falls is chilling, packed with suspense and impossible to put down. An abusive ex-boyfriend, a controlling new boyfriend, a potential serial killer on the loose … and the potential that this is all one and the same person. Or three different people. Or FIVE different people. WE DON’T KNOW!! But we do know to keep looking over our shoulder through the whole book because crowbars smash windows and people get whacked on the head and the snow covers a lot of tracks!!!

Ahem. Apparently, I’m not quite recovered from this read yet.

Seriously edge-of-your-seat though. The suspects keep you guessing, and even once the real killer is figured out you still can’t put down the book because you aren’t 100% sure who is going to survive this one.

And in the midst of all the RUN FOR YOUR LIVES (ahem) suspense, there is a sweet romance with shades of Phantom of the Opera and Beauty & the Beast. Boone and Dana both have scars, some more visible than others, but in each other they find a kindred wounded soul. Their instant connection develops into a great friendship and eventually into something more romantic. This aspect of the plot gives us a bit of a break from the stalking and the killing but it also leaves us breathless for different reasons.

In Beneath Copper Falls, Coble addresses domestic abuse – and particularly how otherwise-strong women can be lured in by charisma and held captive by an abuser’s charming other side. These glimpses into both the abuser and the abused would make this novel a great choice for a book club discussion.

Bottom Line: Colleen Coble returns to Rock Harbor with a thrilling story, a swoony romance, and awesomely intelligent search and rescue DOGS. Some of the sentence structure messed with my reading speed for some reason, but you still won’t want to put this book down once you start. Boone and Dana are nice additions to the Rock Harbor community, and fans of the series will enjoy catching up with Bree, Kade, Lauri, Anu, and the rest of the familiar faces. But Beneath Copper Falls works well as a stand-alone too. Love the ‘Gwen Marcey’ cameo tucked away for fans of Carrie Stuart Parks’ novels too!

Kelly Bridgewater rated Beneath Coper Falls a 4 out of 5 stars
Colleen Coble is an avid writer of suspense and historical novels. Both genres are some of my favorite genres to read, so I'm drawn to Coble's writing in that way. I haven't read all her Rock Harbor series, but the number of them that I have read, I have enjoyed. With her newest installment of Beneath Copper Falls, I didn't feel disappointed.

As a romantic suspense novel, it fits nicely into the genre. From the first chapter, I'm running alongside Dana as she wants to escape Garret and his abusive attitude. While the concept of an abused woman running away from her dilemmas has been done a number of times, I did enjoy that Coble didn't glorify it or hide the truth. She showed the horrors and allowed me to feel bad for Dana as she ran for her life. The suspense was well-written, and I had a hard time putting it down.

The romance between Boone and Dana felt a little different. Both characters have to learn to look below the surface and learn to accept one another with their faults and learn to love each other. While the romance wasn't the focal point of the story, it did leave a nice sigh after watching the serial killer interact with the storyline.

For fans of the Rock Harbor series, they will be excited to see well-loved characters and see what they are up to. I enjoyed this story and am glad that I read it. Fans of Lynette Eason and Irene Hannon who haven't sampled Coble's writing might want to check this series out.

Kathleen (Kat) Smith rated Beneath Coper Falls a 5 out of 5 stars
Have you ever stayed up so late at night to finish a book? Perhaps even trying everything to keep your eye open including holding them open? Well that was my summary of how I spent last night as I began Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble. Just the first three pages had my interest and I knew I was in for an adrenaline rush before my night was over. And yes, even as midnight approached I knew I had to finish this one. I had to know what was going to happen, I mean who can nod off to sleep while your characters fate hung in the balance, not knowing if they were going to live or die?

Yup. Me again.

Dana Newell was married after thinking she had found the perfect guy. But as we all know, there is no such things as the perfect guy. When all the warning sounds are going off around you, but you still believe you were meant to be. I mean she meet Garret through her brother Chris, when attending one of his military parties. They were good friends. She loved how focused on her he was never looking away and making her feel like she was the only one in the room for him. After countless threats, beatings and fearing for her life, she knew she had to escape. So, she waited for her shift as a 911 operator to end, and she made her way back home to Washington, where her brother Chris was waiting for her. She knew he wouldn't let anything happen to her.

She even managed to score another job working as a 911 dispatcher and soon life would be perfect. She knew that Garret would know she went back to her hometown, but Dana felt that with so many people she knew looking out for her that she would be safe. At least until she began to see signs that Garret was back and he was going to make sure Dana would come home with him, even if it meant taking out those who stood in his way, one by one. She finds solace and comfort in Boone Carter, a former smoke jumper who was badly burned and found that true love doesn't exist. At least when his fiancée left him when she saw his face. Now he knows that no one can love him for who he really is, when all they can see is his scars. But even though Dana may not have visible scars, she still has them and soon her and Boone work together to ensure that Dana can defend herself if Garret gets too close. But will Boone become Garret's next target instead?

This was one of the best murder mysteries I have read because one I was engaged I never wanted to turn my back on the action jumping off of the pages. It was heart-stopping, page turning, and trying to convince my eyes to read faster so I could know how it turns out. I love the interactions between Dana and Boone and love their friendship! That so many of us focus on what we see in people without getting to truly know them, but it’s on the inside the counts so much more. As the years go by and we age, we better hope that what we loved about someone is more than just skin deep! I wanted so much more and now will take a trip to my local library or book store to get all the Rock Harbor series novels. Who knew I could love a genre as much as I did this one! 5 out of 5 stars for keeping me wide awake till I finished and wanting more.

Michelle Kidwell rated Beneath Coper Falls a 5 out of 5 stars
Dana Newell is a 9'11 dispatcher who takes pride in being calm in the most stressful of circumstances, because not only has she dealt with an emotionally charged career she also recent escaped an abusive ex-fiancé so she could move to tranquil Rock Harbor, a place she hoped would lead to a more peaceful tranquil life.

But Rock Harbor hides danger and more scars than it can reveal at once. Dana is drawn to Boone who wears the pain of his sister's murder on the inside and out.

Naomi O'Reily suffers a head injury and must be airlifted. She was hiding waiting for the authorities to find her but someone attacked her.

Garett Dana's ex-fiancé finds her in Rock Harbor. Soon it becomes obvious that Garett attacked Naomi.

Will Dana Newell ever truly feel safe again? Or will she continued to be haunted by her ex-fiancé? Will he finally be caught?

Marian Baay rated Beneath Coper Falls a 5 out of 5 stars
This latest novel in the Rock Harbor series rocks! Two stalkers – or is it the same guy? Well, Colleen certainly knows how to keep you guessing. I really enjoyed reading this mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages. The characters became my friends as they developed throughout the story – well, except for the bad guy, of course. I read this book during a heatwave and the cold, snowy landscape was refreshing! Great suspense. Recommended!

Kelly Tyree rated Beneath Coper Falls a 5 out of 5 stars
Beneath Copper Falls was an incredible book that was definitely Colleen Coble's style. It grips you from page one and pulls you further and further into the story the more you read.

Dana Newell is in a relationship with an abusive boyfriend. She leaves him and heads to the safety of her friends and her brother in Rock Harbor. She takes a job as a dispatcher there. While she is there, she decides to take some self-defense classes with her brother's friend, Boone. Both Boone and Dana have painful pasts that they are still trying to come to terms with. Boone's sister was killed by her fiancé. His cousin, Allyson is convinced her death was not accidental. The closer she gets to the investigation, the more frightened she becomes. The more Dana and Boone get to know one another, the more feelings begin to develop between them. With all of the pain and rejection both have suffered, they have lots to overcome to make a go of their relationship.

Dana's ex-boyfriend is also making threats to come and take her with him as well. When Dana and Boone become involved in the investigation of the death of Boone's sister, the more the clues point to Dana's ex. When the killer's identity is exposed, it was a surprise for sure. The ending was a huge twist but I loved it.

Beneath Copper Falls is full of action, suspense and romance. A perfect combination.

Tara Sheehan rated Beneath Coper Falls a 5 out of 5 stars
Colleen Coble has proven once again why she is Royalty in a big field of Christian Fiction with her forte of Romantic Suspense.

Beneath Copper Falls is an elegant and respectful look at the dangers of being in an abusive relationship. Particularly when the abuser is psychopathic enough to appear to everyone else but his victim that he’s an outstanding guy deserving of more than being labeled the villain. Unfortunately too often women end up with PTSD and/or other forms of trauma from being kept far too long in these relationships because they either don’t have access or feel like they don’t to an escape route which Coble has exemplified in her story.

Coble’s keen character development and empathy for the human condition comes pouring forth from her dialogue and how she sets up the personalities involved in her story.

If you’ve been a fan of her Rock Harbor series then many of the characters and settings will be familiar as Bree Matthews returns with her trusty search-and-rescue companion.

It’s an excellent book as Coble handled such a difficult issue with grace and respect. It’s also a reminder that people need to listen better and not assume that a great personality mixed with a gorgeous face makes someone automatically innocent – even the Devil has been described as the most beautiful of them all.