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‘Coffin Cove’ by Jackie Elliott

COFFIN COVE a gripping murder mystery full of twists (Coffin Cove Mysteries Book 1) by [JACKIE ELLIOTT]

Synopsis

A new life.

A new town.

A dead body.

Andrea “Andi” Silvers needs a fresh start. Once a star reporter, she’s been dumped by her lover and by the paper they both worked at.

Andi moves to the tiny fishing village of Coffin Cove, on the Vancouver coast, where she lands a job at the local Gazette. Expecting bake sales and unpaid parking tickets to be the biggest news items, she quickly discovers the small town holds dark secrets.

Two sea lions wash up on the shore. They’ve been shot dead. Activists point the finger at local fishermen. Then things get far worse . . .

A dead body turns up.

How does it all relate to a fifteen-year-old girl’s tragic death twenty years ago? The girl was found drowned with her arms and legs tied together.

The deeper Andi digs, the more dirt she finds.

My Review

If there’s one thing that I like doing it’s discovering new authors.  Jackie Elliott is certainly a new author for me.  ‘Coffin Cove’ is the first in a new series and what a book it is too.  I really enjoyed reading ‘Coffin Cove’ but more about that in a bit.

It took me no time at all to get into this story.  In fact by the time I got to the end of the first page or so, I knew that I find it increasingly difficult to put the boo down for any length of time.  The characters intrigued me and the area interested me, so I had to keep reading to see if my suspicions as to what was going to happen were along the right lines or if I had the wrong end of the stick entirely.  This wasn’t a book that I could read over the course of a single day as life got in the way but I would use any spare time I had to read some more of this book.

‘Coffin Cove’ is really well written.  The author certainly knows how to grab your attention and draw you into the story.  Jackie uses such vivid and realistic descriptions that I felt as though I knew Coffin Cove without actually visiting the area.  Reading this book was like being on an at times scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way.  ‘Coffin Cove’ starts off slowly but soon gathers momentum.  I felt as though I was part of the story and that’s thanks to Jackie’s very vivid and realistic storytelling.  I found ‘Coffin Cove’ to be a gripping read, which kept my interest throughout and kept me guessing.

In short, I really enjoyed reading ‘Coffin Cove’ and I would recommend it to other readers.  I will be reading more of Jackie’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.

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