Edge of Dusk
Edge of Dusk by Colleen Coble is the first An Annie Pederson Novel. We travel to Rock Harbor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior. Annie was nine years old when the attack happened. Her younger sister, Laura wanted to see the loons. They snuck out at night and were on the dock when a man came up, attacked Annie, and kidnapped Laura. It has been twenty-four years since the terrible incident and there has never been a sign of Laura or her remains. Annie has never been able to let go of the guilt for her part in her sister’s disappearance. Annie lost her parents and husband in an accident two years prior leaving her to manage the Tremolo Resort and Marina and raise her daughter, Kylie. Annie is also a law enforcement ranger. Annie is down by the lake when she finds a body floating in it. It turns out to be a missing hiker. Annie is showing a cabin to a friend who wishes to purchase it when they discover two skeletons in a closet. All of this coincides with the return of Jon Dustan who Annie has not seen since they broke up nine years ago. As if Annie does not have enough on her plate, she notices that someone has been searching through her home. They made no attempt to hide their search. While investigating the attack on a camper, Annie is assaulted. Someone who wishes to keep the past hidden wants her to stop investigating. Annie works with Jon to uncover the truth.
Edge of Dusk is set in the same setting as Colleen Coble’s Rock Harbor series. I thought Edge of Dusk was well-written with realistic, developed characters. I did feel that Taylor Moore’s character needed more fleshing out. It is a suspenseful novel with plenty of action. I thought the author depicted the Upper Peninsula with her descriptive words. She also captured the atmosphere (the spookiness of the woods, the isolation of the camp, the depth of Lake Superior). I like the different storylines playing out in the book. The missing teen girls from nine years ago, hikers being found dead, someone in Annie’s home, and a camper being attacked. I enjoyed following the clues that would allow me to identify the killer (I love solving mysteries). There are twists and unexpected details that keep everything interesting. I like the action and suspenseful moments. There is romance as well as Annie and Jon are flung together. The feelings are still there between them (very evident). Of course, there is the added complication of Annie’s daughter, Kylie.
I was a little disappointed with the ending. It was incomplete and we must wait for Dark of Night for answers. There was repetition of details throughout the story (two examples are that it has been nine years since Annie saw Jon and that Annie married Jon’s best friend). There is one incident that I am surprised Annie did not figure out on her own or at least suspect. It seemed so obvious (I cannot say more because I do not want to spoil it for you). It will be interesting to see what happens next. We get to catch up with some of the key characters from the Rock Harbor series (Bree for example). Edge of Dusk is a compelling tale with a missing sister, a second chance romance, a precious puppy, a lethal killer, disturbing happenings, an adored daughter, and a fretful mother.
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