USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks
I love Colleen Coble's Rock Harbor series, and was so happy that she cose to return there in "Cry in the Night". Bree Matthews and Samson feel like friends, and I welcomed another chance to journey with them in a brand-new mystery.
While Bree searches for missing babies, an ominous stranger returns to Rock Harbor and threatens to turn Bree's world upside-down.
Fast-paced and well crafted, Colleen has created another pleasing mystery that her readers turning pages quickly, hungry for more! I stayed up way too late at night having to get 'just one more chapter' in before bed!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Rock SolidFeb. 11 2009
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This page-turner is a suspense-filled story right from the beginning with an abandoned baby in peril of freezing to death in the harsh Michigan winter. It's a book that I did not want to put down, and therefore, I read it over the space of a 24-hour period. The characters were familiar to me as I had read an earlier Rock Harbor mystery, but even if this is your first Colleen Coble novel, the characters will seem like family before too many pages. The people of the small Michigan town are easy to know.
What a complex turn of events Bree has to face! After grieving for her first husband, who died in a plane crash, Bree is happily married for the second time, when husband number one reappears. Is he a ghost or a windigo as some claim? What connection is there to the missing babies? Was a woman murdered, or was it an unfortunate accident?
Interwoven is the continuing story of Samson, a search and rescue dog. If you enjoy suspense, this one's for you.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A believable place to which readers can escapeMarch 4 2009
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Colleen Coble's fourth book in her Rock Harbor series brings us everything from embezzlement to black market babies and murder. Set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the shores of Lake Superior, CRY IN THE NIGHT flows like a swift river as it carries the reader on a journey of interesting relationships, criminal activity and faith-based heroics.
Bree Mathews, mother of eight-year old Davy, is part of the local search and rescue team. While looking for a missing social worker, Bree and her dog Samson discover an infant bundled under blankets in the snow-covered woods. Although there have been a couple of reports of missing babies from the nearby Ojibwa Indian reservation, none match the description of the baby she calls Olivia. As she cares for the mystery infant, Bree wonders if this is God's answer to her prayers for a second child.
Shortly after Olivia is found, Bree and her team find the remains of the missing social worker. The two discoveries set off an action-packed series of events during which locals report eerie screams coming from the woods, and Davy says he saw a mythical creature, known as a windigo, bury a baby in the snow. Bree fears her son may still be mourning the loss of his father, who died four years ago in a plane crash. Davy insists the windigo looked just like his daddy. Bree had grieved long and hard over the death of her husband but found she could love again. Her second husband, Kade, is a good man who shares her faith and deeply loves her and Davy. The family they have formed is precious to Bree, so why does she, too, begin catching glimpses of someone who looks like Rob --- someone with the same smile and scent of pipe tobacco? Could Rob be alive? And if so, what would be the ramifications to her marriage...and her life?
Twists and turns combine with interesting subplots to keep the reader wanting more and provide a nice level of unpredictability. Coble's characters are real people, full of passion, doubts, insecurities, strengths, faith and plenty of love. However, there are times when keeping track of all the names and relationships can be a challenge. This problem diminishes as the story progresses. It all comes wrapped up nicely in an edge-of-your seat conclusion that keeps the reader flipping pages at a quickening pace.
The marriage of Coble's research and talent for imagery make CRY IN THE NIGHT and her numerous other novels believable places to which readers can escape. The fictional town of Rock Harbor, with its endless woods and lakeshore setting, offers a taste of a quaint Finnish-American town. Rock Harbor's locals reside side-by-side with the Ojibwa Indians --- a nice multicultural background for what is already an intriguing story. Coble peppers her chapters with the scent of fresh-baked pulla at the bakery, a fun winter festival, ice volcanoes and ethnic foods conducive to the setting. From the Ojibwas we get the mystical windigo, which many residents, Finnish and Indian alike, believe responsible for the murders and kidnappings central to the story's theme.
CRY IN THE NIGHT follows three previous novels in the Rock Harbor series: WITHOUT A TRACE, BEYOND A DOUBT and INTO THE DEEP. Coble fans can look forward to her next book, LONESTAR SECRETS, coming out in July.
--- Reviewed by Susan Miura
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Suspensefilled Return to Rock HarborFeb. 3 2009
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With her latest book, Colleen Coble takes her readers back to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and into Bree Nichols Matthew's life. If you've read the earlier books, then you will be thrilled to walk the streets of Rock Harbor, wave at the friendly faces you remember, and hunker down for another page-turning suspense. If this is your first venture to the area, you'll soon find yourself engrossed in the tale of all that is happening to Bree, her search and rescue dog Samson, and her son Davy. You may decide after the read -- since you won't need it during the book -- that you'd like to find out more about Bree and go back for the earlier adventures.
In Cry in the Night, Bree is confronted with her worst nightmare. She's found an abandoned infant in the frozen wilderness and has welcomed the baby girl into her home -- and heart -- even as Kade cautions her to be careful. Then as she hunts for the baby's mother, the clues keep pointing to her first husband's mysterious plane crash. The more she picks away at the puzzle, the more she wonders if the very fibers of her life -- and love -- will be swept away.
I kept waiting for a thread to unravel taking a large part of the story with it, but instead, the fibers of the story pulled tighter and tighter until they seemed to pull a taunt noose around Bree. And even though Bree is happily married, the romance will satisfy those of you who refuse to read a story that does not have a strong romantic thread.
This is another great offering from Colleen Coble. If you like suspense with a strong romantic thread, you will enjoy this book!
Colleen Coble in her new book "Cry In The Night" Book Four in the Rock Harbor series published by Thomas Nelson gives us another adventure with Bree Matthews and Samson, her search-and-rescue dog.
From the back cover: Bree and Samson discover a crying infant in the snowy Rock Harbor forest. But where are the baby's parents? And how did she get there?
A mysterious sound leads search-and-rescue worker Bree Matthews and her dog Samson to an abandoned baby in the woods outside Rock Harbor, Michigan. Bree takes the baby girl in and begins to search for the mother--presumably the woman reported missing just days earlier.
While teams scour the wintery forests, Bree ferrets out clues about the woman. Where is she and why did she leave the child behind? And how does that connect to Bree's first husband's mysterious death years ago in the Upper Peninsula? Everything Bree thought she knew about her life changes with the sound of a cry in the night.
A roller-coaster ride thriller that has danger, suspense, mystery "Cry In The Night" has it all. Colleen Coble knows exactly how to bring all of that to the story and more. Bree Matthews and Samson, her specially trained dog, are a K-9 search and rescue team in the rugged wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The minute I hear search-and-rescue I immediately feel the immediacy of the moment. Someone is missing, there is trouble involved and there is no time to waste. There is an abandoned baby, a missing woman who might be the baby's mother, a baby-smuggling operation and, Rob, Bree's first husband might not be dead after all. There are surprising twists and turns throughout the book. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you flipping pages to keep up with the story. Ms. Coble has done an outstanding job. I am so looking forward to more stories with Bree Matthews at Rock Harbor.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Return to Rock HarborFeb. 10 2009
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"Alas poor Bree" is what you will utter while you read this book! We're taken back to the familiar setting of Rock Harbor where we get to meet up with old friends again. I always like it when authors go back to their older series and give the reader another book to catch up again with everyone. This series is a favorite of mine as I love reading about the adventures of Bree and her wonderdog Samson. It was great to visit the area again and I enjoyed seeing all the characters interact and come to life. This book had the best mystery story of the series and the most personal. I honestly do not know what I would have done in Bree's situation. I would have been as shocked as she was. I'm glad though she has Kade, as he is the perfect and the right man for her and David. It was also good to see what Laurie was up to and see her true feelings about the child she gave up for adoption. This book incorporated several issues such as baby buying, ethics issues, and spiritual legends. It's all wrapped up in a suspense story that tells us that we need to trust in God no matter what happens. The book does stand alone so if you haven't read any of the Rock Harbor series before, you won't be totally lost. However to get the full impact of the story, the other 3 books should be read. Hopefully this isn't the last we'll see of Bree, Kade and Samson. I feel like there's more of their stories just waiting to be told!