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Sarah Collins needs an escape. Mourning her brother’s death and the impending breakup of her marriage, she accepts an invitation to return to her childhood home in South Carolina, where her family operated an inn. 

She hasn’t been back to Sea Scope for 20 years: not since she and her brother Glen discovered a body by the nearby lighthouse. She never understood why her parents left Sea Scope so suddenly, or the reasons behind her father's suicide. 

After Sarah returns to the inn, she faces long-buried memories, text messages, and strange clues. Something is not right in Sea Scope. 

Reunited with people from her past, she tries to figure out what's going on in her childhood home. As the past and present collide, she must face truths about her family, and what happened that summer day by the lighthouse. But will she survive to tell the tale?

©2019 Debbie De Louise (P)2019 Debbie De Louise

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  • Madam Pince (Book Review Gal)
  • 01-01-20

Difficult Story

This is a well-written novel, but difficult for me to stomach. Family secrets tend toward the sordid.

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  • Clau
  • 14-09-19

An excellent thriller

I really, really liked the structure of this story: the different time-lines, the little asides with fun facts about lighthouses... it worked perfectly for me.

I enjoyed the way the story develops, how our perceptions about the characters keep changing as we learn more about them, how things that seemed to be facts weren't.

The narration by Robin Brodowsky is good, easy to follow, but it's a bit plain, lacking emotional play.