With a haunting setting and a captivating cast of characters, Anderson has crafted a multifaceted mystery rife with secrets. Readers will have to focus, as red herrings abound, but the result is a compulsively engrossing page-turner. Plus, the romance is an integral part of the expertly woven plot, which builds to an emotional, satisfying conclusion.
Sergeant Holly Rudd arrives in the Pacific coast town of Bamfield to investigate a corpse found in an underwater shipwreck, but swiftly realizes there are far more secrets to unearth. The town is haunted by a vicious murder that occurred some 30 years earlier — and Holly is startled to learn that she bears an eerie resemblance to the victim. Then there is Finn Carver, former Special Forces diver, whose stoic façade hides a past full of pain and violence. In spite of the potential consequences, Finn and Holly cannot avoid their fierce attraction, but as past and present collide in another murder, it’s all too clear they must risk everything to unearth the shocking secrets of Bamfield and their own pasts. (MONTLAKE, Nov., 345 pp., $12.95)