I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.In the Waning Light by Loreth Anne White
Published by Montlake Romance on November 3, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
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Two decades after her sister’s brutal attack and murder, Meg Brogan has finally found happiness…or so it appears. A bestselling true-crime writer, Meg has money, fame, and a wealthy fiancé. But when a television-show host presses her to tackle the one story everyone claims she cannot write—the story of her own family’s destruction—her perfect life shatters.
Determined to finally face her past, Meg returns to her hometown of Shelter Bay. Shrouded in cold, brooding fog, the close-knit coastal town harbors dark secrets and suspicious residents. One of the few people to welcome Meg back is Blake Sutton, her high-school sweetheart and the marina’s new owner. Desperate for clues, Meg digs through her family’s files. As Pacific storms brew outside, her passion for Blake reignites.
But someone doesn’t want Meg digging up the past. And that person will go to deadly lengths to prevent the writer from revealing a terrible truth.
True crime writer Meg Brogan decides to return to her childhood home in Shelter Bay, Oregon after an 18-year absence. She’s going to write the story of her sister Sherry’s murder to bring her own closed-off emotions to rest. However, rather than write about a case that was supposedly solved, Meg finds that she’s resurrecting more than her own emotions…possibly a case that was never truly solved.
This story effectively combined mystery, suspense, romance and atmosphere to create an extremely interesting tale. Meg is a complicated, layered woman who unknowingly disrupted many lives just by coming back to town. Her high school love, Blake Sutton, stirs up dormant feelings even she found surprising. Their quest for the truth surrounding her sister’s death was both uncomplicated and puzzling at the same time, which made it different from most fare in this genre.
I also loved the strong sense of place in the story setting. I could feel the weather as it was just as important an element as the characters and events. The descriptions of the town, its sounds and smells, were vivid images as I felt transported to the place. This is as much a lovely story as it is mysterious. I very much appreciate its difference.