“Shadows on the Sand” by Gayle Roper is set in the small resort community of Seaside, New Jersey. Our hero, Greg Barnes, is an ex-cop who has gone through a traumatic three years since his family was brutally killed. Our heroine, Carrie Carter, runs the local café and has issues involving her own past to work through. When one of Carrie’s dishwashers is killed, the two work together to save another employee and solve the crime.
Greg, Carrie, and the other main characters have some of the best-drawn, in-depth characterizations that I’ve read in a long time. These are three-dimensional people with problems and emotions that I can relate to. Nothing is simple in their world, but they come together to help each other cope with their problems and grow in faith.
This novel has the subtitle “A Seaside Mystery”. I’m not sure if this book is a romantic
mystery or a contemporary romance with mysterious twists, but regardless of which genre you prefer, this book is a quick, enjoyable read. Don’t start it before bedtime, or you may be up all night reading.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.