River's Edge is book three in Terri Blackstock's popular Cape Refuge series. The other books are Cape Refuge (#1), Southern Storm (#2), and Breaker's Reef (#4). Cape Refuge is a classic Blackstock mystery series that's now being repackaged with new, updated covers. The book description reads:
"The man Lisa Jackson loved most may have betrayed her. Another used deception to manipulate her. But did one of them kill her? Ben Jackson is sure to defeat Jonathan Cleary in Cape Refuge’s mayoral race, until his wife turns up missing the day before a major debate. Suspecting foul play, Police Chief Cade launches an island-wide search. But it takes a psychic’s “vision” to point police to the riverside—and Lisa’s body. The evidence implicating Ben in his wife’s murder is convincing. But as a local scandal escalates into a national media circus, Cade’s instincts tell him to dig deeper. And he’s not the only one. Blair Owens of the Cape Refuge Journal is using her investigative skills to uncover a rat’s nest of dirty secrets—and more than one person with a motive for murder. But Blair’s methods are jeopardizing her relationship with Cade, and an unsolicited prediction from the psychic only adds to her troubles. Is the man’s so-called gift truly from God, as he claims? Did Lisa’s murder have anything to do with the mayoral race, her husband’s alleged affair, or her decade-long struggle with infertility? Whoever the killer is, he’s about to take his evasion of justice to the next, lethal level. And someone else is going to die."
I loved this book. It's fast-paced and exciting, without being overly graphic. It's the perfect blend of suspense, mystery and Christian values. I love how Terri can write a great mystery while weaving in Christian beliefs and values. A word of caution, though: I highly recommend reading books one and two before reading this installment. These books are definitely not meant to be stand-alone novels in my opinion. They all build on each other and carry over the storyline from the previous book. Definitely pick up the first two books before reading this one! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good Christian suspense book. You won't be disappointed!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.