Best-selling author Maddy Fitch, researching material for a new novel, returns to her hometown of Harbour Falls to investigate a disappearance that has haunted the tiny Maine coastal town for the past four years. Maddy soon discovers that the case has gone cold, but the prime suspect, Adam Ward, is hotter than ever. Now living on an isolated island, Maddy takes up residence near the sexy Mr. Ward’s home. As she begins to seek out answers, the mystery deepens, putting Maddy in jeopardy.
Lies, secrets, deceptions. Nothing is ever what it seems in Harbour Falls.
A steamy novel that immerses the reader in an intricate storyline that will keep them glued till the very last page.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Going home can be very hard to do but Maddy Fitch is willing to suck it up if it means getting the research done for her next book. As a mystery author, Maddy thrives on crime and whodunits and it is high time she delves deeper into the greatest mystery her home town has ever known, the disappearance of Chelsea Hannigan. To make the story even more interesting, Chelsea disappeared the night before her wedding and the prime suspect for years was her fiancé, Adam Ward.
Adam Ward is a virtual recluse living out on Fade Island. He keeps to himself, runs his business and works tirelessly to keep people out of his life and his business. For the most part, most people steer clear of Adam and that is how everyone likes it. Adam is surrounded by a few close and trusted friends and when Maddy Fitch returns to Harbour Falls and moves in on Fade Island, she is also allowed into the fold. Maddy intends her research into Adam and his disappearing fiancé to remain a secret but not much escapes Adam Ward. In what becomes a series of lies and discoveries laced with sexual tension, Maddy begins her research and what she discovers is more convoluted and confusing than she ever could have imagined.
With each new discovery and/or lead Maddy gets in deeper and deeper into a mess that she never could have conceived of. Chelsea Hannigan’s disappearance is wrapped up in so many people’s lives and actions that Maddy’s head is swimming with too many questions and not nearly enough answers. As Maddy’s investigation gets more complicated so does her relationship with Adam. When she is forced to or found out, Maddy discusses her investigation with Adam which often leads to a heated discussion, accusations and, ultimately a few more answers. The push and pull between Maddy and Adam is often full of desperation and confusion that gets tempered with pacification and no small amount of passion. Adam begs Maddy to discontinue her investigation, not for his own sake (he says) but for hers. Adam’s fiancé was a troubled individual and as Maddy continues to uncover new evidence, not a nice person at all. In fact, Chelsea was a seriously wretched human and her disappearance actually bettered nearly everyone’s life who knew her. The only thing left for Maddy decide is whether she believes Adam and just how much of Chelsea’s story she is going to tell.
The Bottom Line: Harbour Falls is an interesting start to this series and with exception of Maddy, is filled with an intriguing mix of characters. My dislike of Maddy lies in repeated acts of stupidity and habit of concealing things from her friends and lover. Maddy wants openness, honesty and, the truth but she is constantly acting in a way that contradicts what she wants. With that being said, the rest of the cast and crew of Harbour Falls is all kinds of fascinating: Adam is sexy and mysterious, Helena and Nate are kind and giving (though hiding some secrets of their own!), Adam’s sister is feisty and opinionated and, the crazy ones, well, you’ll just have to check them out for yourself. In all, the mystery is not too intense but still good, the vast majority of the characters are entertaining and fully developed and the ending is just the right amount of cliffhangerish to keep me coming back for more.
About the author and where to find her:
S.R. Grey is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble Top 100 bestselling author. Harbour Falls, Willow Point, and Wickingham Way are novels in the completed Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy. She is also the author of New Adult novels I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not #1) and Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2). Ms. Grey’s novels have appeared on Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists in multiple categories. New novels slated for publication in 2014 are Inevitable Detour, a New Adult novel with a Romantic Suspense edge, as well as Just Let Me Love You (Judge Me Not #3). Ms. Grey resides in western Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, as well as an MBA. Her background may be in business, but her true passion lies in writing. When not writing, Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, or cheering for her hometown sports teams.