The Coffins: A Roanoke Island Suspense Novel

Deborah Dunn. Five Rivers, $14.99 trade paper (340p) ISBN 978-1-5454-8723-5
Andrea Warren, the highly resourceful heroine of Dunn’s layered mystery, moves back home with her mother in North Carolina after a whistle-blowing scandal forces her to give up her aspirations of being an archeologist and her engagement goes up in smoke. With few plans and little to lose, she indulges her interest in the area’s history and begins in earnest to learn more about her father, who was of Native American descent and, allegedly, committed suicide when Andrea was a child. Andrea’s late mother once revealed that she kept a trunk full of her husband’s possessions that she has never had the emotional strength to open. Upon going through its contents, Andrea learns of her family’s connection to the lost colony of Roanoke Island and becomes increasingly aware of the uncanny powers she has inherited. Paranormal elements and chapters told from the perspectives of Andrea’s ancestors do little to enhance the story, and the denouement slips into a tone of grandiloquence. Still, readers who relish unsolved historical mysteries will enjoy the sense of uncovering the secrets of the past. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 09/18/2017
Release date: 04/01/2017
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 340 pages - 978-0-692-91538-7
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