Title: The Off Season
Winter winds off the Atlantic have turned the tourist mecca of Seaside Creek, New Jersey, into a ghost town. Dr. Christina Paxton, however, is growing accustomed to living with ghosts. Recently widowed, the emergency room physician has returned to the shore with her young daughter, house-sitting a sprawling beachside Victorian home. One night, her two-year-old calls her by a name that makes Christina’s blood run cold and sends her thoughts spiraling back thirty years.
Deeply unnerved, and certain someone else is in the house, she flees with her child into the cold night, only to come face-to-face with Chief Harris Bowers, a former classmate with whom Christina has a complicated history. Now divorced, Harris hopes to mend their past, but Christina is wary of being played for a fool again. As threats emerge, Christina and her small family find themselves in grave danger. It seems there is no one she can put her trust in—least of all herself
Author: Colleen Thompson
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Suspense
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The Off Season is a romantic suspense that I really enjoyed. It has everything that is making that type of story enjoyable: a lot of twists and turn that kept us guessing until the very end. It was my first book by Colleen Thompson and I will be on the lookout for her other books.
Storywise it is almost perfect. The only thing that bugged me is the ending. It has a lot of different things going on and I can’t shake the feeling that it might have been a little far-fetched. This being said, it does not compromise the quality of the story at all, it is only a little something that I needed to get out of my chest! When a story is set in an old Victorian home in New England, it can’t go wrong. Here is a brief summary of the story: Christina Paxton decided to move back to her hometown after her husband died from a heart attack. As soon as she is settling into her renting property, strange things are happening and Christina is worrying about her daughter (Lily) security. Harris is an ex “lover” of Christina and he is working in the local police force. He never totally got over her (and the way he treated her). He vowed to keep Christina and Lily safe and is ready to do whatever needs to be done.
When I am rating a book, the characters are more important to me than the story as a whole. It could the best story that was ever written, but if I don’t have any connexion with the characters, it will fell flat. Having said that, I was totally charmed by Harris and by the supporting cast of characters (Annie, Lily, Max (The dog) and Aleksandra Zarzycki). When it comes to the other main character, Christina, I had a couple of issues with it. Maybe it is the fact that she is very cerebral and that comes across as her being cold. She is a very complex character (psychologically speaking), which means that she was still an interesting one. I was not able to make any real emotional connection to her. Her character development is well done and it did not hurt the book in the long run.
As I said before, I really like Harris character. Even though he was a little shady when he was younger, he changed for the better. He is known as a local hero. When we say that sometimes people can change for the better it is exactly what happened with Harris. I was charmed by his no-nonsense attitude and his generosity. When we are struggling we can choose to use them to be more powerful or become a victim. He chose the first one and he is on a mission to prove that he definitely has become a man that he can be proud of.
This is a great book with interesting characters and a great plot. I can bet that you won’t be disappointed if you choose to read it.