There Are Plenty of ‘Secrets at Cedar Cabin’ in Colleen Coble’s Latest Novel [REVIEW]


Fleeing for her life, a young woman makes her way to Lavender Tides to uncover Secrets at Cedar Cabin. (Photo by Rick Gordon, Flickr)

In the third installment of Colleen Coble’s Lavender Tides series, a young woman is on the run but doesn’t know why. All she does know is that her mother was murdered, and now someone wants her dead too. With only one place to go, she leaves Michigan behind and starts a new life in a remote cabin in coastal Washington. But with so many questions spinning in her mind, will she find the answers she seeks before a killer discovers her whereabouts? Find out in Secrets at Cedar Cabin. 


Thomas Nelson

Bailey Fleming loves her job working with the elderly. She has a knack for it, and her patients love her. When the man she marries winds up having a secret life that shatters her dreams, her job is one of the last things she has to hold onto… at least until her mother is executed and she finds herself holding a stack of cash and reading a mysterious letter that has her dodging bullets and racing across the country toward the only sanctuary she knows.

Meanwhile, FBI agent Lance Phoenix is determined to find his sister, Ava. She’s been missing for years, and yet he’s never let go of the hope in his heart that one day he will track down her captors and find her in one piece. But every time he gets close to the human trafficking ring that abducted her, the suspects disappear like smoke, and suddenly he’s back at square one.

Then an unexpected lead takes Lance to Lavender Tides where he meets Bailey, whose inexplicably mysterious past has a tenuous connection to his sister’s case. Now they must work together to find answers they both seek, even if Lance doesn’t fully buy into Bailey’s story. Will they be able to set aside their reservations and trust one another enough to crack the case once and for all? Find out in Coble’s beguiling new thriller

Secrets at Cedar Cabin is enthralling from the first page to the last. Steeped in deception, it makes us doubt everything, and we wonder if anything or anyone in this novel is what it actually seems. Coble does a marvelous job of this by introducing us to characters we instantly connect with, who are kind and sympathetic, and who basically seem to have rotten luck in life and in love. For example, Bailey doesn’t even know who she really is. Her mother has lied to her. Her husband hoodwinked her. And she has siblings she knows nothing about. As for Lance, he’s a valiant hero and eternal optimist whose victory always seems just out of reach. We quickly find ourselves cheering on both of them, hoping they get the resolution they both deserve, even if we wonder how Coble can possibly untangle the web of lies they have been unwittingly caught in for years.

If you’ve never read a Coble novel before, you’re in for a treat. It’s a suspenseful yet clean read which I would never hesitate to recommend. Similar to beloved authors like Mary Higgins Clark and Phyllis A. Whitney, Coble writes much of the violence “off-screen,” so we know it happens but it doesn’t get bogged down in gritty details. Also like both of those authors, she uses the setting in a way that elevates suspense and captures our imaginations. Thus it’s no wonder she has won numerous awards for her work, and it won’t be surprising if Secrets at Cedar Cabin earns her further accolades. This is a book you’ll turn off the phone to read, because with suspense this good, you don’t want any interruptions.

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Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble


Colleen Coble is best known for her coastal suspense novels and is the USA Today bestselling author of The Inn at Ocean’s EdgeTwilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. In all, she has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail.

Her novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best.

Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Indiana with her husband Dave.

Visit Colleen at her home on the Web at, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

By Colleen Coble
352 pp. Thomas Nelson. $16.99

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About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

3 Responses to There Are Plenty of ‘Secrets at Cedar Cabin’ in Colleen Coble’s Latest Novel [REVIEW]

  1. Sara Strand says:

    I just bought this one based on the reviews and I’m excited to read it since I’ve really enjoyed her previous book. I love the comparison to Mary Higgins Clark, she’s an early favorite of mine. Thanks for being on the tour!

    Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  2. Pingback: Colleen Coble, author of SECRETS AT CEDAR CABIN, on tour January/February 2019 | TLC Book Tours

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