by Colleen Coble

July 2007
ISBN: 978-1-5955-4141-3
Reviewer Graphic Button WestBow Press

Elena doesn’t remember anything. All she knows is that she’s fleeing for her life, and she’s been hurt. She doesn’t even know who the child is that’s riding in the backseat of her car. She finds a necklace with the name Elena printed on it, and she believes this is her real name. The child tells calls her mama, and tells her that her name is Terri.

Nick Andreakos is irritated with his soon-to-be ex-wife, Eve. He’s supposed to have visitation with his daughter, Keri, but Eve isn’t answering her phone. When he arrives at Eve’s house, there has been an attack there, with blood stains all over. Eve and Keri are missing. A body is found at a geocaching site and is presumed to be Eve. There have been several recent murders with the same m.o. and the murderer, Gideon, seems to be a missionary killer.

A body is found near Elena’s hiding place, when she and her new friend, Bree, go geocaching. Even though Elena has no idea how this might affect her, the discovery terrifies her and she’s certain that her attacker has found her. When she grabs Terri to flee, the phone rings and she’s warned not to run, or her daughter would be killed. How can Elena protect herself against this unknown attacker, when she isn’t even certain who she is herself?

Abomination is a great new suspense by prolific writer Colleen Coble. Set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, it allows you to reconnect with old friends from the Rock Harbor series. I was kept at the edge of my seat, and had to keep reading to find out what would happen next. Abomination grabbed my interested at the beginning and wouldn’t let go.

Elena is a realistic character and I cared for her early on, though I began to wonder what she might have done to have this missionary killer after her. I hoped she’d discover her real identity and would be able to escape the person after her. Nick also is realistic, and I grew to care about him and his struggles.

I found it interesting that Ms. Coble used geocaching in this book, although the way it was used is frightening. Geocaching fans will never look at geocaching in the same way again. I truly enjoyed Abomination.

Reviewed in August 2007 by Laura.

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