Fractured Lives by Sue Coletta
If you like fast-paced thrillers with strong heroes and truly disturbing villains, this is a story you won’t want to miss.
Three couples, the perfect Maine vacation, and a fateful night that lands one of the women in mortal danger.
Couples are going missing in Sunset Cove at Long Lake, and the authorities seem more concerned with not tarnishing the reputation of their popular tourist destination. Until … while out for a spin on her wave runner, Shawnee Daniels pulls alongside a deserted canoe.
Blood stains the seat.
When retired SEAL Brandon “Boomer” Rayne wakes to an empty bed—his bride-to-be Daphne nowhere inside their rented cabin—he enlists the help of the only people he’s met in the state: the couple next door, Shawnee Daniels and Revere, Massachusetts Detective Levaughn Samuels.
Uncertainty bonds the two neighbors, forced together by tragedy. Their predicament turns even deadlier when the half-nude body of a female washes ashore. No obvious signs of homicide exist. How did she die? Does her death relate to Daphne’s disappearance?
Time’s running out.
Can they piece together the mystery to find Boomer’s fiancé? Or will an elusive serial killer determine their fate?
About Sue Coletta:
Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is an award-winning, multi-published author in numerous anthologies and her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly. In addition to her popular crime resource blog, Sue co-hosts the radio show “Partners In Crime” on Writestream Radio Network every third Tuesday of the month from 1 – 3 p.m. EDT/EST (see details at www.suecoletta.com). She’s also the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science, and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.
2017 Award-winner of Feedspot’s Top 50 Crime Blogs (Murder Blog sits at #6), she shares crime tips, police jargon, the mind of serial killers, and anything and everything in between. If you search her archives, you’ll find posts from guests that work in law enforcement, forensics, coroner, undercover operatives, firearm experts…crime, crime, and more crime.
For readers, she has the Crime Lover’s Lounge, where subscribers will be the first to know about free giveaways, contests, and have inside access to deleted scenes. As an added bonus, members get to play in the lounge. Your secret code will unlock the virtual door. Inside, like-minded folks discuss their favorite crime novels, solve mindbender and mystery puzzles, and/or relax and chat. Most importantly, everyone has a lot of fun.
Sue lives in northern New Hampshire with her husband, where her house is surrounded by wildlife…bear, moose, deer, even mountain lions have been spotted. Course, Sue would love to snuggle with them, but her husband frowns on the idea.
Review by Writestar:
Sue Coletta has done it again. Or should I say, Shawnee Daniels has? In this crossover novella between Elle James’s Brotherhood Protectors story world and Coletta’s Mayhem series, wild and wonderful Shawnee Daniels sees the softer side of life—the side where family bonds mean everything and even tough former military men can breakdown under the agony of loss.
Coletta crafts unique characters and descriptive, horrific plots and manages to weave them together into must-read treasures. Fractured Lives is no exception. Once again, the heroine is an enticing blend of stalwart law enforcer and edgy Robin Hood-esque vigilante. This time, she puts her powers to good use as she and her devoted boyfriend, Detective Levaughn Samuels, help their neighbor find his missing fiancée, and in the process, they uncover and solve a series of serial abductions and murders.
Of special note is the villain. Coletta outdid herself when she created this character. At once sympathetic, chilling, and downright terrifying, this villain is one you won’t soon forget.
The best part of crossover work is that you get not one set of fabulous characters, but two. And this novella did a bang-up job of merging both worlds. If you like fast-paced thrillers with strong heroes and truly disturbing villains, this is a story you won’t want to miss.