Ana Deschanel has made a terrible mistake. The only chance of protecting the other people involved is to flee New Orleans, the only home she has ever known, for the quiet solitude of Summer Island.
Summer Island, Maine (population 202) is not the tranquil escape Ana imagined. The locals are distant and cold, especially her neighbor, the reclusive veterinarian Jonathan St. Andrews. Her only lifeline is the kind but odd caretaker Alex Whitman. Showing up at all the right moments, he warns her she is completely unprepared for a Maine winter. As the first winter storm approaches to whispers of an island shutdown- Ana realizes that she may soon be cut off from the rest of the world.
After a surprising encounter with Jonathan’s brother, Finn, Ana finds herself braving the storm to return something to him. Unprepared for the Maine storm, she slips and falls onto the jagged rocks along the shore. The St. Andrews brothers find her in the nick of time, but she remains unconscious. As the storm worsens, the St. Andrews brothers learn there are other, more sinister forces at work closer than they ever imagined.
With no help from the outside world, they must find a way to protect themselves from both the storm, and the growing darkness that looms across the island. – Goodreads.com
First, I have to comment on the cover of this book – it’s gorgeous and the imagery is an excellent portrayal of the story. I was initially drawn in by the premise of this book – haven’t we all, at one point or another, imagined living on a quiet island, away from the stress of everyday life? Second, although I haven’t read the first book in this series, St. Charles at Dusk, I had no problem diving into this book and understanding what was going on.
The author does such an amazing job of letting the reader get to know the characters, they seemed almost real to me. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between the brothers, Jon and Finn, and how they were so understanding and protective of each other despite their polar opposite personalities. Nicolas was another favorite – everyone should have a friend who is supportive, yet will call you on your bullshit when needed.
The pacing was perfect and kept me in suspense and I thought the revolving points of view between chapters gave a broader perspective of the events in the story. Most of the characters had secrets that were gradually revealed over the course of the book and that also kept me turning the pages.
The writing was tight and descriptive and I didn’t feel like anything could have been cut. I enjoyed the suspense, hint of supernatural, and yes, even the romance (who wouldn’t enjoy all the good-looking guys described in this book?). I’m anxious to see where the story goes from here.
I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.