A plane crashing into the ocean sets the pace for this energetic story. The cast of characters try to solve an ancient mystery in order to point them to the person responsible for the crash and more than one other murder.
I really loved the main character, Bailey. She comes with lots of baggage, returning to the small town where she earned her reputation, to take care of her aunt’s affairs after her aunt’s untimely accident. Even though she has turned to Jesus and changed her life, she can’t let go of the shame of her past.
An old flame, Cole, is waiting in Alaska. Bailey is ashamed to see him and all the others that remember the girl she was, but the death of her aunt throws them together.
The storyline is unique, involving a Russian bloodline and historic artifacts. Set in Alaska, the main characters do a lot of deep-water diving in search of these artifacts. This made for a fun—though not accurate—story setting.
Cole has three siblings who interact with him through much of the book. Unfortunately, there is not much development of these characters, but I suspect they will be explored more in the other books of the series. In some scenes, they seemed like set extras, adding unnecessary busyness to the dialog. There are a couple of other places in the book where too many characters interrupt the pace, but only briefly.
This is Christian fiction, and so is sprinkled with Scripture and mentions of Jesus, but in just the right amount to not be preachy.
This story held my interest and the mystery was well thought out, tying up nicely in the end. Overall, a good read.