Description

His boat came in, but Denise Martine’s husband, Charles, wasn’t on it. Almost a year later, with his death still a mystery, Denise retreats to their vacation home on Kiawah Island to begin to sort out his affairs and her feelings amongst a group of her friends, only to be confronted with the mystery he left behind. Although she must go on, Denise feels as if something is not quite right with her husband's mysterious disappearance. Her suspicions are compounded as an old flame from college, Trent, shows up and begins to poke around in what Denise considers to be a very private matter.

Published: July 25, 2022  Publisher: Clever Vixen Media, LLC  Pages: 254 Genre: AA Mystery/Thriller

Review

This was my first read by the author and I was not disappointed. The author fused descriptive imagery to set the tone and to create the world of Kiawah Island and then layered in complex characters whose movements were shrouded in mystery. 

The story  opens with our protagonist Denise Martine returning to the cove to sort out her missing husband's estate and her own feelings add to that an ex who may or may not be a welcomed sight. I loved the bit of history that was a part of the story i.e. "the island was both protected and haunted by the spirits of slaves...". I enjoyed seeing Denise interact with the friends and residents of the island and uncovering her relationship and Denise's with the island and residents alike. The story moved at a moderate pace allowing Foxx to build on the mystery and suspense of  "Where is Charles?" I actually had two scenarios for the ending and Foxx did not disappoint. 

I wondered myself is he dead? Did he fake it? Was he alone? I won't divulge too much. I'll simply say that this was as good as watching 20/20 on a Friday night. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery steeped in suspense.

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Quick facts
Kiawah is a sea island, or barrier island, on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Located 25 miles southwest of Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina, it is primarily a private beach and golf resort. 


About the Author
Nina Foxx is an award-winning novelist and playwright. Nina is an avid yogi and the Founder of the Writing Sisters Summit Writing & Yoga Retreat. Originally from Jamaica, NY, she lives in the Seattle area with her family, where she works in technology for a major multi-national company.