Book Review: Her Ocean Grave by Dana Perry

Who here loves a good detective series? Today I’m going to introduce one I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

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Book Review: Her Ocean Grave by Dana Perry

Enclosed by endless beaches and crashing waves, the sleepy little island of Martha’s Vineyard is a place where everyone knows each other’s name and locals can leave their front doors unlocked at night without worry. But everything changes the day that Samantha Clayton leaves for an afternoon bike ride along the cliff tops, and never comes home.

Detective Abby Pearce has the difficult job of interviewing the girl’s grieving mother and silent stepfather. But why can’t they answer simple questions about what Samantha was wearing the day she went missing, or who her friends were? Did her family know her at all?

Then a girl’s bright pink shoe is discovered buried on a local beach. What if Samantha is not the first innocent teenager to be taken, but the latest? Another victim is found dead days later, and the terrified residents demand to know what’s happening to their children. But the killer is already planning his next move and more young lives will be taken if Abby doesn’t figure out what secrets this small town is hiding…

Her Ocean Grave Book Cover


To be honest, when I started reading this book I wasn’t sure about it. I couldn’t connect and thought I’d just fly through it just to get it done. But about 15% in I became hooked and I flew through it because I was excited to see what would happen next.

At first I was worried that Abby would be the stereotypical detective. Although female this time, she was a recovering alcoholic running away from her past; you know the type. However, I became endeared to her. I can’t really explain why, to be honest, but she made this a series I want to continue. That was in contrast to the bad guys in this book that weren’t as exciting as they should be, if truth be told.

The story isn’t full of major twists and turns, although they are there. What I liked most about it was that it was fast-paced and stood strong to the plot of finding Samantha. I don’t really like when the author tries to put in too many side plots. In addition, I liked how the author cleverly planted clues along the way, but not so many that the outcome was too easy to guess.

If you think Her Ocean Grave is right up your street, you can pick up a copy of the book here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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