Deception Cove

Deception Cove

eBook - 2019
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A rescue dog, an ex-Marine, and an ex-convict are caught in the crosshairs of a ruthless gang in remote Washington state, in this "first-rate thriller" (Associated Press) for "fans of CJ Box and Michael Koryta" (Booklist). Former US Marine Jess Winslow reenters civilian life a new widow, with little more to her name than a falling-down house, a medical discharge for PTSD, and a loyal dog named Lucy. The only thing she actually cares about is that dog, a black-and-white pit bull mix who helps her cope with the devastating memories of her time in Afghanistan. After fifteen years -- nearly half his life -- in state prison, Mason Burke owns one set of clothes, a wallet, and a photo of Lucy, the service dog he trained while behind bars. Seeking a fresh start, he sets out for Deception Cove, Washington, where the dog now lives. As soon as Mason knocks on Jess's door, he finds himself in the middle of a standoff between the widow and the deputy county sheriff. When Jess's late husband piloted his final "fishing" expedition, he stole and stashed a valuable package from his drug dealer associates. Now the package is gone, and the sheriff's department has seized Jess's dearest possession-her dog. Unless Jess turns over the missing goods, Lucy will be destroyed. The last thing Mason wants is to be dragged back into the criminal world. The last thing Jess wants is to trust a stranger. But neither of them can leave a friend, the only good thing in either of their lives, in danger. To rescue Lucy, they'll have to forge an uneasy alliance. And to avoid becoming collateral damage in someone else's private war, they have to fight back -- and find a way to conquer their doubts and fears.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
ISBN: 9780316448710
Characteristics: 384 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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ljourneay
Oct 23, 2020

Loved the characters! And Lucy was so easy to love. Ready to read another book with Lucy & her people!!

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Oday10
Aug 17, 2020

I loved the main characters in this book--they were a mis-match that really worked well together. Then there was the dog, Lucy, who was a scene stealer. The story was suspenseful and I hated for it to be over. Tomorrow I'm picking up the new sequel which I can't wait to start reading--"Lone Jack Trail".

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htliang
Mar 06, 2020

Enjoyable fast-paced thriller with a strong female lead. I enjoyed the banter between Jess and the ex-convict, Burke, as well as the quirks of the dog, Lucy.

... "It's no problem," Burke said. "You hang back here with Lucy, get things ready to go. Soon as I get back, we'll hit the road."
She stood. "That's sweet of you, but no," she said, walking around him to the bathroom. "I know you've been in jail awhile, but they let women do things for themselves now."...

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Norma1313
Aug 23, 2019

Have never read this author before and damn it was really good. Love the dog Lucy. A Canadian author which is amazing.

Norma

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mynovelesquelife
Aug 04, 2019

RATING: 4 STARS
2019; Mulholland Books/Hachette Book Group
(Review Not on Blog)

This is my first novel by Owen Laukkanen, and he did not disappoint! I am a huge supporter of Canadian - especially Vancouver, BC - writers. I follow a lot on social media, and I have not yet read all of their books. I try to go in without any expectations as I REALLY REALLY want to love it, lol.

Let's just get this out of the way - there is the bestest dog in this novel named Lucy (named after the author's own dog) and spoiler alert, she makes it! I am so happy to hear this is going to be a series as I love Mason and Jess. Mason, a former convict, trained Lucy in prison, and Jess, a former Marine, is now Lucy's owner (Lucy is a medical dog to aid Jess's PTSD). Mason comes to find Lucy and gets himself in the middle of Jess's standoff with the deputy. I loved the writing and the characters...and the ride to the end! I am excited to see where it goes.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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