Friday, March 3, 2023

Shifting Sands by Kathi Oram Peterson ~ Book Review


Shifting SandsShifting Sands by Kathi Oram Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Description:  All Gloryanna Griffin needs is a full-ride scholarship to finish her master’s degree in marine biology in order to pursue her dream of saving the ocean. However, to be a serious contender for the money, she needs to publish in a prestigious magazine. A research dive off the Olympic Peninsula is a dangerous proposition but one that just might give her article the impact it needs. But when she’s swept into an underwater vortex, she realizes her life may be the price she pays instead.

When she awakens on the rocky beach—miraculously alive—the first person she sees is the handsome stranger who saved her. Over the years, Jonathan Dawson has saved countless lives from the perils of the ocean. But until now, no one has ever seen him. Nearly eighty years ago, he died on this same beach, and his spirit has been tied to the spot ever since. Now Gloryanna and Jonathan are irrevocably linked as they are plunged into a decades’ old mystery that promises answers to the past and keys to the future. But they soon discover that some secrets may be better left undisturbed.

My thoughts: As strange as it may sound, I wanted a human and a ghost to find a HEA.

Gloryanna is a marine biology student on a dive with her instructor and another student vying for the same grant that she is. Strange things happen on the dive that lead her to be sucked into a vortex.

Johnathan was a "sound pounder" during WWII. He stumbles into a situation he wasn't supposed to see and is murdered with his dog.

Their worlds collide when Johnathan pulls her from the sea saving her life. The catch is that she can see and hear him. She is the first person who has been able to. It quickly becomes apparent that their fates are intertwined and that they need each other to solve a mystery that links the past and the present.

Shifting Sands really pulled me in. It was an unlikely situation that worked! I quickly became fully invested in the plot and characters. Gloryanna and Johnathan work to solve the mystery surrounding them before Gloryanna loses her life to a killer. There are many trails that need to be explored before they can solve the mystery. All of them are plausible, this adds to the suspense and kept me turning the pages.

I really enjoyed the time I spent in this novel. It has non-graphic violence.

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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About the Author: Kathi Oram Peterson is the Whitney Award winning author of A STRANGER WATCHES (2020) and A FAMILIAR FEAR (2018).

Kathi's heart-pounding suspense novels make readers double check door locks and sleep with a flashlight. Her YA Time Travels bring readers to historical events as if they are there. Her novels have richly-drawn characters and plots that hook readers and make setting the book down nearly impossible.

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