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This review is from: The House at Spinnaker Cove (Kindle Edition)
Aptly named 'Rebecca' Shaw certainly read her Daphne du Maurier. The hidden cove, discovered after a stroll down the garden, the abandoned boathouse furnished with a bed, table and a scent inside that dreadfully upsets the dog. Along comes a wild-eyed child/adult mumbling knowing threats and waving arms; there's been skulduggery on a yacht and what seemed like a dream quickly becomes a nightmare. The shifty eyed local estate agent who knows more than he lets on is Jack Favell born again. Poor Nell, the burnt out city trader has to untangle the mystery of her husband's doings and off we go.
Set near Torquay rather than deepest Cornwall, Port Bunbury is a Tamara Drewe village, smelling of corruption and connivance, the inhabitants are part of the answer - they have met someone who could be Nell's husband Jamie, who disappeared off the radar many months ago - missing presumed lost at sea.
Maria, Nell's bright and busy mother, beetles up and down the lanes to support her confused daughter. Mum had a bad feeling about Jamie but a better one about Theo the hunky gardener/landscape designer so that's a good sign. Theo is standing ready to be the next Mr. Nell but there are adventures to be had and secrets uncovered before that may happen.
I best liked the beginning, when Nell, comfortably insulated from real estate reality by a full to bursting bank account, gets going on her do-er upper seaside house. Triple glazing is installed in an instant, the garden transformed in a flash, all her Thameside/Docklands apartment accoutrements lugged into the cottage in a day. After that the story went madder and madder, but I had to finish it and quite enjoyed the ride.