Carla Neggers writes top notch romantic suspense, and Harbor Island is no exception. The story is intense, ratcheting the tension from the very first page, and the characters, though well established in this installment of the Sharpe & Donovan series, continue to grow.
I was impressed with Neggers's ability to maintain tension throughout the novel. She infused the plot with a sense of menace, while still giving the reader plenty of domestic and romantic moments between Emma and Colin. The hunt for the killer—the clues, the rabbit holes, the action ranging between continents—made for a novel that kept me turning pages. I cared about the characters, both Emma and Colin, but also secondary characters like Irish priest Finian Bracken, and I didn't want to put the book down until the killer was caught. Neggers hooks you early and keeps you hooked until the end.
When FBI agent Emma Sharpe is called to a small island in Boston Harbor, she expects to find clues that lead her to an art thief. She finds her clue, but she also finds a woman's body—her chase has just turned deadly. With undercover FBI agent fiance, Colin Donovan, Emma sets out on the trail of a dangerous killer.
In this vivid and suspenseful addition to her widely acclaimed Sharpe & Donovan series, New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers takes readers on a heart-stopping journey from Boston to Ireland to the rocky coast of Maine
Emma Sharpe, granddaughter of world-renowned art detective Wendell Sharpe, is a handpicked member of a small Boston-based FBI team. For the past decade Emma and her grandfather have been trailing an elusive serial art thief. The first heist was in Ireland, where an ancient Celtic cross was stolen. Now the Sharpes receive a replica of the cross after every new theft—reminding them of their continued failure to capture their prey.
When Emma receives a message that leads her to the body of a woman on a small island in Boston Harbor, she finds the victim holding a small, cross-inscribed stone—one she recognizes all too well. Emma's fiancé, FBI deep-cover agent Colin Donovan, is troubled that she's gone off to the island alone, especially given the deadly turn the thief has taken. But as they dig deeper they are certain there is more to this murder than meets the eye.
As the danger escalates, Emma and Colin must also face do-or-die questions about their relationship. While there's no doubt they are in love, can they give their hearts and souls to their work and have anything left for each other? There's one thing Emma and Colin definitely agree on: before they can focus on their future, they must outwit one of the smartest, most ruthless killers they've ever encountered.