After spending the better part of last month binge reading the preceding installments in this series, I was excited to finally sit down with the latest Pendergast novel. Having suffered a tragedy and debilitating illness, Agent Pendergast was a little scarce in the previous novels, White Fire and Blue Labyrinth, so I am happy to report that in Crimson Shore, Pendergast is back! And not only is he the star of the show but he is in top form, perfectly polished and reserved (and oh, so sexy!), back to using his intelligence and unique investigative style to solve this latest crime.
At the request of the renowned sculptor Percival Lake, Agent Pendergast and Constance Green travel to the small town of Exmouth, Massachusetts in order to investigate the apparent theft of Mr. Lake’s extensive, and very expensive, wine collection. With the discovery of a hidden compartment in the wine cellar, containing an old bone fragment, this seemingly straightforward robbery quickly takes a dark and sinister turn, and the duos investigation uncovers this small town’s disturbing, long buried secret involving murder, witches covens and shipwrecked treasures.
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are absolute masters of suspenseful mystery thrillers, and this latest Pendergast adventure is proof of that talent. Crimson Shore is a fast moving mystery, weaving in just the right amount of the paranormal thriller and historical fiction. They captured the atmosphere and mentality of a small coastal town perfectly, and created for the reader, almost from the very first page, a creepy, dark, sinister and dangerous atmosphere.
The relationship between Constance and Pendergast is absolutely electrifying and I just loved how their characters played on each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Hoping that this is a trend for future installments. Pendergast is a master manipulator and uses this talent to uncover information in his investigations, so it was nice to see this again in Crimson Shore. Aside from the mystery aspect of these books, his investigative techniques, and the situations that are created as a result, are a hugely entertaining part of the storyline and something that I always look forward to.
With a blend of mystery and suspense, with a touch of the paranormal and some surprising sexual tension mixed in, Crimson Shore has it all. All in all, a highly entertaining and addictive read. Definitely recommend!
I give Crimson Shore 4/5 stars.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.