As always, Coble does an excellent job of combining the powers of mystery, suspense, and romance. However, I didn't feel as captured by this book as I have the previous three in the series. Don't get me wrong. There are a lot of things I liked about the book, but I just feel like something was missing.
This book does address a couple hard issues that I haven't encountered in a book before. Leia, the female heroine, has a cleft lip. Her sister, Eva, has Downs Syndrome. Bane suffers from abandonment issues. I love that Coble writes her characters in a more human light. It's hard to relate to someone who's "perfect" on paper.
Overall, the message of the book was still very, very good. The message was one of learning to let go of the past and letting God worry about your future. He knows every hair on your head. He knows the number of days you will live. If He knows that much about you, why can't we trust Him to lead us and help us make decisions? Let go, and let God.
This is the 3rd Colleen book I've read. It was better than the 2nd one in this series in that it had more good or godly characters in it, but unfortunately there were 3 murders in it, and other attempted murders. I just don't find murder edifying! So I threw this one in the trash as well. Needless to say, I will not bother buying the 4th in this series, as I don't want to chance wasting my money if it is like the 2nd and 3rd.
Once again a great addition to the Aloha Reef Series. I love the in-depth look the author gives to each of the characters in this series. By the time you've finished the series, you've become a friend of the Oana family. This series deals with human frailty and doubts that we all experience of Christians. I recommend the entire series.
Dangerous Depths is Colleen Coble's third installment in the Aloha Reef series. In it she focuses on the oldest Oana sibling, Bane. He has been a rock in the first two books, and in this one you see why. He doesnt know how to not try to control events around him. But from the moment his plane dives into the ocean, the events in the book rocket out of his control. Leia Kahale turned her back on traditional medicine to embrace homeopathic, holistic medicine, a decision her mother won't accept. She broke off her engagement with Bane, but finds him back in her life -- a situation she is not comfortable with. Bane has returned to help a friend find a sunken ship rumored to be filled with treasure. When his partner dies, Bane and Leia work together to find answers. The interactions and conflicts between them rang true. Each had reasons for the ways they responded to the events. Colleen paints amazing pictures of Hawaii in this book. As I read it, I could almost feel the tradewinds on my face and the stifling heat in the jungle. Her attention to detail transforms the setting into an active part of the plot. While this is the third book in the series, you dont need to have read the previous books to understand and fully enjoy this one.
A must read. I couldn't put the book down! I hope Colleen continues this series, as I love Hawaii and you feel like you are right there while reading the book. You won't be sorry you read the whole series!