Someone wants reporter Madelyn Sawyer to leave the small coastal town she's just arrived in—even if it takes hurting her. But she won't give up her goal of investigating Waterman's Reach's new police chief that easily. Madelyn assumes that former big-city detective Zach Davis—who some believe is a murderer involved in a drug-trafficking ring—is behind the threat. Who else would have a motive? But as bullets fly Madelyn's way, it's Zach who keeps saving her life. The closer she gets to the truth, the more she wants to tell the handsome lawman why she's really in town. But if she does, will she lose his trust…and any hope of surviving long enough to bring the real killer to light?
My thoughts: DARK HARBOR is Ms. Barritt's most recent Love Inspired Suspense, and as per the formula for these books, the heroine is kept running for her life. She's a travel journalist, for pity's sake. Who would be out to hurt her? The only one who has motive is Zach because she is also semi-investigating his involvement in a murder, but her instinct says he's a good guy. Plus, he always saves her. When things go from bad to worse, Madelyn isn't sure whether to stay in town or leave. But how can she leave with the job undone? I enjoyed reading DARK HARBOR and am anxious to read Ms. Barritt's next book I have in my to-read-pile (hopefully, soon). I did guess who the "bad guy" was easily -- as soon as "he" was introduced -- because I know the formula. But I didn't know why, and even figuring it out early didn't make it predictable. Fans of Love Inspired Suspense will love Dark Harbor. Recommended. 4 stars.