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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Sea Scope by Debbie De Louise is a psychological thriller set largely in the scenic Cape Bretton in South Carolina. Sarah and her brother Glen Brewster grew up in Sea Scope, an inn owned by the family and managed by their father. Their lives were never the same again when they discovered a body in the lighthouse nearby. Soon thereafter, the family moved away and the inn was closed by their Aunt Julie. Twenty years later, Sarah is now an unhappily married woman with a string of family tragedies behind her. Needing an escape, she accepts an invitation from her aunt to visit Sea Scope, and her past comes back to haunt her.
Debbie De Louise's Sea Scope unravels in Long Island but it soon brings its readers to a lighthouse in Cape Bretton where a young man was believed to have committed suicide twenty years ago. The story has two main plots that are woven together beautifully and it all revolves around Sarah Collins. A young woman on the brink of divorce, or so she thinks, her decision to go back to her childhood home of Sea Scope sets off a psychological thriller that demands the reader's full attention. And as Sarah's past and present lives collide, a shocking family secret is revealed that will explain her father's unexpected death. There is, however, the present be dealt with and it also presents a challenge. Entertaining and mysterious, Sea Scope is a novel that is hard to close without reading its last page.