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Strands of Truth

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  188 reviews

Suspense melds with romance as the past meets the present in this engrossing new novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

Harper Taylor is used to being alone. Her mother passed away in a car accident when she was an infant, she never knew who her father was, and now even the widowed grandmother who raised her is gone. She’s done just fine investing her mari

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Thomas Nelson (first published September 2019)
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Cara Putman
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Colleen Coble is back with her best book yet. A complex plot tied to an interesting concept: Sea Silk. Add in murders from a generation ago that tie to today, and this is a book you won't be able to put down. Such a good read. Intense. Romantic. With a puzzle from the past that is colliding with today. A page--turner of a read.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I super loved this book. I just finished it and my fingers were trembling with the adrenaline rush. This book was the perfect example of how a romantic suspense ought to be.

Harper wanted to find her family. Her DNA testing brought her to a half-sister Annabelle and the murky darkness of the past where both their mothers had been murdered. Both the women too were in danger as an intruder in ski mask kept trying to kidnap them and kill the others. Ridge, the son of her mentor, soon let go of his b
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Colleen Coble is one of my go-to authors for Christian suspense. She knows how to write a good page-turner, having the suspense build from the very first page as the reader tries to solve the crime. Even though her murders can be rather gruesome, I appreciate the clean read.

This is all true of her newest novel, Strands of Truth. I loved the premise from the very beginning, with marine biologists and DNA matches and unsolved murders. With another murder, kidnappings and a little romance added to
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Strands of Truth

Colleen Coble

I've only read one other Colleen Coble book before STRANDS OF TRUTH, but I know for sure, this won't be my last one! She hooked me from the very first page and never let me go!
Colleen sure knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat while reading and I love when an author does that to me. Two women die in very different circumstances twenty years apart. Many years later, during a DNA test, their adult daughters find out that they are half sisters. Can the story ge
Maureen Timerman
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I found this book to be a page turner, there seems to be non-stop action, and you may think whom the perpetrator is but, then you quickly change your mind, but who is after these women?
The author gives us a roller coaster of emotions here, as humans we tend to cling to our families, but to have none, such a hard thing.
Today’s modern technology gives many new hopes to find their roots, and part of this book is what happens when we find those we are related to.
I didn’t figure this one out ahead of
Karen R
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A riveting suspenseful drama with a side of romance, set along the lovely Florida Gulf coast!
Mysterious deaths both past and present seem to be linked together, but without witnesses and missing evidence, the threat continues to grow. Harper just wants a family of her own. Finding a living relative through DNA testing brings on more trouble than she can handle alone.

I liked the unique plot using the mollusk research for pharmaceuticals, and the idea of finding unknown relatives through a DNA te
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Strands Of Truth by Colleen Coble is an exciting and gripping contemporary Christian suspense that will have the reader glued and guessing.
Legacies are important, as is heritage. We need to know where we come from in order to plot where we are going. Even more important is to know Whose we are.
A mother’s love is a powerful thing. It is protective and caring. If we are denied it as a child, we will lose our anchor in life and be continually searching for that love, never trusting as the foundatio
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Strands of Truth by author Colleen Coble is a suspense story with a romance and it is wonderful! Harper Taylor wants a family of her own. She had a very distressed childhood and was shuttled to different foster homes until she received help from an unexpected source, Oliver Jackson. He saw her need when she was a teen and arranged a safe foster home and later a college education for Harper. Oliver had been her mentor and was now her business partner in cultivating and harvesting black pearls fro ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a forever fan of Colleen Coble!!
Actually I've been a fan since Seagrass Pier.
I loved this book!! The twists and turns will leave u squirming and holding your breath and maybe falling out of bed? Nah!! I didn't want to come up out of this book at all!!
Now, there are some scenes in this book that be like leaving you feeling weird and kind of holding your stomach to protect it.
As far as DNA testing? I've thought about it more than once for my son's sake but it costs too much for me.
Maybe he ca
Colleen Coble is a master storyteller who is always able to spin a story that is rich with well developed characters, an intense, interesting plot and great setting. The story takes place on the lovely Gulf Coast of Florida in towns of Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Duniden. Harper Taylor's mother was involved in a car accident, gave birth to Harper and died moments later. Harper is used to being alone. She ran away from the foster system and was found by businessman Oliver Jackson, who became h ...more
Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood
Strands of Truth is a fast-pace dramatic story, with a plot as unique as its characters and setting. Set in three time periods, the story connects past murders to the present in a way that only Colleen Coble could pull off. I'm convinced that if other authors attempted this complex multi-level plot line the story would be convoluted. But Strands of Truth weaves an intricate story spanning 30 years that hooks the reader from start to finish.

The story starts with Harper Taylor who is researching m
Colleen Coble never disappoints with her action packed suspense, and her newest delivery meets her high standards. This is a story you can't read slowly as the action builds with every page.

Harper Taylor has grown up as a loner having been shuffled from one foster family to another until she finally is taken under Oliver Taylor's wing as a runaway teenager. He pours his love for the ocean and its gifts into Harper and she becomes fascinated with marine biology. But she still longs for a family
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Strands of Truth was a fascinating novel filled with suspense and mystery. I am very interested in genealogy, so I loved the DNA aspect of the storyline. I found myself skimming through the parts with Harper and Ridge’s interactions because I didn’t feel the connection between them, and I was much more interested in Harper’s relationship with her newly discovered half-sister and solving the mystery of their mother’s deaths so many years earlier. Overall, this was a well written novel that I enjo ...more
Jul 21, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I've read many of Colleen Coble's series over the years and LOVED them all.
This book is Epic! She hit it out of the park with this one. I loved it so much! It's everything I
could ask for in a clean murder mystery. It's so good I would love to see it as a New series,
however, it had a beautiful ending.

Thanks so much, NetGalley, Colleen Coble, and her Publisher!
Jeremy Reppy
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Strands of Truth" was an enjoyable story. The overarching story focuses on the secrets that DNA testing can reveal and the lengths people will go to protect their families, even if their actions are criminal. The subplot focuses on Harper Taylor and Ridge Jackson. Ridge's father, Oliver, a wealthy businessman, had been a mentor to Harper since she was found on their property at age fifteen, having run away from the latest abusive foster family. Ridge had long believed that Harper was taking adv ...more
Terry Conrad
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Strands Of Truth is a book I thoroughly enjoyed. It was fun to read. The mystery and suspense were perfect as was the romance. It wasn't overdone, it was perfect. I liked all the characters and enjoyed getting to know them.

Harper has always wanted a family. Her Mother died in an accident a few hours after she was born. She has no idea who her father is. As a child she went from foster home to foster home. As an adult she finally finds a half sister. So begins the exciting mystery and suspense.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Two women die in mysterious circumstances twenty years apart. Years later, their adult daughters learn they are half-sisters. From the day they meet, attempts are made to kidnap them. This exciting new novel by Colleen Coble is everything and more than I anticipated! The characters are engaging and likable, the faith and spiritual lessons of each is displayed beautifully, the prose sings, and the plot is riveting, capturing and keeping my attention throughout.

Harper’s life has been not been easy
Jennifer Ritter
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stands of Truth is the latest novel by Colleen Coble. Harper Taylor’s mother died as the result of an auto accident moments after Harper was delivered. Spending her early years with an addicted grandmother and her middle childhood in awful foster situations, when wealthy Oliver Jackson catches her stealing from his garage Harper is given a new lease on life. Oliver becomes her mentor, finding a good foster home for her, fostering her interest in sea life, and providing her with a college educati ...more
Joanna Yates
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have only recently started reading books by Colleen Coble. I hate to admit this, as she is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors. When given the opportunity to review “Strands of Truth” her new novel due out in September I couldn’t help but jump at the chance. While I had other books in my to-be-read pile, this one catapulted to the top.
Meet the main character, Harper Taylor. Her mother died mere moments after she was born, after injuries sustained in a suspicious automobile accident. After
Emily P
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute home run! Loved the characters, the unique storyline and the setting, which Coble always does well. (I have to say I am a very big fan of her work!) I read this book in less than 24 hours and that doesn't happen often.

Harper Taylor is a marine biologist with a fractured past who is trying to find a piece of her that's missing--her family. After taking a DNA test, she finds a sister named Annabelle living nearby who is several years her senior. Excited and encouraged by t
Ruth Hill
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

First of all, I have read other Colleen Coble books, and I have never been disappointed. Yes, she writes in several genres of Christian fiction, but you can always be assured that you will read a book with squeaky clean content with a bit of an edge, and you always know that the Christian faith will play a significant role in the characters' development. While
Connie Saunders
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
'She wouldn't lose hope. God saw her in this place. She had to hold on to faith.'

Strands of Truth has so many different plot twists. Two half-sisters, almost twenty years apart, who find out through a DNA kit that they both had the same father. Two half-sisters who both lost their mothers and murder may have been the cause of those deaths. The same half-sisters being the targets of kidnappers and the suggestion of organ harvesting as a possible motive!

Ridge Jackson has never trusted the close re
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
I have read quite a few of Colleen Coble's books and loved many of them, but this book is my favorite so far. The author is well-known for her complex plot, heart-pounding suspense, the gasp-inducing "that's who the villain is?" moment, easy-to-read writing, and deeply layered characters. She doesn't skimp on any of these in this book for sure. If you enjoy fast-moving romantic suspense that will suck you in from page one, you will totally love this book.

The book opens with a flashback and the f
"Strands of Truth" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. The main characters were likable, interesting people. Ridge started out determined to expose Harper as this horrible person yet never suspected her of wrongdoing during current events and quickly decided he'd been wrong about her. They worked well together and had long been secretly attracted to each other. Since Ridge's 'revenge' intent was never developed, I wondered why the author added it (rather than simply having him resenting her) ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Harper Taylor was a child, she was tossed around from one bad foster home to another, until she finally ran away. At that time, Oliver Jackson found her a good home and became her mentor. Oliver’s children never liked Harper and were always jealous of her. Even though Oliver was always good to Harper, she still longed for a real family.

Now about fifteen years later, she decides to do a DNA test, in hopes of finding some of her relatives and discovers a half-sister. Is it just a coincidence
Gail Hollingsworth
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It all started with a DNA test. Harper felt alone, no family and few real friends. She finds she has a half sister through a DNA test and seeks her out. They discover that both their moms died while they were infants under questionable circumstances. Then is when strange and terrifying things begin to happen.
Ridge has always resented Harper because of the interest his father Oliver took in her. He thinks she is after his money. But after going from one foster family to another with no real love
Danielle Isolano
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Strands of Truth was an addictive, page turning story set on the gulf coast of Florida. If you are a fan of atmospheric reads set in quaint, beachy towns then you will love this story. I felt as though I was on the marina in the small town of Dunedin looking among the waves and seagulls. I also learned quite a bit about marine biology, which was a fascination of both main characters Harper and Ridge. The reader gets quite a bit of information into the sea life of manatees and pen shells. Referen ...more
Marsha Dixon
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this novel. I liked the information included about farming pen shells and making sea silk. I liked the issue of DNA ancestry research and how it can reveal possible family relationships yet also open the door for pain and suffering, even tragedy. I liked how Coble presented dysfunctional family relationships and how right action because of Christian faith can be healing.

There is much suspense in the novel. Some of it was due to poor decisions by characters and I didn't like that. Knowi
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romantic suspense is not my favorite genre for lots of reasons, many of which are evident in STRANDS OF TRUTH. There are things I appreciate about the novel, though: (1) its intriguing premise, which appeals to the genealogist in me, (2) the fact that it's clean and faith-affirming without being preachy, (3) the featuring of honorable and God-fearing main characters who come off as moral and faithful but not weird or fanatical, and (4) some interesting/unique story elements like the harvesting o ...more
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USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.
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