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Sea Scope: A Psychological Mystery

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  26 reviews

Sarah Collins needs an escape. Mourning her brother’s death and the impending breakup of her marriage, she returns to her childhood home in South Carolina, where her family operated an inn.

Sarah hasn’t been back to Sea Scope for twenty years; not since she and her brother Glen discovered a body by the nearby lighthouse. Shenever understood why her parents left Sea Scope so

Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published May 4th 2019 by Creativia
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Sea Scope is the first book I've read by Debbie De Louise. It's a mystery / suspense / thriller novel with a bunch of light moments and several page-turning-gotta-find-the-killer moments. I enjoy books with a great balance, especially when the author also throws in fun facts about the history of lighthouses. I should also mention, a small portion of the book takes place on Long Island, not too far from where I grew up. Of course, I have to read it, right?

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Jina Bazzar
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A compelling psychological thriller.
Every now and then I like to delve into a good mystery/thriller. Sea scope is a psychological thriller, the kind of book that gives one pause and makes one wonder how the mind works.
The book oscillates between present time and two decades earlier, slowly bringing the reader up to date with events that caused a business to close, a family to break, a girl to become mentally unstable, and the reasons behind it all. And they’re all connected to a murder that was
Michele Northwood
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A suicide or is it? A murder mystery which took place twenty years ago is finally solved when the remaining members of the story meet again at Sea Scope, a boarding house near a lighthouse where one of the characters plunged to his death- or was he pushed? The story switches intermittently between the present day and twenty years ago until the reader is aware of all the situations, feelings and complications each character was enduring at that time. With each new snippet of information, the ...more
Brian Porter
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More twists and turns than a lighthouse staircase

A great read, as the reader is whisked back and forth between the events of twenty years ago and the present. A hidden secret surronds the death of a young man, his body found, broken and bleeding on the ground below a lighthouse that seems to be the focal point for all that transpires in this intriguing mystery, that isn't cleared up until the very end of the book. Suspicions abound, marital affairs suspected, and relationships are tested to the
Amy Caudill
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A series of clues written in crayon, reminiscent of the games once played by a now-dead child, and the long unexplained circumstances surrounding the death of one of their number casts a shadow over the planned reunion of family and old friends in this mystery by author Debbie De Louise.

Twenty years ago, the bed and breakfast at Sea Scope, South Carolina was closed following the death of a guest who meant far more to some of the long-term residents there. In the present, Sarah, who was a child
David Thompson
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sea Scope is a new mystery offering by author Debbie De-Louise. Having read good things about this psychological mystery, I looked forward to a good read and I wasn't disappointed. There are plenty of "false trails" and a red herring or two to keep the reader rapidly turning the pages; there's great characters and a satisfying surprise conclusion.
The main character Sarah is invited to celebrate the impending re-opening of Sea Scope Inn, by its proprietor- her beloved Aunt Julie Brewster. Along
K.J. Simmill
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sarah had known there was trouble in her marriage for a long time. Even before the devastation she faced on finding out her brother had died. It stemmed from the fact that, for some unknown reason, she and her husband were unable to conceive and he was not open to any alternative. When an invitation arrives from her aunt to visit her childhood home, Sea Scope, as a trial run before the grand reopening of the inn, she had her reservations. On one hand, she thought the break would do her marriage ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel will have your head spinning while trying to figure out if Michael committed suicide or was murdered 20 years ago while in the Lighthouse near Sea Scope. Her Aunt still lives there and is thinking of re-opening the bed and breakfast to guests. But first she invited 5 people who there there at the time of the murder. Her niece Sarah agrees to go but goes with a friend instead of her husband-not really knowing what to expect, but needing a break from her home life. Sarah's Dad had ...more
Berk Rourke
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a good story, with good characters, with good writing technique. The characters have flesh, are not just words on a page as you read the Juxtapositioning of time and space about the same people. There are twists and turns which surprise and please, and there are moments of indecision, even for another writer of mysteries, as to where the story is going. There are also illustrations between every chapter. I loved the book. I hated the illustrations. Creativia told me, when I suggested ...more
Lisa Diaz Meyer
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this mystery by cat writer & cozy mystery author Debbie De Louise! 5 Stars! With so much content between the story and characters, Ms. De Louise knows how to dole out the plot to keep the reader reading. Along with the puzzle piece mystery and various facts about lighthouses at the end of each chapter, one really gets the feel of summers by the sea.
Lisa Reynolds
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sea Scope (2019) by Debbie De Louise is a suspenseful thriller which keeps readers turning the page.

The plot follows the main character Sarah Collins. Readers follow her journey as she goes back to Sea Scope accompanied by her friend Carolyn after twenty years of escaping her past there. Twenty years previously a young man Michael Gamboski died in suspicious circumstances at the lighthouse. At the time his death was pronounced a suicide but was it? Sarah is also mourning the passing of her
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Sea Scope by Debbie De Louise is a psychological mystery about an incident that happened twenty years ago with effects that stretch into the present. Sarah Collins, a children’s book illustrator, agrees to visit her aunt for the summer to escape the problems in her marriage. But returning to Sea Scope, the inn her family owned when she was child, is not the ideal place for a relaxing vacation. Because Sarah’s family closed the inn and left town after a young man died under mysterious ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The review for today is “Seascope” by Debbie De Louise.

Meet our main character, Sarah Collins, who is struggling in her marriage. Still grieving over her brother’s death she needs a break. Her aunt, who runs the Sea Scope inn that is located in South Carolina, has written her in hopes of her niece coming for a visit. Sarah readily accepts. Instead however of taking her husband she takes a friend.

It has been 20 years since she has visited. The last time she was there her brother and herself were
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gripping and compelling

Did Michael commit suicide or was he murdered? Why did Sarah’s family leave South Carolina so abruptly after his death and why did her father commit suicide a year later? Still mourning the loss of her brother and facing the possible breakup of her marriage, Sarah accepts an invitation to return to Sea Scope, the family inn which closed after Sarah and her brother, Glen discovered Michael’s body at the nearby lighthouse. Her aunt is planning to reopen the inn and invites
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A Non-stop read!! I do believe, that I actually have read this book before. I remembered bits and pieces. BUT, it was just as an exciting read, the second time around.
An old Lighthouse, with a beautiful, old Inn near by. The sister of the original owner, is now in charge of running it and invites friends and family to the reopening of it.
The story goes back and forth between 20 years ago and the current time. Mysteries of the past, come back to be acknowledged and
Joanne Guidoccio
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. De Louise has crafted a compelling novel filled with suspense, murder, romantic entanglements, and lighthouse trivia. I was captivated from the start and stayed up two nights to finish reading this gripping page-turner set on an island off the coast of South Carolina. I was particularly impressed by the alternating POVs and time periods, plot twists, and the unexpected ending.

I’m looking forward to reading more book by Ms. De Louise.
Lois Crockett
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A terrific summer page turner!

Lose yourself in this book this summer, set in a South Carolina inn that just happens to have a lighthouse next door. This well-written suspense will keep you up til the wee hours of indulging in a delectable cover-to-cover binge read. Tasty tidbits of knowledge will delight you as intrigue sets in with a fascinating cast of characters, a surprising conclusion and a great payoff.
An excellent thriller

I really, really liked the structure of this story: the different time-lines, the little asides with fun facts about lighthouses... it worked perfectly for me.

I enjoyed the way the story develops, how our perceptions about the characters keep changing as we learn more about them, how things that seemed to be facts weren't.

The narration by Robin Brodowsky is good, easy to follow, but it's a bit plain, lacking emotional play.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started reading Debbie De Louise's books because she is a local author and fellow librarian, but I kept on reading them because they were so good. The characters and setting are great, with good writing. The ending was a cliff hanger and a lot was left open, so I hope she writes another book and makes Sea Scope a series. Keep on writing Debbie!
Mary Ann
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book

I liked the mystery of the book. I usually don’t like a story that goes back and forth I years, but this story did it smoothly. Good characters made interesting. The surprise at the end was good. Anyone who likes mystery’s will enjoy this book.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Twisty Adult Mystery

I love a mystery that keeps me guessing. This fills the bill. I also like the serious themes . Generations share their demons. It makes you consider what will you pass on?
Lori Bindner
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tangled web mystery

An interesting tangled web full of hope and heartache. So many complete characters with their own set of goals come together to create a quite entangled family story. Enjoyable
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

Mystery, romance, drama, this book covers it all. I really enjoyed the characters and storyline. It kept me wondering who did what.
Bonnye Reed
Jun 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
Linda Watson
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Secrets come out

Four children had many happy memories of their early years spent at the lighthouse but some of the memories weren't pleasant
Joyce Wagner
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this for Library Book Club. It was an easy read, with an enjoyable plot...but I probably wouldn't have finished it if not for the book club. Glad I did!
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Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters-in-Crime, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her seven published novels include the 4 books of her Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A Stone's Throw, ...more