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Beyond a Doubt

(Rock Harbor #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,097 ratings  ·  170 reviews
Nothing seems beyond a doubt when Bree opens a cold-case file with clues too close for comfort.

Arson. Theft. Murder. When Bree Nicholls discovers a corpse in her own basement, a whirlwind investigation ushers an unbidden danger to all she holds dear. Without safe haven in her lighthouse home--or in the arms of a new love--the young widow struggles to free her family from t
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 5th 2004 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2004)
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DK Hoffman
Feb 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: awful-books
The mystery in this novel was intriguing and that's the only thing that kept me reading it. I really had trouble with the main character - she was as dense as a box of rocks. I really have a hard time enjoying the book when I have so little respect for the character's intelligence.

I also wish that "bible thumper" authors would label their books as such. I wouldn't have bought it, if I had known ahead of time. Every other page crams Christian religion down the reader's throat. I wish the author w
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
After finding the first in the series just o.k. I was pleased to find Beyond a Doubt much more interesting and enjoyable. I was especially drawn to Lauri's story. ...more
Book 2 in the Rock Harbor series continues the focus on the small Lake Superior town of Rock Harbor and it's citizens. During the remodel of her lighthouse basement, Bree Nicholls' carpenter, discovers a corpse which turns out to be the long missing lighthouse keeper. This leads to numerous other discoveries that keeps the suspense level high from start to finish.

Once again, Coble's focus is on the suspense with just a light touch of romance thrown in. Kade Matthews finds he now has competition
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing! Beyond A Doubt really contains all the suspense you could ever think of! It brings through the power of friendship and not giving up. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspenseful books and mysteries.
Andrea Cox
The mystery in this story was really good. The reason for giving only three stars is because the book hit a slow patch when drugs and teen pregnancy became the central focus. Neither were even hinted at on the back-cover copy, so they came as quite a shock to me, and not a pleasant one. (Another reason was the inclusion of expletives, inappropriate for the Christian genre.)

I wasn’t sure about the love triangle that popped up late in the story, but I like the way the book ended. It made me look f
Jammin Jenny
I enjoyed this story. It has a very christian bent and is a story about a mom dealing with a traumatized son, Danny, and her friend Anu, also has some problems in her past. There is smuggling, unplanned pregnancy, and love triangles. Overall a good book.
joyce lynn
Aug 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! w/ each of her books that i read, she just keeps getting better and better and ...

i am SO glad that i started this one over a holiday wk/end so that i had more chance to read it. i STILL should have been doing housework or something, BUT ...

again, WOW!!! this book was just SO good, and again, i never did have an inkling of "whodunit" til near the very end. i was thinking someone else as usual!

can't wait to start # 3 of this series!!!
3.5 stars, rounded up

Favorite parts: seeing Bree and Davy together. Hilary’s news.

Not so favorite: so much going on, plus hero getting bogged down in Life Stuff and not delivering me a better ending...
Katniss Everdeen 🔥
I don’t feel like writing a review right now, so I will write one later
Victor Gentile
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colleen Coble in her new book “Beyond A Doubt” Book Two in the Rock Harbor series published by Thomas Nelson gives us another adventure with Bree Matthews and Samson, her search-and-rescue dog.

From the back cover: Evidence of a violent crime in Bree’s basement causes police to re-open a cold case. Can she and her K-9 search dog, Samson, stop the killer before he strikes again?

Bree Nicholls has made a name for herself finding missing persons and solving mysteries in the untamed wilderness of Mich
Laura Cohen
Dec 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just. No. Shave a hundred pages off the story by carving out the preaching and maybe it's a book to read. ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colleen Coble definitely raised the mystery and intrigue up a notch. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time and it kept my mind turning as Bree tried to figure it all out. These same characters are back and I thoroughly enjoyed getting another peek into their lives.

What I Liked: This one was a lot more suspenseful than the last one and I felt dread and fear right along with Bree as she dealt with her raging stalker and then figures out there's much more to the mystery than meets
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I struggle with Colleen Coble's books and am about ready to give up on them. They have great story lines, plot twists, relationships, but the books fall apart. I can't believe they get published. With this series, I can't get myself to care for the people. I was 20 pages from being done and abandoned it for something else because I really didn't care how it ended. Sad. I think there is a great premise here, but I get confused on if Rock Harbor is a small town or big city. Why do we have characte ...more
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story about the Rock Harbor, MI area and the people that live there. There were murders, old and new, that get solved. I had to keep reading to see who did it and to see how the relationships develop. I have to read the next in the series as this one ended too soon. I really want to go visit Rock Harbor and meet these people...
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing mystery set in small-town America! I LOVED the second in this series as much as the first. I am beginning the third immediately. I cannot get enough of Colleen Coble. I have definitely found a new favorite author!!!!! I recommend this to all my friends and family.
Ronda  Tutt
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in this series - I am so hooked and can't wait to get into the next book to continue to find out where Bree, her son, the competion between Kade and Nick over Bree, and her search and rescue dog Samson lives lead to within the next mystery. ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bree is known for being able to find missing people. Her search-and-rescue dog, Samson, is just as famous. When she decides to remodel the basement in the lighthouse she owns, a body is discovered. This starts a train of events that will change the lives of everyone who lives in Rock Harbor and shed light on some lies people have believed for years.

I'm a fan of Ms. Coble so it was no surprise that I enjoyed this story. She mixes mystery, suspense, romance, faith, and family so that they are sea
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book continued the story about Bree and her son Davy and many of her towns people. The book leaves you wanting to read more of what happens next.
Aszha Hall
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the continued growth of all the characters. I love all her books.
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club, mystery
This is the second book in the series about Bree and her search & rescue dog, Samson. Basically a mystery /adventre / love story it started out somewhat promising. But about halfway through it just kind of fell flat for me. There were too many characters to keep track of and I think they were mostly introduced to keep us guessing who the bad guy was. The best part of the book for me was just following up with the characters since I had read the first book, otherwise I don't think I would have ca ...more
Mar 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Like a few others have mentioned, I had no idea this was the second book in a series. I got about half way through it before I decided it wasn't worth it to keep reading. For me, it was the kind of book I could easily put down and dread picking up again. I know it's not the author because I loved another of her books. I'm not sure if I didn't like it because I didn't read the first. It hinted at a few things that happened in book 1 but I still felt lost. ...more
Laurie Blacker
OK, Bree's a Christian. We get it. Like the previous book in this series, I wanted so much to like it more. Good storyline, good characters, and a good mystery. But really, do we have to get beat in the head over and over and over about the fact that the characters are Christian? Or that they have strong faith? We get it. Really. ...more
Mar 08, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really struggled to get through this book. For me, everything jumped around way too much. One minute this, one minute that. One character also got pregnant even though she wasn't married. The romance wasn't mushy, but really annoying. It seemed like one chapter was 'I like you' and the next chapter ' I don't like you.' I really wanted to like this book, but I simply didn't. ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time getting into this story even though I knew the characters. Coble seemed to have a hard time getting the mystery to flow smoothly this time (although she still kept me guessing until the end). I will continue on with the series and hope the next book flows better and some unanswered questions are resolved.
Jun 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Darn it all, now I need to read the next one! hehehe.

I am a huge Colleen Coble fan, I happened upon one of her books last year at Barnes & Noble and thought "sure why not, it'll get me through the week" and it turns out I loved it!

Linda Pierce
Oct 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not many times in my reading do I simple put a book down, but this was one time - The book contained too many characters to keep up with. I usually read a book within 3 days, I've been on this book over a week and haven't made to to the halfway point - Staring a new one now!! ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is in the Rock Harbor Series and I read it out of sequence. Regardless, it is a great edge-of-your-seat book. I love Colleen Coble's ability to weave suspense and romance. If you like the two, you'll love this book, or any of Colleen Coble's books. ...more
A body found behind a wall in Bree's basement opens up a tangled mystery that was set aside years ago. (It also reminded me of a certain Adventures In Odyssey episode; the one where Whit finds a body in the basement of Whit's End).

I am liking that this series focuses on Bree the whole time, unlike some of Coble's other series where the main character changes each book. There are aspects of that way of writing that I like too, but this is nice. We see more of her growth in Christianity (includin
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know that there was a novel that preceded this one. I had questions all the way through this one where the author gave snippets of information. She never tied them up and now I know why! I have the first book on hold at the library so I will read it and things will get cleared up.

That said, I really enjoyed this book. Coble has a masterful way of weaving the story together with characters, their personalities, past histories and life dreams. I felt as though I was included in the inner
Janshea (Tobborah C.)
A slow but steady read that continues the story of the lives of Bree Nicholls and her neighbors in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Bree is struggling to trust God in her new faith, forgive herself, and reach her struggling, young son whom she finally rescued in the first book of the Rock Harbor series.

In this second installment, Bree finds a dead body in the basement wall, which leads to old mysteries re-emerging. Everyone in town seems to be affected by each bit of news uncovered and Bree’s buddin
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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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