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Her Ocean Grave

(Detective Abby Pearce #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Over the cliff edge, she sees a broken body on the jutting rocks below, the waves crashing all around. She can’t see the girl’s face, which is covered by her long, brown hair. But she knows her. She met her just yesterday…

When Samantha Claymore doesn’t return home after an afternoon bicycle ride on Martha’s Vineyard, Detective Abby Pearce acts immediately. She knows from e
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Published June 2nd 2021 by Bookouture
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4.5 ⭐️ rounded down.

After liking the author’s previous book, The Golden Girl, I was happy to request this one and I really enjoyed it. It looks like the start of a new series so I’ll be keeping an eye out for a follow up.

Detective Abby Pearce has come home to Martha’s Vineyard and joined the Cedar Cliffs police department as its only detective after 10 years with the NYPD. She couldn’t quite let go of the guilt over her partner’s death on the job and her drinking was out of control. This was to
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
The story looked interesting when I thought of reading the book, and it certainly was. This is a well written story with some good twists. An easy and smooth read.

Abby Pearce moves to the small town of Cedar Cliffs in Martha’s Vineyard as a detective in its police force, after being in NYPD before this. Memories of some past incidents (including her divorce) continue to plague her as she tries her best to move ahead. She is assigned to what is the most visible case in recent times when Samantha
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Sixteen year old Samantha Claymore is missing and her wealthy mother and stepfather are worried.

This story takes us to the tony and wealthy island of Martha’s Vineyard, vacation-land to the rich and famous. When Samantha Claymore daughter of Valerie Claymore the scion of Claymore Cosmetics doesn't return home from a bike ride, Detective Abby Pearce is called in. Newly arrived back on Martha's Vineyard after a stint working in the New York City Police Department, Abby is well aware of what can an
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Her Ocean Grave is the first instalment in the Detective Abby Pearce series set in Cedar Cliffs on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Having studied to become a police officer at the Police Academy in New York City, Abby Pearce joined the 13th Precinct in Manhattan and had risen to become a decorated and prominent NYPD Homicide Detective. She had been in NY for a decade but after witnessing the death of her partner, Tommy Ferraro, who died in her arms, she started to self-destruct; ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of Her Ocean Grave, the first novel to feature Detective Abby Pearce, set on Martha’s Vineyard.

Abby Pearce returns to her childhood home of Martha’s Vineyard after 10 successful years with the NYPD. She’s looking for a quieter pace of life, but it’s not to be when she has to investigate the biggest case ever on the island, the disappearance of 16 year year old Sam Claymore, daughter of a successful cosmetics CEO.

I enjoyed Her Oc
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2021-reads
I’ve been told that writing a police procedural is a challenging task, but I found this book to be well-plotted, well-paced and well-written. Once I discovered that the author is really an accomplished author and journalist, Richard Belsky, I knew I was in for a treat.

Perry tells the story of a former NYPD homicide detective who returns after 10 years to her small hometown police force on Martha’s Vineyard. When a teenage girl mysteriously goes missing during a bike ride, it sends shock waves t
Secrets , lies , drama , twists and turns that will have you asking yourself who do you believe , and a female character that knowns she has a problem , which is one the reasons why i liked the main character so much , she didn't try to hide it . ...more
Detective Abby Pearce features in this début instalment in a brand new series from Dana Perry. Abby returns to Martha’s Vineyard for a more peaceful life than she had as a homicide detective in the NYPD. However, some resent her experience that clinches her the only detective position in her hometown and she also struggles with her complicated past on the island. When a teenage heiress, Samantha Claymore goes missing after a bike ride to Edgartown where she had planned to go shopping and eat lun ...more
Karen McGarry
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a fabulously gripping novel Her Ocean Grave is! I loved how Abby was a strong woman struggling with alcohol whilst being a law enforcement officer. Sam is missing and Abby is the only detective in the local force so is the one searching for Sam. Her investigations prove that other young girls have gone missing from the area and Sam had her suspect..........
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
The blurb intrigued me. There is action from the start with a light hand. Its a mystery a good mystery which had some surprises. To me any book that throws me some surprise is a win. It took a while to engage, to care about Abby and as she grew on me the more invested I was in the book. This is not a dark read although some darkness is there its dealt with a lighter touch. Bodies, families with issues and a small costal town. A quick read. Thank you NetGalley, Bookouture and Dana Perry for the a ...more
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of Her Ocean Grave by Dana Perry that I read and reviewed.
This is the first book in the Detective Abby Pearce series by Dana Perry and even though I am not usually I big fan of books told in the first person and this book did start a bit slowly by the end I was intrigued by the main character and am looking forward to more from this author who was new to me with this book.
I found the story main character very relatable because she was so flawed and she had so many
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Abby Pearce left her detective job in the NYPD and returned to her home town in Cape Cod to take a detective job there. When a 16 year old girl from a rich family that is vacationing in town disappears, Abby has her first big case to solve on the new job.

This was a good solid mystery and a quick read. There was nothing fantastic about it and I liked the 2 previous books from this author a little more but
Mackenzie Schley
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Detective Abby Pearce relocated to Martha’s Vineyard for a more peaceful life than she had as a homicide detective in the NYPD, but that isn’t exactly what she got. There’s some resentment about her “big city” experience garnering her the only detective position and some struggles with her own complicated past on the island when all of the sudden the spotlight is shining right one her when a teena
Kirsty Bookworm86
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Review for 'Her Ocean Grave' by Dana Perry.

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Dana Perry, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous

Publication date 2nd June 2021.

This is the first book I have read by this author. It is also the first book in the 'Detective Abby Pearce' series.

I was originally drawn to this book by its eye catching beaitiful cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that this book is 'Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Kendra Elliot a
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It is said, though I do not know the source of the quote, that a brave soldier never looks back. I take this to mean that it’s a bad move generally to revisit past glories and/or failures, and that one should always look face forward. The past has passed; it’s history; what’s done is done and there’s no need to dwell on what might have happened if circumstances and feelings were different. If this was indeed the case, then therapists would be out of business and writers would run out of material ...more
Lisa Toner
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
After her marriage breaks down and her partner is shot dead before her eyes, Detective Abby Pearce, a young, decorated homicide detective in New York City, returns home to Martha’s Vineyard for a change of pace, joining the police force in her hometown. Not long after her arrival, a teenager named Samantha Claymore, the daughter of the wealthy founder of a cosmetics company, disappears. Abby, the small-town force’s only detective, is assigned the case.

After having conducted searches and making
Renita D'Silva
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Just wonderful. Heart thuddingly suspenseful. Loved loved loved this one. The characters come alive on the page and you find yourself riveted. Action packed and thrilling. Do yourself a favour and read this one.
Tracy Wood
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Detective Abby Pearce is back on her home island of Martha’s Vineyard needing to escape the trauma of her life as a well-known NYPD homicide officer. Her childhood as part of the small community however, wasn't a carefree experience either and life is still tough. As a recovering alcoholic she knows this is likely to be her last chance to stay in the job she loves and with a low level of local crime she hopes to get her life back on track.

All her plans go out the window when Samantha Claymore t
Pauline Cassie
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
A new series from a new-to-me author were two good reasons to dive into Her Ocean Grave by Dana Perry.

I really liked the history of Det. Abby Pearce's childhood in Martha's Vineyard, her move away and now, her return.

I liked her tenacity. As a former NYC detective, she honed the skills that she takes home with her. Skills that ultimately help solve her first big case on the island.

These things all helped when I struggled for about 10% of the book, but determination and a storyline that suddenly
Janilyn Kocher
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have a confession. I have a serious addiction to mystery series starring female detectives. After I became addicted to 8 separate series I swore no more. Well, I fell off the wagon. Her Ocean Grave is a new series based on Martha’s Vineyard. I love the setting. I like that the author uses the first person narrative. It makes it so different from the other series. Perry wrote a very creative, intricate plot. Abby Pearce is flawed and she makes no pretense about it. She is a good sleuth and take ...more
marnie | once upon a time book reviews
Having read and loved Dana Perry’s Jessie Tucker series, I was excited to see that Her Ocean Grave was the start of something new (although I still need more Jessie Tucker Mr Perry..) For this new offering, we have Detective Abby Pearce who I instantly connected with and found to be a great lead.

This story and it’s picturesque Martha’s Vineyard setting really pulled me in and had my undivided attention. For the fictional town of Cedar Falls, nothing major ever happens so when Samantha Claymore,
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this blog tour and for my copy of this book via Netgalley. I really enjoyed Dana’s previous books so I was excited to dive into this one.

Detective Abby Pearce has had a difficult past and returning to her home town is bringing back lots
Misfits farm
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it

Abby is a detective on Martha's Vineyard which is a small island. Her previous posting was in NewYork until she lost her partner and through her drinking also lost her husband. She grew up around the Vineyard so it seemed a good place to escape to. A young woman has gone missing- a young woman from a very wealthy family who pertains to be close to her but on closer examination knows little about their daughter. The blood father died in a boat accident when the rest of the occupants managed to sw
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I hardly ever read detective books because I don’t usually enjoy them, but I thought I’d dip my toe in the crime pool and see if I changed my mind. Her Ocean Grave was so gripping and twisty and I enjoyed every minute. So much so that I’m looking forward to reading book 2!
Detective Abby Pearce is back in her hometown and ready to start over. Abby enjoyed her job as an NYPD detective but when she tragically looses her partner and takes up drinking she knows she must make a drastic change or lose
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Detective Abby Pearce is a fascinating character. Dana Perry does an excellent job introducing us to her and then revealing more and more intriguing pieces of information about her past as the story continues. But Detective Pearce is intelligent, dedicated, and struggling with some personal demons – namely alcoholism. I really liked Detective Pearce, and I thought she made an excellent detective.

Everyone is a little shocked when their little corner of Martha’s Vineyard becomes ground zero for a
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-read
Caveat: I'm a big fan of this author's books, both the Clare Carlson series written by R.G. Belsky and the Jessie Tucker series penned under Dana Perry. Would I enjoy this book, the first in another series, as much as I have all his previous books?

Her Ocean Grave checked off many boxes of what I enjoy in a book.

√ The story flowed, along with the captivating suspense, from page 1 to the last word.

√ The setting description, within the narrative, was so vivid that while sitting on my deck reading,
Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
First, I want to thank Dana Perry, Bookouture and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

Her Ocean Grave by Dana Perry is unlike no other missing child case that I have read before-and I have read a lot of them. Even in the prologue you get the strong vibe that this isn’t your typical book.

This is the story of missing Samantha Claymore. Things I found odd about this case was her Mother “said” she was close with her but honestly knew nothing about her daughter w
Sharon Grow
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A complex and fascinating mystery! Detective Abby Pearce has left her painful past as a homicide detective with the NYPD for her home in Cedar Cliffs. Her addiction to alcohol and broken marriage have led her to her current position as the only detective on her small-town force. Her first major case involves teen Samantha Claymore who went for a bike ride and hasn’t returned. She is the daughter of a wealthy woman whose husband, Samantha’s father, drowned several years ago. His body was never fo ...more
Danielle Bush
May 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
While this book had an interesting plot: A girl goes missing during an afternoon bike ride on an island, there is no indication of foul play she seems to have dissapeared into thin air.
I had a had time getting into this story. While I do think it was well written, I felt like I was reading facts instead of being told a story that I could imagine in my head. Like I was watching a police procedural tv show that felt the need to explain every single detail of every thing. I didn't get any feeling
Apr 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Detective Abby Pearce returns back to Martha’s Vineyard, she left right after high school and didn’t look back. Now she is home leaving behind a successful career at the NYPD, failed marriage, death of her partner, but her troubles and memories are her companions. 6 week into Abby’s the new job 16 year old Samantha Claymore doesn’t return home after a bike ride, run away, kidnapping, or … the more Abby looks into it the more flags get raised. Who can she trust?
This was an easy read, it took me
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