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From USA TODAY
bestselling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble comes a riveting
mystery that draws together a plane crash, a lost husband and son, a
violent crime, and a mother and her search-and-rescue dog who will stop
at nothing to bring the child home.
 

It’s been
months since the crash. K-9 search-and-rescue worker Bree Nicholls
knows the chances of finding her husband and son in the vast wilderness
of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula grow more remote by the day. But her
heart and her faithful dog, Samson, demand she keep
searching.

Deep in the woods a young boy wakes in a tiny cabin.
He’s being nursed back to health by a reclusive woman, but he
can’t figure out why she calls him by a name he doesn’t
recognize. Or why she’s calling herself his mother. He wants to
leave, but as winter sets in, his very life depends on her
care.

Meanwhile, Bree’s relentless determination to find her
family has uncovered a violent crime. With the help of Park Ranger Kade
Matthews, she discovers the violence may be linked to the plane crash
that took her family. Could solving the crime bring her peace with her
own loss? Or, more incredibly, reunite her family?

Set in the
untamed beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Rock Harbor
novels draw readers into the life and adventures of a canine
search-and-rescue team as it unravels the secrets of an enchanting
wilderness.

“Colleen is a master storyteller.”
—Karen Kingsbury, New York Times bestselling
author 

“Suspense, action, mystery, spiritual
victory—Colleen Coble has woven them all into a compelling novel
that will keep you flipping pages until the very end.”
—James Scott Bell, author of Deadlock and A Higher
Justice

“Colleen Coble hooked me on page one, then
reeled me into her story with a cast of characters I can’t wait to
meet again, a plot so intricately woven that I marveled at its
construction, and a mystery that kept me guessing until the final pages.
Without a Trace is a page-turning, eye-misting,
don’t-miss-it masterpiece!” —Deborah Raney, author of
A Scarlet Cord and Beneath a Summer
Sky
 

“I couldn’t turn the pages of
Without a Trace fast enough. The suspense built with each new
chapter, right up to the breathless conclusion. This is a series readers
won’t want to miss!” —Robin Lee Hatcher, bestselling
author of You’ll Think of Me and You’re Gonna
Love Me


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Reviews for Without a Trace (Rock Harbor Series):

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Oct 19, 2017

Without a Trace was a fun enough suspense novel, but not quite as engrossing as I'd like. I think that sometimes Coble's writing style just comes across a bit lack-luster for me, which is totally a matter of personal taste as I know she has many fans. The mystery itself actually did take me by surprise, as I was not expecting the culprit one bit. Bree is a bit of a weak character at the beginning, and I really didn't like how she let some of the other characters jerk her around. However, as the Without a Trace was a fun enough suspense novel, but not quite as engrossing as I'd like. I think that sometimes Coble's writing style just comes across a bit lack-luster for me, which is totally a matter of personal taste as I know she has many fans. The mystery itself actually did take me by surprise, as I was not expecting the culprit one bit. Bree is a bit of a weak character at the beginning, and I really didn't like how she let some of the other characters jerk her around. However, as the story progresses, she finds some inner fortitude that helped me enjoy her character a bit more.

I haven't one iota of knowledge about rescue dogs, so I found those details to be fascinating, and they came across realistic to me. The setting, with it's harsh coldness and impressive terrain, also came across strongly to me as well. There were times that I felt like this series would make a really good TV show. :)

So, all in all, although there were some things I loved and some things I felt apathetic about with this story, I am glad I finally read it and do plan on reading the rest of the series at some point. ...more
4

Jul 26, 2008

There were numerous facets of this book that made it great to read - characters with longings and friendships that I could relate to, losses to overcome, and a mystery to solve. Plus, the analogy of the great "Hound of Heaven" really spoke to my heart. The author made that analogy come alive for me in a way it never had before. Oh - and then there's the whole "mom" thing, about how deep and strong that bond is. Plus, I enjoyed the setting in Michigan's U.P.

The only difficulty I had with the book There were numerous facets of this book that made it great to read - characters with longings and friendships that I could relate to, losses to overcome, and a mystery to solve. Plus, the analogy of the great "Hound of Heaven" really spoke to my heart. The author made that analogy come alive for me in a way it never had before. Oh - and then there's the whole "mom" thing, about how deep and strong that bond is. Plus, I enjoyed the setting in Michigan's U.P.

The only difficulty I had with the book was that there were so many characters introduced in the first couple of chapters. I lost track of who was who, and had to go back and read those chapters again for it all to make sense. But once I got past that, the book drew me in and kept my attention to the end. ...more
4

May 27, 2018

Ah, a very satisfying and twisty mystery in this one. I’d say this is one of Coble’s best efforts. I had a hard time getting into it, but past around the 40% mark I was fully absorbed in the story and I liked the Christian message as well. I have plenty of interest in the side characters and some ongoing questions about some incidents in the book that I’ll definitely be reading more in this series.
4

Oct 21, 2016

by Andrea Renee Cox

Without a Trace is a good mystery that featured search-and-rescue dogs, which is a neat thing I haven't seen much in fiction. I was disappointed that there was heavy emphasis on affairs, which is why I can't give this book five stars. A solid mystery with interesting characters. No expletives that I noticed, which was nice. I had noticed one in a previous Colleen Coble book, so I was hesitant about reading this one, but I'm glad it was chosen for me by a friend on Goodreads. by Andrea Renee Cox

Without a Trace is a good mystery that featured search-and-rescue dogs, which is a neat thing I haven't seen much in fiction. I was disappointed that there was heavy emphasis on affairs, which is why I can't give this book five stars. A solid mystery with interesting characters. No expletives that I noticed, which was nice. I had noticed one in a previous Colleen Coble book, so I was hesitant about reading this one, but I'm glad it was chosen for me by a friend on Goodreads. I'm looking forward to reading more books in the Rock Harbor series.

This is my honest review. ...more
4

Oct 17, 2017

Solid suspense novel to begin the Rock Harbor Series. I especially enjoyed the aspects of the one year old cold case.
1

Dec 15, 2014

Do you like reading about women who run away to the bathroom to cry over something silly? Do you like being introduced to a dizzying array of characters with no development that are impossible to keep track of? How about gender-bending names or dog names that could be people's names just to make it more complicated? You must love an interesting intro only to have to wade through chapters and chapters of nothing happening for any sort of follow up. Then, this is the book for you! The book has Do you like reading about women who run away to the bathroom to cry over something silly? Do you like being introduced to a dizzying array of characters with no development that are impossible to keep track of? How about gender-bending names or dog names that could be people's names just to make it more complicated? You must love an interesting intro only to have to wade through chapters and chapters of nothing happening for any sort of follow up. Then, this is the book for you! The book has strong Christian tie ins. I finished it, but it really was a terrible book. ...more
4

Mar 02, 2018

A lifetime resident of Michigan, The Rock Harbor series caught my eye. I've enjoyed other books by Colleen Coble, and enjoyed this first book in the series very much! Winning characters and a picturesque backdrop make this a great combination. The story moves along at a good pace, and although a bit predictable, the story was no disappointment. The term "nor'easter" was used a few times when describing a brutal winter weather phenomenon. This term is not pertinent to the Great Lakes region. An A lifetime resident of Michigan, The Rock Harbor series caught my eye. I've enjoyed other books by Colleen Coble, and enjoyed this first book in the series very much! Winning characters and a picturesque backdrop make this a great combination. The story moves along at a good pace, and although a bit predictable, the story was no disappointment. The term "nor'easter" was used a few times when describing a brutal winter weather phenomenon. This term is not pertinent to the Great Lakes region. An "Alberta (Canadian) Clipper" would be the appropriate term for us, but that is only something a Michigan resident might spot. A winning mystery in my estimation! ...more
4

Jul 14, 2017

Book one in Colleen Coble's Rock Harbor Series sets up the town of Rock Harbor Michigan on Lake Superior and features Bree Nichols, a widow, whose young son and husband disappeared in a supposed plane crash. Bree is a member of Rock Harbor's Search and Rescue team along with her dog Samson.

The small town of Rock Harbor is full of all sorts of interesting, loveable, and sometimes evil people. Bree is obsessed with finding the wreck of her husband's plane to bring closure to her life so she can Book one in Colleen Coble's Rock Harbor Series sets up the town of Rock Harbor Michigan on Lake Superior and features Bree Nichols, a widow, whose young son and husband disappeared in a supposed plane crash. Bree is a member of Rock Harbor's Search and Rescue team along with her dog Samson.

The small town of Rock Harbor is full of all sorts of interesting, loveable, and sometimes evil people. Bree is obsessed with finding the wreck of her husband's plane to bring closure to her life so she can move on. She only has faith in herself and no relationship with God. When evil catches up with her and bad things start to happen, Bree has a difficult time.

This book is focused predominantly on the suspense element with just a touch of romance. I loved the connection between Bree and her best friend Naomi as well as her mother-in-law Anu. They really supported one another no matter what was happening. Kade exasperated me as he tried to develop a relationship with Bree, but he never let her know how he really felt. It was almost like he expected her to read his mind. Coble includes a good faith thread throughout the storyline. The surprise ending was predictable but still really good.

I couldn't wait to find out what happened next in Rock Harbor so I have already read Book 2 in this series. Definitely would recommend this to readers of Irene Hannon or Lisa Harris. ...more
4

Sep 11, 2018

Without a Trace is book one in the Rock Harbor Series by Colleen Coble. Bree was still grieving for the loss of her son and husband in a plane crash when mysterious her sister-law Fay died. At first Sheriff Mason Kaleva and ranger Kade Matthews through it was a hiking accident until Samson and Charlie found more of Fay's blood elsewhere. The readers of Without a Trace will follow the investigation into Fay's death and would be surprised with the conclusion of this book.

Without a Trace is the Without a Trace is book one in the Rock Harbor Series by Colleen Coble. Bree was still grieving for the loss of her son and husband in a plane crash when mysterious her sister-law Fay died. At first Sheriff Mason Kaleva and ranger Kade Matthews through it was a hiking accident until Samson and Charlie found more of Fay's blood elsewhere. The readers of Without a Trace will follow the investigation into Fay's death and would be surprised with the conclusion of this book.

Without a Trace is the second book I have read by Colleen Coble and it is an enjoyable, suspenseful packed book. I like the way Colleen Coble portrays her characters and the interaction between them. Without a Trace is well written and researched by Colleen Coble. I love the way Colleen Coble incorporated the search and rescue dogs to highlight their importance when people are missing in rugged terrain. Describing the plot and the settings were done well by Colleen Coble.

The readers of Without a Trace will learn about the role of rangers and law enforcement in small communities. Without a Trace highlights the consequences of greed on a person and everyone around them.

I recommend this book ...more
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Jan 12, 2015

I really wanted to like this book. The characters were underdeveloped and God kept getting randomly dropped into the story. I kept picturing am episode of Scooby Doo with the stereotypical small town and characters that start bad and turn good and vice versa. At times there was a little suspense which is the only reason I didn't put it down before finishing.
5

Aug 18, 2014

Yesterday, I reviewed the book, “The Butterfly Palace” by Colleen Coble. I gave it only three stars, mostly because of personal preference. However, since that time, I’ve read another book by the same author, “Without a Trace,” which is the first book of the Rock Harbor Series. Honestly, I have to tell you that I LOVED this book by Ms. Coble.

What I liked: A Question is raised at the beginning of the book: whether Bree Nichols will find the place where the plane containing her husband and son Yesterday, I reviewed the book, “The Butterfly Palace” by Colleen Coble. I gave it only three stars, mostly because of personal preference. However, since that time, I’ve read another book by the same author, “Without a Trace,” which is the first book of the Rock Harbor Series. Honestly, I have to tell you that I LOVED this book by Ms. Coble.

What I liked: A Question is raised at the beginning of the book: whether Bree Nichols will find the place where the plane containing her husband and son had crashed. Seeking the answer to that question was the reason I got no work done today; I kept sneaking back to read another chapter. I thought the insights into the practices of search and rescue dogs was very informative. Ms. Coble certainly uses every tool at her disposal to keep her readers turning pages and interested in finding answers to the mysteries as they unfolded. The characters are so believable that the reader can’t help but feel their pain and anticipation. And the suspense escalated as secrets and hints turned into fear and murder.

What I didn’t like: Nothing. I enjoyed reading every page.

This book has everything: Romance, suspense, mystery, and intrigue. And even though I gave yesterday’s book by Ms. Coble three stars, this book has encouraged me to read more by the same author. Over all, I definitely give this book five stars, and it’s worth every star!
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Dec 27, 2014

The story was interesting, but I found it fairly predictable. This was Christian fiction, which was not identified anywhere in the description that I bought it from; it was represented as a mystery. While this did not necessarily bother me, it came off as a little preachy. The main character's sudden transformation from a non-believer to a believer was a little over the top and unbelievable.
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Jan 09, 2010

I kept checking to make sure this really wasn't the second book in the series. The description leads one to believe that the plane crash occurs in this book. How am I, the reader, supposed to relate to Bree when I know nothing of her relationship with her son and husband? There was no character development, and the plot was so obviously predictible. Bree's overly calm encounter with Rachel at the end of the book would never have happened in real life. This is the first one of Colleen Coble's I kept checking to make sure this really wasn't the second book in the series. The description leads one to believe that the plane crash occurs in this book. How am I, the reader, supposed to relate to Bree when I know nothing of her relationship with her son and husband? There was no character development, and the plot was so obviously predictible. Bree's overly calm encounter with Rachel at the end of the book would never have happened in real life. This is the first one of Colleen Coble's books I have read. I won't be looking for any more. There are so many other Christian fiction authors I prefer reading. ...more
4

Jun 25, 2019

This book was soooooo good!!! I loved they mystery and suspense! Bree, Samson, Charley, and Naomi are so cool. I loved learning about search and rescue dogs.:)
4

Apr 28, 2019

This was a good story. Nice plot. Not overly predictable. The characters were pretty well-developed. It kept my interest, but it was not un-put-down-able.
4

Jun 09, 2009

Wow, what a great christian story that keeps your wondering through out the whole book. It was a great mystery finding out what happened to Bree's husband and her son. The book kept your interest by giving you ideas of several options of what could of happened to her family with all the twist and turns - starting out with knowing that her husband and son were in a plane crash but didn't know where the crash site was. With the help of her search and resue dog "Sam" and the help of her family and Wow, what a great christian story that keeps your wondering through out the whole book. It was a great mystery finding out what happened to Bree's husband and her son. The book kept your interest by giving you ideas of several options of what could of happened to her family with all the twist and turns - starting out with knowing that her husband and son were in a plane crash but didn't know where the crash site was. With the help of her search and resue dog "Sam" and the help of her family and friends the plot thickens when one of the friends is killed and leaves you to wonder who murdered the friend and how it relates to the disapearing of Bree's family. There were parts in the story that really disterbed me when it came to the part of Bree's son who evidently survives but is being held captive by a strange lady. The actions of the disturbed lady really got to me and by the end of the book I had to say a prayer to keep all the bad thoughts of how I wanted the disturbed lady to pay for the things she did to the boy. But overall, the key to the story is to trust in God and learn to lean on him for guidence; learn to forgive and be thankful. ...more
5

Aug 29, 2013

I picked up Colleen Coble's book A Cry in the Night and was so drawn into the storyline I had to go looking for the rest of the series. Without a Trace is the beginning of this multi book series and it is quite a story. The main character Bri is struggling through life after loosing both her husband and young son in a plane crash in which the wreckage and remains are still unrecovered. Bri continues to make a life for herself in the small community of Rock Harbor using her search and rescue I picked up Colleen Coble's book A Cry in the Night and was so drawn into the storyline I had to go looking for the rest of the series. Without a Trace is the beginning of this multi book series and it is quite a story. The main character Bri is struggling through life after loosing both her husband and young son in a plane crash in which the wreckage and remains are still unrecovered. Bri continues to make a life for herself in the small community of Rock Harbor using her search and rescue skills with her beloved dog Samson.
But all is not well in the little town and when an acquaintance turns up dead and clues point to murder, Bri begins a journey to find answers that only lead to more questions. In this tight knit community, suddenly friends become suspects and the truth may be more shocking than anyone realized.
I really enjoyed this book as well as A Cry in the Night and am looking forward to completing the series. Colleen writes with a page turner style of suspense and is gifted in creating characters it is easy to fall in love with. ...more
5

May 14, 2009

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. excellant book! I've found another great author to persue. Bree Nichols is a Canine search and rescuer and has been searching for her son and husbands downed plane for the past year. She has put her life on hold to find the closure she needs. Then there is a rescue that involves finding children and they talk of the witch in the woods that fed them and then brought them to the road where they were rescued. Their accounts were thought to be imaginative, until more people and later a dead woman excellant book! I've found another great author to persue. Bree Nichols is a Canine search and rescuer and has been searching for her son and husbands downed plane for the past year. She has put her life on hold to find the closure she needs. Then there is a rescue that involves finding children and they talk of the witch in the woods that fed them and then brought them to the road where they were rescued. Their accounts were thought to be imaginative, until more people and later a dead woman also talked of a women with the brown leather hat from the woods. People who Bree has known for 5 years are all suspects in the murders and you won't believe who the guilty party is or what else happens when the women in the woods or witch of the woods is found. ...more
3

Nov 19, 2009

I read this book along with my book club - it was a decent book. Though the plot was interesting, there was a lot of stilted conversation and unnatural development of relationships between characters. I was wondering if this was one of the firs series that Colleen Coble wrote, because on other books I've read by her, the plot and character development seems a little better. All in all, it was an entertaining read and I am planning on reading the other two books in the series now that I've read I read this book along with my book club - it was a decent book. Though the plot was interesting, there was a lot of stilted conversation and unnatural development of relationships between characters. I was wondering if this was one of the firs series that Colleen Coble wrote, because on other books I've read by her, the plot and character development seems a little better. All in all, it was an entertaining read and I am planning on reading the other two books in the series now that I've read the first one. ...more
4

Sep 22, 2009

I happened across this book by fluke at a local book store that was clearing a bunch of paperback novels out. I enjoy novels set in more remote locations like this one is, set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan which is what drew me into this book.
Although I don't consider myself religious is anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've currently read two of the Rock Harbor Mysteries.
3

Jun 13, 2011

A good mystery that kept my interest yet the characters weren't developed enough for me to remember who was who and who was related to whom. And there were some elements of the story that were a bit unbelievable, thus only 3 stars. Not interested enough to read the rest in the series.
2

May 26, 2013

Way too predictable. Coming off an amazing book by Tana French so maybe I'm being too hard on Coble. The sophistication of the plot, character dev and writing is just too simple. Lots of great reviews for this book but doesn't seem worth the time. Probably a good series for early teen girls?
4

Jul 03, 2019

3 + not quite a 4 but I rounded up
This is the first book in the Rock Harbor series. I read Beneath the Copper Falls which is much later in the Rock Harbor series. I enjoyed it and decided to go back and read the first. I don’t recommended reading out of order. I do love these characters but having read a later story, I knew a lot about the characters. Some actually show up in other stories ~ Bree and Samson were in Tidewater Inn
I enjoyed the author’s note in the beginning about her 3 + not quite a 4 but I rounded up
This is the first book in the Rock Harbor series. I read Beneath the Copper Falls which is much later in the Rock Harbor series. I enjoyed it and decided to go back and read the first. I don’t recommended reading out of order. I do love these characters but having read a later story, I knew a lot about the characters. Some actually show up in other stories ~ Bree and Samson were in Tidewater Inn
I enjoyed the author’s note in the beginning about her grandmother.
I do enjoy Christian mysteries. No profanity (I love best sellers but don’t get why f-bombs are so popular and “cool” Yikes totally beyond my comprehension!)
I know Christian mysteries aren’t for everyone, however if you enjoy Jay Shetty’s Inspirational stories and messages, you might just like Colleen Coble ...more
5

May 19, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. While it had kind of a slow start without much on-the-edge-of-your-seat adventure, I enjoyed the easy start in this book because I was able to get to know these characters. I quickly grew to love Anu, Bree, Naomi, and Kade. Don't let the easy start fool you, though, this was a great, suspenseful book, especially as you reached 3/4 of the way through the book.

What I Liked: Colleen Coble did a fantastic job weaving this story. The end shocked me because the culprit who I really enjoyed this book. While it had kind of a slow start without much on-the-edge-of-your-seat adventure, I enjoyed the easy start in this book because I was able to get to know these characters. I quickly grew to love Anu, Bree, Naomi, and Kade. Don't let the easy start fool you, though, this was a great, suspenseful book, especially as you reached 3/4 of the way through the book.

What I Liked: Colleen Coble did a fantastic job weaving this story. The end shocked me because the culprit who was responsible for the murder was not who I was expecting. I won't say any more for fear of giving something away. But I was cheering Bree on as she continued to search for the plane wreck her husband and son went down in and the bittersweet ending of joy and sorrow mixed in.

One thing I liked about this book is in that so many stories the guy and girl are immediately attracted to each other and that didn't happen with Bree and Kade. They quickly grew to have an attraction for each other, but it was not immediate and I also liked that they weren't head over heels in love, either. They were rational and were FRIENDS first and then that steadily grew into something deeper. Bree didn't even like Kade at first.

Naomi was probably one of my favorite characters, if not my favorite. She is sweet and an encourager and that was refreshing to see in this story. I just really liked her for some reason and I'm glad she has a role in future books.

The Christian element in this book was actually stronger than I was thinking it was going to be and that was a nice surprise.

What I Didn't Like: I don't think there was anything I didn't like in this book. This is a murder mystery, but I feel that the author handled everything tastefully.

I give this book 5 stars for an enjoyable story that kept me guessing until the very end with a good Christian message in it.
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5

Aug 12, 2019

Such a good mystery/thriller (without being creepy/gory! Read in 2 days because I couldn’t put it down. Excited for the next two in the series! Definitely recommend.

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