Cape Refuge (Cape Refuge, No. 1)

by Terri Blackstock

Paperback, 2002



Call number




Zondervan (2002), 400 pages

Original publication date



Fiction. Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. HTML: A gripping tale from New York Times bestselling suspense author Terri Blackstock. When the kindest couple in Cape Refuge is found murdered at their church, their daughter will have to find the killer . . . before her own husband is convicted. Wade and Thelma Owens run a halfway house on the small island of Cape Refuge that caters to wayward souls just out of prison. So when Wade and Thelma turn up brutally murdered, the town goes into shock, concerned that one of the Hanover House residents is a murderer who could strike again. Shattered by her parents' deaths, Morgan Cleary struggles to keep Hanover House running while her husband, Jonathan, has been arrested for the murder. As the killer runs free, a lethal race against time ensues, with far more than the halfway house at stake. Full-length suspense novel with a thread of romance Part of the Cape Refuge series Book One: Cape Refuge Book Two: Southern Storm Book Three: River's Edge Book Four: Breaker's Reef .… (more)


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Physical description

400 p.; 8.5 inches


0310235928 / 9780310235927

User reviews

LibraryThing member popcornmanw
Blair and Morgan's parents are found murdered in their little
church. They inherit the church and Refuge House. Did one of the residents kill their parents or someone else.
LibraryThing member wearylibrarian
While driving to a call, the police chief of Cape Refuge hit and killed a man that stumbled out in front of him. Soon after, Chief Cade disappears. He was seen getting into a car with a beautiful woman so no one is searching for him, thinking he went off for a wild week. Turns out the woman he left
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with was the wife of the man he hit and killed. Some think Chief Cade intentionally killed the man so he could be with his wife. Others know that Cade was not that kind of man....or was he?

Meanwhile, newborn babies are being taken from hospitals. A cell phone call made from the missing chief's cell phone leads some to believe that Cade is involved with the kidnappings.

Who is right? Is Chief Cade involved in murder and kidnapping? Where did he go when he left with the widow of the man he killed?

I was hooked on this book from the start. It is a great series. Terri Blackstock's writing draws you into the pages of the book and you find yourself mingling with the characters of the book. I love a book I can lose myself in and this is that type of book.
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LibraryThing member lillieammann
Full of twists and turns, the story held my attention and kept me reading. I'm eager to read the next in the series.
LibraryThing member crazy4reading
I finished this book over the weekend and have to say that I really enjoyed the story. This is a Christian Fiction book and not the first one I have read. Cape Refuge was well written and was able to keep my attention.

I didn't feel like I was being preached to the whole time. The main characters
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were Blair and Morgan. Morgan has the faith and Blair questions the faith very often. When reading Cape Refuge I was able to understand how Blair could have doubts about God.

The story is about Blair and Morgan's parents business of taking in the less fortunate. They could be ex-cons, people down on their luck, even runaways. The town of Cape Refuge want to close Hanover House, and Thelma and Wayne are murdered. Now a mystery is added.
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LibraryThing member TammyPhillips
A very entertaining beginning to the series. Terri Blackstock tells a tale of small-town whodunit while weaving in authentic Christian inspiration and setting the scene for a possible future romance. I enjoyed the suspense and appreciated the fact that the answers weren't obvious. The story left me
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guessing until the very end and the story wants to continue without leaving me hanging. I am looking forward to what will happen next with Hanover House, Sadie and her baby brother Caleb, who were adopted by Morgan and Jonathan, and Chief Cade and his undeniable attraction to Blair, who herself is struggling with her faith and how she can be thought beautiful despite her disfigured face.
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LibraryThing member Barb_H
I read the ebook version from the library. This was a very good book. Suspenseful, interesting and enjoyable. Definitely going to check out more of Terri's books in the future.
LibraryThing member CarmenMilligan
I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It is Christian fiction, for which I normally do not care. There are a few things that kept me from giving this one 4 looks, and 2 looks (for that matter).

All of the typical trappings of Christina fiction are there: constant undercurrent of
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belief and talk of God and Jesus Christ; believers trying to convince nonbelievers (although Blackstock is not heavy-handed about this one, thank goodness); getting through hard times on faith and prayer. Pretty standard stuff for Christian writers.

The one thing that caused me to almost give 2 looks were the irritating characters. Blair is a pain in the rear. She is so opinionated, headstrong, stubborn and prideful that she is almost a caricature rather than a personality. Morgan whined through 3/4 of the book about not having her husband around. Jonathan was just an ass for most of the book.

What saved this book for me was the last half. The story was so compelling, fast-paced and surprising that I literally could not put it down. I found myself smiling at plot twists, raising my eyebrows at revelations and was completely satisfied at the end.

Another saving grace is that not everything in this book was tidy, much like life. Everyone didn't live happily ever after, but continued with trials and tribulations. Too many Christians like to portray perfection once you accept Jesus as your Savior, but that's simply not true. Jesus provides a way to get through life, not escape from it. Blackstock understands this and uses it well in this book. I will read more by this author.
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LibraryThing member yvonne.sevignykaiser
One of the better Christian fiction books that I have read. Good plausible storyline and did have me guessing.
LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
This is a book that I may have read previous to starting a Shelfari shelf or I may have read later books in the series out of order. I didn't remember much of it, but toward the end, I knew who certain people were before the author revealed it--that's not something I can usually do with much
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accuracy and being 100% accurate seems too coincidental to not know something about the series.

I identify with people asking "why" a certain evil event happened and/or why God allowed it to happen. Yes, God is all powerful, and He could choose to step in and stop events happening, but sometimes the event is for a larger good or it causes someone else to be open to hearing about God in a way that they wouldn't be otherwise. Still, it is a very tough thing when it hits your family.
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LibraryThing member sgilbraith
There were some things with the book that were overlooked, but it was better than most Christian suspense I have read lately. I would actually rate it 3.5 stars if possible.
LibraryThing member AMKitty
Unabridged audio. DNF at 25%

Part of my irritation was the syrupy accent the narrator used for the voice characterizations. I was raised in the South, so the accent doesn’t bother me, but audiobook narrators don’t need to use regional accents unless it is integral to the plot. Knowing the
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setting is Tybee Island is sufficient.

The other annoyance was Morgan. If I had to listen to one more whining, sobbing dialogue of “what about my husband? I neeeeeeed him. Oh, poor, pitiful, incapable-of-being-an-adult me,” I swear I was going to reach through the audio pages and slap the snot out of her.

Sister Blair was moderately likeable. Angry all the time and prone to jump into the kool-aid without knowing the flavor, but she’s working through issues. Maybe she would have become more interesting as the story continued. I’ll never know.

The overall tone of the story is high drama. Not interesting-dramatic-drama. More like drama-llama-drama. Could be my mood, but the longer I listened, the more I hated the characters with their over the top reactions. Maybe I’ll try this book another time. If that makes a difference, I will update my rating.
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