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The Bay at Midnight

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  4,298 ratings  ·  402 reviews
It's been more than forty years since Julie's sister died, but the memories still haunt her. Now, a phone call from someone in her past raises questions about what really happened that night. There are plenty of questions surrounding the tragedy. With the help of Ethan Chapman, Julie begins to piece together what really happened that hot August night at Bays Head Shore.
Hardcover, Large Print, 495 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Center Point (first published February 1st 2005)
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Mystery writer Julie Bauer is surprised when the daughter of a childhood friend turns up on her doorstep, bringing with her evidence that the man convicted of killing Julie's sister years ago might have been innocent.

Combines mystery and romantic suspense. Well-drawn, emotional characters and lots of family relationship issues. Highly recommend.
Ok, finished this one in less than a week. I swear I felt like I was there in 1962 at the Jersey Shore. Really enjoyed this one. She keeps you guessing right up until the end!
Kristi, A Book Fanatic
Diane Chamberlain is one of my favorite authors. This book was a fantastic read -- I found myself thinking about the characters while I was unable to read -- I love books like that!! This book revolves around a family that suffered a tragic loss during the summer of 1962 while vacationing at the Jersey Shore. The oldest daughter Isabel is murdered, and this family has went on with life but never fully recorded. This book starts 40 years in the present after a new revelation in the case has happe ...more
The story is decent I guess? But the plots are a bit too predicable? Too much drama on teenage pregnancy at the middle part of the book? The Main Character is a bit on the unlikable side? I mean, no wonder her daughter has problems with her.
Another great read - I really love the way Diane's books flow so well.
I enjoyed this novel because it was suspenseful and had interesting characters.
A good mystery. I liked it a lot.
Diane Will
This is my second read by this author and it won't be my last. I love how she writes a tale.

A night in summer of l962 will be a night that won't be forgotten by Julie and her family. It is the night that her sister Isabel is found dead in the summer of 1962 when they are at their summer holiday home. Memories of that fatal night live with the family, but could the person who was convicted of her supposed murder have actually been wrongly accused when a childhood friend, Ethan, turns up on the do
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
The Bay at Midnight was a longer book than I usually read, although it kept me interested and completely entertained from cover to cover. This book is much deeper than your normal chick lit or beach read, but not too intellectual.

A story filled with family secrets that eek out slowly enough not to ruin the plausible twist ending. With all mysteries, my fear lies in discovering the ending too soon. Not so with this book. I enjoyed every chapter that bounced between different points of view and di
Judy Collins
THE BAY AT MIDNIGHT was extraordinary! I tend to start with an author's newer books, fall in love with their style--then quickly devouring their backlist. "A 2006 hidden gem."

Each of Diane Chamberlain's books are unique and different. A complex story of three generations of women, hidden family secrets, death, intrigue, love, relationships, romance, and mystery.

Appreciating the era, the lake cottage bungalow setting; born in the 50’s and in my teens in the 60’s -- reminiscent of past summer
What a lovely read! A tale of mystery, romance, coming-of-age, and family relationships, the story is centered around the summer of 1962 on the bay where Julie and her family spend lazy summers at their beach house. Julie, then 12 years old, is a spunky child who fills her days fishing, boating, reading Nancy Drew, and collecting "clues" in the hopes of stumbling upon a mystery to solve. A mystery she never bargained for, however, is the murder of her 17-yr-old sister Izzy. The story shifts in t ...more
I enjoyed this book – but it wasn’t popping with Diane’s usual pizzazz and excitement. The plot and characters were well developed and I fell in love with her characters as usual....I completely connected with Julie.....though I found her daughter, Shannon pretty hard to take (regardless of that statement I think Ms. Chamberlain nailed the 17-year old attitude for sure !) I also fell in love with the setting for the majority of this book - I have a vivid visual of the area past and present. This ...more
Deirdre Smith
Diane Chamberlain never disappoints! Another fantastic book that I couldn't put down!!
Mary Watkins
Easy read. Mystery novel. Wasn't scary like some mystery/murders are. Enjoyed this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets and lies..., March 20, 2011

A beautiful young girl. A tragedy on a moonlit night. In 1962, Isabelle Bauer drowned in Bay Head Shores. Her death, ruled a homicide, remained an unsolved mystery despite the fact that a local man was found guilty and spent the rest of his life in prison for the murder. Isabelle's mother and sisters don't talk about her or what happened on that hot August night. Until the day that Julie Bauer, who was 12 years old during that fateful summer,
I have a feeling my opinion is going to be much higher than those of you who are mystery novel buffs who may read this book when it comes out. But it would probably be the same as those of you who read books and have the ability to critically analyze them.

The Bay at Midnight was cliche, jumpy, and easily predictable. The characters were two demensional at best, and the story line was thin and lacking in certain places. It jumped characters, perspectives, and times much more often then neccessary
3.5 stars
The Bay at Midnight is as much about family secrets and the complexities of relationships, especially between mothers and daughters, as it is a mystery about who killed 17-year-old Isabelle Bauer in summer 1962. New evidence suggests the man convicted of the murder was innocent, and protaganists Julie and Ethan set about trying to determine who Isabelle's killer really was.

This isn't a suspenseful book. Chamberlain focuses enough on the challenging interpersonal relationships between ch
Maureen Mullis
THE BAY AT MIDNIGHT by Diane Chamberlain is a breathtaking book. In fact, I'd have to say this is one of the best I've read. The complexity of the relationships, the layers and depth to the characters and the plot just make you want to dive into this book and live there.

The story of the summer of 1962 when tragedy changes the lives to two families forever, it is not a light-hearted read. But if you are a woman with a sister and/or a daughter, you will appreciate the delicate way in which Chambe
Writing style, presentation of the characters, phasing and the plot set up is well organized, well defined and simple yet intriguing. In every story that I read, there's always one remarkable character that strikes at the very heart of my being. This time, it's Maria..I was able to relate to her, from the aggressiveness of her youth. Her quarter life crisis with her children. How she managed her midlife crisis. How she dealt the ghost of her past. How she faced the present to go on and unveil th ...more
Erin Overstreet
Thus book was really good, but not as high of quality as the others I've read by Diane Chamberlain. I know sub plots are important to distract and add depth but I felt some of the extra people were superfluous and didn't contribute that much to the story. But as usual I did have a hard time putting it down.
This book encompassed two genres I love. There was a mystery, but there was also a multi-generational, time shifting, family saga. There are aggravating mothers, aggravating teenagers, aggravating grandmothers and people who mean well but do exactly the wrong thing. I would definitely read more by this writer.
Another winner by Chamberlain! This author has a skill of developing multiple story lines that all come together in the end. It makes for such a rich reading experience. I love that all of her characters are flawed in some way, as many of us are in real life. Solid 4.5 stars!!
Marietjie Steyn
Dis nou nie 'n groot literêre werk nie, maar die moeite werd om te lees. Verhoudingsgewys leer 'n mens so baie en die storielyn is natuurlik puik.
Margie Smith
I loved "The Bay At Midnight" and can't wait to read more of Diane Chamberlain's books. This is a story set in 1962 on the New Jersey shore and in the present. In this book the author so effortlessly captures the essence of that place and time while telling a compelling and relatable story, especially if you're also a woman who grew up in the 50s and early 60s and is 50 plus now. It's a fast, very easy read. The story is compelling enough to keep you turning the pages consistently from the begin ...more
Marguerite Kaye
The impact of a truly traumatic event that took place nearly forty years ago on a family - this is the kind of thing that Diane Chamberlain does brilliantly. This time, it was the murder of an older sister, and forty years later, evidence of a false conviction.

What I loved about this, as ever, was the exploration of how the past affects the present, how events define us emotionally, and how they can radically change the path of our lives in doing so. I loved that the main characters were so rea
A good read.

I always love Chamberlain's book, they have such realistic characters which sometimes you like and sometimes you dislike. She takes a situation which you think you have done in your mind but as you read and learn about the characters' past, the situation changes and you have a completely different novel with a different set of characters! It's amazing really.

Anyway, this novel deals with guilt - derived from one's childhood. It sees Julie, a woman never recovered from her sister's d
Family secrets, mystery, first love, sisterly bonds, suspicions, pretty much checks off some of my favorite topics in a novel however this one fell a tiny bit short of a perfectly written Chamberlain novel. Usually I finish her novels thinking they were flawless, the timing the writing etc. but this was the first book I was able to completely predict the ending! It also took me a little longer than usual to get submersed in the tale.
I enjoy the characters, I enjoyed reading the interactions of
I continue to be amazed by Diane Chamberlain. I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book, and I initially thought that switching back and forth between three narrators and the present and the past was too much and too confusing, but it was necessary. And what an amazing story it was. Once upon a time, I wanted to be a writer, but I outgrew that and I'm glad I did. I could never spin up a story like this. Right from the beginning, I had figured out who had killed Isabel. And I was wrong. L ...more
May 05, 2009 Kaydee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women interested in mysteries/romance novels, anyone wanting a good read, anyone really!
I really enjoyed this book!
I think most of all what i liked about it was they way that the author told the story in a backwards sense from numerous points of view. For over half the book i was entwined just to figure out how Isabelle died. This is one of the very few books that kept me guessing until nearly the very end.
Wonderfully written, good moral, exceptional characters.
this is definitely a 4 1/2 or 5 rating for me!
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Diane Chamberlain is the USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 24 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and fr ...more
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