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Preview — The Bay At Midnight by Diane Chamberlain
The Bay At Midnight
It's been more than forty years since that August night, but Julie's memories of her sister's death still shape her world. Now someone from her past is raising questions about what really happened that night. About Ju...more
Combines mystery and romantic suspense. Well-drawn, emotional characters and lots of family relationship issues. Highly recommend.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
The Bay at Midnight is a story about family secrets. In 1962, the Bauer family suffered a terrible tragedy when the 17 year old Isabelle Bauer was murdered at the family's summer home. The man who was jailed for the crime has died in prison, and new evidence has come to ligh that suggests he was innocent.
The story is told from multiple perspectives, the main protaginist Julie (Isabelle's sister), Lucy (th ...more
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 ...more
This novel focuses on two families and an unsolved death. I could not put it down!
Initially, if I'm honest, I wasn't sure whether this book was going to be for me. It started off with a good premise and good layout (alternating POV's) but seemed to move so slowly it just became slightly frustrating and I was at some stages tempted to give it up. Howeve ...more
From there, the book goes back and forth from that summer of 1962 an ...more
For me, the more levels a book works on the better it is, and this worked both on the mystery level - what did really happen to Isobel ...more
The story weaves between the present and the past when a young woman appears on Julie's doorstep with a note hinting the wrong man went to jail for the death of Julie's elder sister forty-one years ago. That man died in jail, and the person who wrote the note is also dead, but the note op ...more
I live in North Car ...more