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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  3,240 ratings  ·  319 reviews
Her family's cottage on the New Jersey shore was a place of freedom and innocence for Julie Bauer--until her seventeen-year-old sister, Isabel, was murdered.

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

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Published (first published February 1st 2005)
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Evelyn
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.
Preppymama
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
Denise
I enjoyed this novel because it was suspenseful and had interesting characters.
Laura
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
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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
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Kelly
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
TamElaine
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
Mary Watkins
Easy read. Mystery novel. Wasn't scary like some mystery/murders are. Enjoyed this book.
Denise
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,
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Sammy
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
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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
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Benilia
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
Michelle Wardle
Gripped me right from beginning to the very end. Diane Chamberlain is fast becoming a favoured author. I felt I was there with every character, the book made my heart ache with the loss each of them felt. Didn't put it down!
Jennifer
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
Kaydee
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!
Lisa
ARRGH!! ARRRRRRGGGHHHHHH!! On my god! I called it! I totaly called it and I don't even care!

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
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Hayley Godwin
This is the third of her books I have read, she is very good at the family drama, always a few twists along the way and a good dose of angst. I have a few others of hers to read and I'll hopefully get to them sooner rather than later. The only thing that stopped the book getting a 5 star reviews was because I guessed the outcome about halfway through.
Suze
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
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Rachel Lim
I've read a number of Diane Chamberlain's books and I must say this is my least favorite. The writing style of Diane's is the same : written from 3 points of view that is of Julie's, Lucy's and Maria's. The story shifted between the present and back to 41 years ago which revolved around the tragic death of 17 year old Isabel. I was anxiously flipping the pages to get to the part where Isabel died in 1962 and I thought the real gist of the story should start from there on as in how the family unt ...more
Denise
Aug 25, 2008 Denise rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jodi Picoult fans
Recommended to Denise by: Readers at Diane's blog: www.dianechamberlain.com
Diane's books are always full of complex interesting characters, good plots, family relationships and drama, suspense and many secrets to be revealed in the end.

This novel focuses on two families and an unsolved death. I could not put it down!
Ana
This book was pretty decent. Another one of those I couldn't put down after it started getting really good.
Peggy
Diane Chamberlain's writing is uneven; this one was very predictable.
Jacqueline Mason
I absolutely loved this book, read it in less than a week. I couldn't put it down and when I had to work I kept thinking about getting home to continue it. kept you in suspense until the end. so well written I felt like I was there in 1962 watching the events unfold. I loved how close Lucy and Julianne were and that Julianne reconciled with her mother about her guilt/mothers blame about the murder. I also lived the fact Julianne married Ethan and found happiness again. I would recommend this boo ...more
Yas
This was my first book by Diane Chamberlain and definitely won't be my last. I find her style very similar to what I enjoy in Jodi Picoults novels (who I adore!) and I'm estatic I've found a similar author!

Initial impressions

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
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Allison (The Book Wheel)
Whew, this was a great book! I was completely drawn in from the very first page. Diane Chamberlain is moving up the ranks as one of my favorite authors. This is a book about a woman who writes paperback mystery novels and is confronted by the past. The summer that she was twelve, Julie’s sister Isabel was murdered. The story begins with a woman coming to tell her that the person who went to jail for Isabel’s murder was innocent.

From there, the book goes back and forth from that summer of 1962 an
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Lin
When new evidence makes everyone, including the police, question what happened the night Julie's sister died forty years ago, Julie is both relieved that the man she always believed innocent may have his name cleared and frightened of reliving the past and what she might find out. Ever since Isobel's death, things have never been the same for Julie or her family.

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
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Rachelle Ayala
This was a fast and easy read and reminiscent of Anne Rivers Siddons' Off-Season. It deals with families at a beach summer house, young romances between neighbors, and a tragic death that destroys both families.

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
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