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The Bay at Midnight by Diane Chamberlain
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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. However the characters who I really liked, kept me wondering, and I genuinely wanted to see how this turned out and luckily I continued because it ended up being a four star book. I have learnt therefore even if a book is a slow starter it doesn't necessarily need to be given up on!!

Plot

So the plot is fairly simple, it concerns the mystery of the death of the Bauers family member, a daughter, a sister named Isabelle when they are on holiday in a remote but beautiful beach side bungalow. Initially it seems clear cut, George lewis was arrested and went to jail and indeed died in jail for this crime however the appearance of a note which suggests another persons guilt indicates that things aren't so clear cut after all...

The storyline is told in an interesting way, it alternates between various characters and various times (so the present where the case is being reinivestigated and the past where you learn what appeared to have happened on the fateful day/night in question)..it sounds confusing perhaps but it isn't, And it is a style that definitely works well for this kind of novel, I couldn't imagine it being told in any way. As I said before it began very slowly, this was mostly whilst the author developed her characters in the modern day version of events, which ended up working as I liked them all apart from one. Shannon, the daughter of one of the main characters in the book. S.p.o.i.l.t B.r.a.t comes to mind but anyway!! Back to plot! It took a while but I ended up getting well and truly sucked in and had to know what happened. Quite honestly I didn't see it concluding the way in which it concluded and the author well and truly managed to surprise me (but maybe I'm thick!)...

Characterisation

The author did a good job with her character development in the end. At first, it hindered the development of the plot but in a way I'm glad it did because I'm came to care for all the characters within this book and had to know what happened for that reason. I say I liked all the characters barring one. Shannon. Very well portrayed as the usual kid knows better than mom kind of character but damn annoying too, with her regular abusive outbursts and strops I couldn't sympathise at all when she got herself into a predicament...a sideline to the main plot of the story...However again, it indicates good development, whether I love or loathe a character is good enough for me. As long as I don't feel indifference because that is never good. That never was an issue with any of the characters in this book,

Overall

Good book! Nice easy page turner but lacks the "favourite" prerequisite to a book that I reserve the five stars ratings for! Look forward to reading more by this author!

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Reading Progress

01/30/2011 page 30
8.0%
01/30/2011 page 80
21.0% "Not too sure about this because it seems to move way too slow."
02/02/2011 page 220
43.0% "I am starting to really enjoy this now. It doesn't move mega quick but I like it how it isnt now Ive gotten into it. I can't wait to find out what happens!"
02/03/2011 page 330
64.0% "Getting even better!"
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Sandra I'd highly recommend more books from Diane Chamberlain - some of my favourites are 'Before the Storm' 'The Midwife's Confession' and 'The Lies We Told'


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