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Poison Bay

(Wild Crimes #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  40 reviews
"The Maori call this place Ata Whenua-Shadow Land."

Television reporter Callie Brown likes safe places with good coffee. But she joins friends from the past on a trek into New Zealand's most brutal wilderness, in the hope of healing a broken heart. What she doesn't know is that someone wants them all dead.

Lost in every sense of the word, the hikers' primal instincts erupt.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Small Blue Dog Publishing (first published December 2nd 2014)
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Laura von Eden
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ng, kindle
‚Verschollen in der Poison Bay‘ hat sofort mein Interesse geweckt, denn das Cover sieht einfach richtig schön stimmungsvoll aus, und außerdem lese ich unheimlich gerne Bücher, die an Orten spielen, die ich bereits selber bereist habe. Die Gegend um den Milford Sound in Neuseeland gehört zu den schönsten, die ich jemals gesehen habe, auch weil ich damals mit schönstem Wetter alles auskundschaften konnte.

Anders geht es unserer Reisegruppe von 8 Freunden, die sich anlässlich eines Treffens nach vie
Nach einem Viertel abgebrochen.

Die Idee eines Wanderausflugs mit gefährlichen Folgen ist zwar nicht neu, hätte aber vielversprechend sein können. Leider wirkte die ganze Geschichte sehr konstruiert und das Verhalten der einzelnen Charaktere unlogisch und unglaubhaft. Der Schreibstil lässt leider auch zu wünschen übrig.

Das Buch war nichts für mich. Da ich es nicht zu Ende gelesen habe, verzichte ich auf eine Bewertung. Aus meiner Sicht hätte es für diesen Viertel aber nicht mehr als ein Stern ve
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
A half star for effort. The premise of the novel was excellent! However, the execution of the premise was lacking a bit especially for a new author.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is an Iconic book, so I appreciated the author's homage to it. The twist was exciting: Murder by leaving the 7 friends stuck in the beautiful, savage wilderness of New Zealand's Fjordland to survive. It is the perfect Murder/Suicide plot.

But the characters were two dimensional and they all sounded alike. W
Okuta Otherside
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway
First, thank you for the author and publisher that send me the copy of this book. I won this book from Goodreads giveaway.

The first thing that I love about this book is the cover. It's simple and yet looks beautiful.

Second, I love the setting of the story. I never go to hiking before, but from what I read in this book, I can feel the thrilling that characters feel. How dangerous the place that they need to do everything they can do to survive since they are amateur at hiking.

I love the charac
Flavia Maltritz
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wild Crimes... ich muss gestehen, dass mir dieses Genre bisher unbekannt war. Aber der Grundgedanke gefällt mir als Kind der Berge sehr gut und ich war gespannt, wie die Autorin das umgesetzt hatte.

Der Plot mit der Gruppe von Freunden, die zusammen einen Abenteuerurlaub in der Wildnis Neuseelands verbringen, bei dem immer wieder ein Gruppenmmitglied abhanden kommt, ist selbstverständlich nicht neu. Durch das Setting in einer malerischen und aufregenden Landschaft verleit der alten Idee einen gew
Set in New Zealand, written by an Australian author, POISON BAY by Belinda Pollard is one of those novels that you just can’t help but wonder what tourism authorities reaction would be...

Located in one of New Zealand’s most rugged and beautiful locations - Fiordland - the place and the circumstances combine to create some real menace for a group of high school friends on a trekking holiday that goes horribly wrong. Starting out with a flashback to the tragic death of one of their friends, the fo
Casee Marie
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Belinda Pollard’s debut novel tells the story of eight friends whose lives were shattered one fateful night ten years ago, when one of their own made a tragic decision.

Reuniting in New Zealand for a hike to commemorate their mutual loss, Callie finds herself looking into the familiar faces she hasn't seen in a decade. Conservationist Bryan is heading the group, with outdoorsman Adam and handsome lawyer Kain among the crew, as well as Jack, now a reverend, whom no one ever gave much thought to; t
Polly Krize
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very engaging book about wilderness survival in New Zealand. Characters remained human (mostly) to each under desperate circumstances. Great sub-plots and history among the trampers! I am looking forward to more from Ms. Pollard.

Beinahe zehn Jahre sind seit dem Schulabschluss vergangen und auf Vorschlag und Einladung von Bryan trifft sich die Clique wieder. Zwar haben sich manche der alten Freunde und Freundinnen zögerlich auf den Weg gemacht, aber schließlich sind doch alle neugierig und gespannt auf die Wanderung durch die Fjorde Neu Seelands, die Bryan geplant hat. Enthusiastisch machen sie sich auf den Weg: Bryan, Jack, Kain, Adam, Sharon, Callie, Rachel und Erica. Schnell jedoch merken die Freunde, das
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: neuzugänge-2018
Als Calli Brown sich darauf einlässt mit einer Gruppe alter Freunde durch die unwirtliche Wildnis von Neuseeland zu wandern, kann sie nicht ahnen was alles auf sie zukommen wird. In der entlegensten und rauesten Gegend von Neuseeland geht die Gruppe verschollen. Nun kämpft die Gruppe nicht nur gegen die Wildnis, das Wetter und den Hunger an um zu überleben, sondern jemand hat es auch auf sie abgesehen. Jeder von ihnen trägt ein Geheimnis in sich und Callie muss sich entscheiden wem sie noch trau ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story begins with a group of friends celebrating graduation at a pool party. One of the group comes in and has a gun which she turns on herself. The plot begins ten years later when the boyfriend of the girl who killed herself invites the group to a ten day outdoor adventure hiking New Zealand's wilderness. After reaching the end of the ten day trip, the boyfriend kills himself by falling off a cliff into the freezing lake leaving them with no way to send for help. He had purposely
taken the
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Television reporter Callie Brown likes safe places with good coffee. But she joins friends from the past on a trek into New Zealand’s most brutal wilderness, in the hope of healing a broken heart.
What she doesn’t know is that someone wants them all dead.
Lost in every sense of the word, the hikers’ primal instincts erupt. Surrounded by people who have harbored secrets for a decade, Callie must choose the right
Craig Sisterson
I was very intrigued by the idea behind Brisbane journalist Belinda Pollard's debut novel - a 'who's the unknown killer in the group' adventure thriller set in one of New Zealand's most ruggedly gorgeous national parks: Fiordland. A sort of And Then There Were None in the heart of majestic Lord of the Rings locations. So there was a lot of promise behind the premise, and setting.

Unfortunately, for me, the book only semi-delivered, falling short of what it could have been. At the beginning, I cou
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery and thriller readers
A superb book – a gripping story with plenty of mystery and twists. The writing is wonderful – at times I felt I was there alongside the characters in the cold and relentless rain on the side of a mountain in New Zealand. This is a story about greed and revenge and how they can destroy lives. It is also a story about friendship and teamwork and parents’ love for their children. It is a story about survival of the elements, mistrust and faith. I rarely write the over-used term ‘page-turner’, but ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, kindle, net-galley, n
Callie has agreed to go on a trekking holiday with old friends. The Maoris call it 'Ata Whenua- Shadow Land'. So although she's happier in a comfy coffee house- she's committed to spending time hiking through the wilderness in New Zealand with someone who wants them dead! She's actually hoping that she will be getting over a painful break up but soon she's discovering that she needs to decide who she can trust to prevent her being targeted as the next one to die. Everyone has secrets- but who is ...more
Ich lese selten Krimis oder Thriller, aber "Verschollen in der Poison Bay" hat mich mit seinem düsteren Cover und dem spannenden Klappentext total angesprochen.
Die Geschichte um eine Gruppe Wanderer, die durch einen harten Schicksalsschlag in ihrer Vergangenheit nun mitten in der Wildnis auf sich allein gestellt ist, klang nach einem tollen Survival-Krimi.
Jedoch konnte der Schreibstil der Autorin nicht mit meinen Erwartungen mithalten. Belinda Pollard hat sich mit Neuseeland eine beeindruckende
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Something about this book just didn't sit right with me.

The plot was meticulously researched: diabetes, survival tactics, environment and laws. Additionally, the architecture of the world was also sound, and at all times I felt like I was in New Zealand.

The uneasiness, I feel, is derived from the characterisation. The introduction was incredibly rushed and I felt as though I had entered a room and already forgotten everyone's name. I also didn't feel any compassion for any of the characters be
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein Rezensionsexemplar des eBooks war mir, via NetGalley, unentgeltlich zur Verfügung gestellt worden.

Das Buch ist sehr gut geschrieben. Die Handlung ist zwar nichts Neues aber der Überlebenskampf der Gruppe wird sehr spannend erzählt und immer wieder taucht neu die Frage auf, wer der Feind ist.
Die Wildnis Neuseelands ist der ideale Schauplatz für die Geschichte.
Alles in allem geht es um einen raffinierten Thriller mit einem gelungenen Spannungsbogen, der jedem Fan dieses Genres zu empfehlen ist
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The POV characters Cassie and Jack are intriguing. I enjoyed watching their stories unfold amidst the fear and anxiety of the main plot line.
A great read, I didn't want to put it down!
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wilderness survival thriller set in New Zealand, a real page-turner!
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.

Will sure never go hiking :P

Ronald Keeler
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Poison Bay by Belinda Pollard will make you never want to go camping again. This is a truly scary book which will leave the reader to appreciate the need for self-reliance in situations of crisis when to face the crisis means the possibility of winning and failure means death. And if you think you had friends along on the ride; you will be disappointed. In this novel, another name for friends is “suspects.”

The end-of-high-school party should have been a great party. It was, until Liana showed up
N.A. Granger
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Poison Bay tells the story of a wilderness hike turned dark and deadly. Eight friends from high school embark on a trek into New Zealand’s most forbidding wilderness. All of the trekkers have something from their past to hide, related to the suicide of another classmate, Liana, in front of them at an end-of-high-school party. Each of them has a guilty conscience from their relationship with Liana.
Their leader, Bryan, now lives in New Zealand, and has become an experienced trekker, orienteer, and
Terry Tyler
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber's Review Team

Poison Bay is a mystery/thriller set in a New Zealand wilderness setting. Eight old friends meet up ten years later to go on a ten day hike masterminded by one of the group, Bryan. Bryan has hidden motives in getting them all together, though, and the story gains in sinister overtones as the hike turns into a survival situation.

I love reading and watching anything about survival in adverse circumstances, and when I started this book I found
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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Clare O'Beara
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this wilderness mystery.

A small group of Australians meets up for a class reunion hike through a New Zealand national park. The mountains are rugged and jungly, the weather oppressive rain, and when they reach the supposed destination of Poison Bay their leader is revealed as a madman. Connie who is a journalist is out of her element but is determined to survive despite the lack of food, rescue or cohesion. John is also a journalist who is determined to record everything on
Felicity Green
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I came across a very interesting blog post by the author and found the fantastic cover enticing.
The premise - a group of former high-school friends goes hiking in New Zealand Wilderness, but someone does not want them to make it back to civilisation - had me hooked from the start. But at first I was unsure about the different viewpoints. I would have been very comfortable sticking with Callie, a young woman who would have been interesting enough to work as a first person narrator. When Belinda P
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Read on a long haul flight, this kept me occupied for a few hours.
Frustrated at some of the stupid decisions made, and the authors inability to describe how dense and remote Fiordland bush is.
The starting package of eight characters, four of each sex, was a bit tidy, and life is rarely like that. The mental instability wasn't as well developed as it could have been. This left me feeling the whole book was a bit clunky.
Take a walk on one of new zealand's native bush trails and experience some of
Alison Gray
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Callie and Jack join a party of hikers but this is no ordinary party and no ordinary hike. The group is re-uniting some years after a horrific event and gradually we realise that all is not as it seems on the surface. The setting is Fiordland in New Zealand – a place of great beauty but wild and hostile landscape with steep mountains plunging to the sea and no roads, making it accessible only to the brave and hardy. Belinda Pollard has written a complex thriller and set it in an amazing location ...more
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Callie is a journalist coping with the public humiliation of being dumped by her boyfriend. An opportunity to go hiking through the mountains of New Zealand with her former school friends seems too good to pass up. If only she knew what was ahead….
This is no ordinary debut novel. Ms Pollard’s previous career as a journalist is evident in this perfectly balanced and well-plotted story. Characters are well drawn and the dialogue is realistic. The pacing is exceptional.
Poison Bay is an engrossing
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Belinda Pollard is an award-winning Australian mystery author, accredited book editor and former journalist who loves animals and wilderness.

Her latest book for writers, BETA READER SUPERHERO WRITER'S HANDBOOK, draws on twenty years' experience as a developmental editor to explore the power of manuscript feedback. She discovered that the right feedback doesn't just improve a book, it nourishes th