Title: USELESS BAYAuthor: M.J. Beaufrand
Pub. Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
A gritty, psychological thriller about a mythic set of sixteen-year-old quintuplets searching for a young boy.
On Whidbey Island, the Gray quintuplets are the stuff of legend. Pixie and her brothers have always been bigger and blonder than their neighbors, as if they were birthed from the island itself. Together, they serve as an unofficial search-and-rescue team for the island, saving tourists and locals alike from the forces of wind and sea. But, when a young boy goes missing, the mysteries start to pile up. While searching for him, they find his mother’s dead body instead—and realize that something sinister is in their midst. Edgar-nominated author M. J. Beaufrand has crafted another atmospheric thriller with a touch of magical realism that fans of mystery and true crime will devour.
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This was such an engaging, mysterious read. I don't read many mysteries or thrillers these days, but I am so glad that I picked this one up! I was pleasantly surprised with the fantastic story that unfolded.
I enjoyed the characters well enough but they weren't overly developed. I was able to relate to them rather well though. I still would have liked to see more depth with the characters.
The book was very atmospheric. I loved the small town feeling that I got from the island. The descriptive details are powerful and really set the stage for the story being told. The details brought the story to life, and I loved that.
My favorite thing about this book hands down was the plot. It was developed very well, and the pacing was so perfect. I was turning the pages at light speed to find out what came next. The plot twists were unexpected and kept me guessing.
Overall, this was a brilliant read. If you enjoy mysteries with a lot of dynamic to them, then you should pick this one up! The story will keep you guessing, and you won't be able to put it down.
Mary Jane grew up in Gresham, Oregon. She’s a graduate of Wellesley College and has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Program. Currently she lives in Seattle with her husband, two children, and dogs. In the eighties she had a bad perm.
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