REVIEW – Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

Sunset Beach

Published May 7, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

I’m surprised that it has taken me this long to read a book by Mary Kay Andrews. However, I’m excited to have found a “new to me” author with such an extensive backlist!

Thirty-six-year old Drue Campbell has fifteen minutes to get to work but knows she’ll never make it on time. If she was back in Fort Lauderdale, she could call a friend or take an Uber. Unfortunately, Drue just moved back to the west coast so she doesn’t have any money or friends she can call. She heads for the bus stop, getting there just in time to see the bus pull away. She collapses on the bus stop bench and ends up with a large splinter in her butt cheek. The ad on the bus bench is a picture of Brice W. Campbell from the law firm Campbell, Coxe, and Kramer. “Her new boss. Her long-lost father, and as always, a major pain in the ass.”

A few months earlier Drue’s mother passed away. Her father, Brice attended the funeral. It was the first time Drue had seen him in more than twenty years. After the funeral, he gave Drue a set of keys for her Nonni and Papi’s cottage in Sunset Beach. He told her the cottage was hers, but it needed a lot of work. He asked Drue what her plans were. With a flaky boyfriend, a crappy waitressing job, and a recent injury, Drue had to admit she didn’t really have any plans. He offered her a job working at his law firm, but Drue turned him down. I have no interest in moving back to St. Pete and zero interest in the law.

Unfortunately, her circumstances worsened so here she was. Today is Drue’s first day of work at Campbell, Coxe, and Kramer. She finally makes it to the office and heads inside. And just when she thinks things can’t get any worse…

She meets her father’s office manager.

Drue tries to settle in at work. When she’s not at the office she’s working on getting the cottage into shape. In the attic, she finds some old papers and newspaper clippings about a missing person. She wonders why the papers are in the cottage. Drue also wonders about the recent suspicious death of a young woman who worked at a local beach resort. The woman’s mother is unhappy with how the firm handled her daughter’s case. Drue finds the case heartbreaking and begins investigating on her own.

Is it possible that someone at the firm is involved in these cases? Could Drue be putting herself in danger as she tries to find the truth?

I really enjoyed this novel!

Most of the story takes place in the present, but there are chapters from 1975/1976 interspersed throughout the novel that give the backstory of one of the cases Drue is researching.

I thought this was a very well-written, well-paced story with many great characters. Drue’s story was interesting and so were the cases she was investigating. It was emotional at times but was also often refreshingly funny.

“Sunset Beach” was an engrossing and satisfying novel with layers and twists that kept me gripped and quickly flipping the pages.

Now I just need to decide which Mary Kay Andrews novel I’m going to read next!

 

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

 

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Music Monday -Bishop Briggs – White Flag

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

The song I’m sharing today is:

 

Bishop Briggs – White Flag

I’ve been listening to this song constantly lately.  It helps bring me up when I’m feeling down.

I hope you enjoy!!

 

Bishop Briggs – White Flag

Take a hit, shoot me down, shoot me down
I won’t ever hit the ground, hit the ground
Playing dead, I’ll never do
Gotta keep an eye on you
Patience is wearing thin, paper thin
Promises broke again, what a sin
But it only feeds my energy
So don’t expect no sympathy
Smoke, fire, it’s all going up
Don’t you know I ain’t afraid to shed a little blood?
Smoke, fire, flares are going up, flares are going up
Oh, won’t wave my white flag, no
This time I won’t let go
I’d rather die
Than give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight
Won’t wave my white flag, no
Oh, I won’t go down slow
I’d rather die
Than give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Put an X on my chest, on my chest
But I’m still standing ’cause I won’t forget
The hell on earth you put me through
I’ll save myself in spite of you
Smoke, fire, it’s all going up
Don’t you know I ain’t afraid to shed a little blood?
Smoke, fire, flares are going up, flares are going up
Oh, won’t wave my white flag, no
This time I won’t let go
I’d rather die
Than give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight
Won’t wave my white flag, no
Oh, I won’t go down slow
I’d rather die
Than give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
White flag never going up, never going up, no, no
White flag never going up, never going up, no, no
White flag never going up, never going up, no, no
Oh, won’t wave my white flag, no (wave my white flag)
This time I won’t let go (won’t let go)
I’d rather die
Than give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight
Won’t wave my white flag, no (wave my white flag)
Oh, I won’t go down slow (go down slow)
I’d rather die
Than give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Wave my white flag
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Raise my white flag, no
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Songwriters: Dan Wilson / Ian Brendon Scott / Mark A. Jackson / Sarah Grace McLaughlin
White Flag lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

 

First Line Fridays – Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!

 

The book I’ve selected for this week’s First Line Friday post is:

(Click the book cover to read Goodreads description)

Life and Other Inconveniences

Expected publication: August 6, 2019 by Berkley Books

 

Here is the first line:

“You don’t have a brain tumor”, said my best friend, who, conveniently, was also a neurologist.

 

Kristan Higgins last novel “Good Luck With That” was one of my favorite reads last year. When I saw she had a new novel coming out, I was really excited.  The description for ” Life and Other Inconveniences” sounds very interesting and I’m looking forward to reading more!

 

Do you have this on your “to be read” list?

 

 

Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (May 2019)

Looking Ahead is a monthly meme hosted by Tina at Reading Between the Pages.

It’s a great way of sharing what you are planning/hoping to read that month.  It’s also a fun way of seeing what other bloggers are planning on reading that month.

If you decide to join, don’t forget to visit Tina’s blog and link up!

 

It’s May already? (and again I’m late posting this).  Well, time is flying but I’m sure glad the snow has melted. Although I guess I should watch what I say since it has been known to snow in May.

I read quite a few books last month and I’m still getting my thoughts together for a few of them. I’m going to try my best to read all of the books listed below this month. I’m really excited as they all sound so good!

 

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These are the books I’m planning on reading this month!

(If you click on the book image it will take you to the Goodreads description)

 

 

Before She Was Found

After the End

Run Away

The Passengers

The First Mistake

Miracle Creek

Wherever She Goes: A Novel

The Friends We Keep

 

Are any of these on your list of upcoming reads?

I hope everyone has a fantastic month with a ton of great reads!

Happy reading!!!