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    Great read

    If you're looking for a relaxing great beach read you have found it! This is a fantastic book with well developed characters, a nice easy pace and a story that has a little of everything. Family drama for sure. A woman looking for her happy place in life. Mixed in is a little mystery as Drue not only investigates a current day homicide but also researches a possible homicide from years ago. I would have enjoyed the book a bit more of a romantic element played a bigger role but overall it was a very entertaining read and a book I highly recommend.
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    Another winner by Mary Kay Andrews!

    Another reviewer called Sunset Beach “Favorite Deceptive Cover of 2019.” How true! Even though Sunset Beach does in fact feature a beach, it is definitely not the usual Mary Kay Andrews beach read. It’s edgier and kind of choppy, starts out more a thriller and mystery. All her books have some mystery and real danger, but sunset Beach ramps it up a notch with non-stop action and characters you keep changing your mind about trusting. For a while when I started reading Sunset Beach I couldn’t decide if I liked it as much as Andrews previous books, but then the action and danger – and MKA’s signature romance and family and history – kicked in and I was hooked. And I realized that all her books have danger and suspense, just not to this intense degree. Most of the characters are hard to like in the beginning. On the surface they are shallow or immature or deceitful or just plain mean. They all seem to have history that may be good or bad. But just wait until you get to know them. This is a rich, well-developed cast in a rich, well-developed plot. Drue is devastated by her mother’s death, at loose ends because of her sports injury and not too eager to restart a relationship with her father. The lure of the beach house her grandfather built and her mother left to her is what draws her back – that, and the fact that she really doesn’t have any other option. She’s 36 years old but doesn’t have a lot to show for it. Her father seems caring and concerned, but she doesn’t trust him. And when she discovers her stepmother is in fact her ex-best friend who betrayed her and is therefore young enough to be her father’s daughter, she’s even less thrilled. Drue turns out to be one stubborn, fearless, resourceful woman with a natural flair for detective work. She doesn’t like and isn’t good at her cube rat job at her father’s firm, but she latches on to an old case and becomes almost obsessed – well, obsessed – with getting justice she thought was denied. All under the radar and behind her father’s back, of course. There’s a lot more going on that is apparent on the surface and soon Drue and others are in danger and secrets people went to great lengths to keep are being revealed. Somewhere along the line while reading I realized that although Sunset Beach is grittier and edgier and the mystery is more at the forefront, it is truly vintage Mary Kay Andrews, with the relationships, hidden secrets, and bumpy romance that make all her other books such great reads. The setting is enchanting, the cottage renovation fascinating and the food descriptions (and recipes at the end of the book) will make your mouth water. Without giving away any spoilers, I’ll just say that I thoroughly enjoyed peeling away each layer of the mystery, I grew to love the characters whether they were lovable or not, and I was completely surprised by the ending that totally worked. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing a copy of Sunset Beach for my honest review. Mary Kay Andrews has another winner!
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    Secrets and Mysteries

    Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews is dual time full of secrets and mysteries. Flashbacks and mysteries from present time to the 1970’s. This is the first book I have read by Mary Kay Andrews and it was a great read. Drue the main character is a whirlwind and she involves everyone in her wild adventures. Drue is a tough as nails girl, but has a sweet spirit. I can’t wait to read more books by Mary Kay Andrews. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book.
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    MISCHIEF, MAYHEM & MURDER!

    MISCHIEF, MAYHEM & MURDER! The adage “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” has never been more true than when you look at the cover of SUNSET BEACH and then read the novel. The cover is picture perfect while the novel is filled with mischief, mayhem and murder. It’s definitely not your cozy little beach read. It’s gritty and deals with a darker side of things than MKA usually writes. Her lead character Drue, like many of her other leads, is down on her luck after a series of things have have happened - a breakup with her boyfriend, the death of her mother, loss of her waitressing job and a severe injury to her knee causing her to give up her pro status as a kiteboarder. After the death of her mother, she reconnects with her father, an ambulance chaser lawyer with a mega practice, who offers her a job and tells her she inherited her grandparents’ beach house. From this point on, the plot becomes VERY complex. Dru gets obsessed about one of the Office cases and does her own investigation. In my opinion, the plot drug in several places due to the redundancy of retelling certain aspects of the case. MKA also inserts a time slip to go along with this already busy plot. You need to pay attention so you won’t miss anything in each time period because both are very important to the ending. Themes in this novel are: dysfunctional families, jealousy, cheaters, romance, mystery, murder and friendships. I was provided an ARC of this novel by St. Martin’s Press & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
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    A well-crafted story

    Mary Kay Andrews’ “Sunset Beach” tells the story of Drue Campbell, a 36 year old woman down on her luck who moves to the west coast of Florida and takes a job as a support person at her estranged father’s law firm. Drue becomes particularly interested in the unsolved murder, two years earlier, of a young woman, whose survivors were represented by her father's firm. As Drue investigates the case, she becomes aware of some nefarious dealings. A good read which holds the reader's attention from beginning to end.
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