Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

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Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.

It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.

With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

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Available Tomorrow – May 7, 2019

I feel like I read a different book than everyone else. Goodreads is full of reviewers that loved this book and I didn’t like it. I was hoping for more of a beach read, but it was more mystery, which I wasn’t in love with.

There are 2 mysteries to be solved in Sunset Beach. The first one is dating back 40 years, where a beautiful woman disappeared one day. The second is in present day, where a young mother was found dead at her workplace. There was some twists and turns and some red herrings thrown in, but overall I found that they weren’t great mysteries.

I didn’t enjoyed the main character, Drue and it was mostly due to the writing of the author. The author drilled what happened over the reader so many times, it was annoying. Drue would take action and something would happen. Then Drue would tell person A exactly what happened. And then she told person B the exact same thing. I didn’t need to be told what happened three times, I got it the first time.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. Really repetitive and sadly not the light beach read I was looking for.

Thank you to Netgallery and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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25 thoughts on “Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

  1. Oh dear, it sounds like you have had a run of bad luck with your book choices. I have this one to read and usually love Mary Kay Andrews books. She has put mystery in a few of her books, so being warned this is one of them, I shall see what I think.

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