Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist.
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.
Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews' signature wit, heart, and charm.
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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.
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.