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April 8, 2019

Sunset Beach {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 person case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

My Thoughts:
I spent this entire book trying to decide if liked Drue or not! Sometimes I was a huge fan and found myself cheering her on. And other times I just wanted her to chill out and play by the rules. Ha!

This book has several plots running at the same time, and it does a great job of keeping those stories separate but also intertwined as we follow Drue on a crazy adventure of moving home, working for her dad, and trying to find her footing after her world has been turned upside down. At times I really felt she made decisions that seemed too young for her age, but I am thankful that I cannot put myself in her shoes and the circumstances she was living with.

One of my favorite stories in this book was that of a 40-year old missing person case. I live in a town with a very similar case: girl vanishes without a trace, and decades later no one has any clue what happened to her. I thought Drue and her work to finally solve the case was in depth and exciting.

There were parts of this book I really enjoyed, and parts I only felt so-so about. But overall, this is a great read and I am glad I got to meet these characters and this moment in their lives.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley

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