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The Bay at Midnight Paperback – August 22, 2006
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Family secrets sizzle at the core of an unsolved mystery in this smooth, deceptively simple tale of romantic suspense from Chamberlain (In Her Mother's Shadow). During the summer of '62, two families vacationing at the Jersey shore, the Bauers and the Chapmans, are devastated by the murder of 17-year-old Isabel Bauer. Most affected is the victim's precocious 12-year-old sister, Julie, who feels accidentally responsible. Forty-one years later, Julie is a bestselling mystery novelist and a divorced, menopausal single mom, dealing with the demands of Shannon, her pregnant, unwed 17-year-old daughter, and Maria, her elderly mother. Then the niece of Ned Chapman, on whom Julie had a crush that fatal summer, arrives at her door bearing a letter from her uncle, recently dead of cirrhosis of the liver, claiming that the person convicted for Isabel's murder, an African-American named George Lewis, was wrongly imprisoned. Taking the letter to the police means reopening the case and shaking up the lives of both families. Through multiple points of view, Chamberlain skillfully explores the painful memories of the tragedy. The story of what really happened unfolds organically and credibly, building to a touching denouement that plumbs the nature of crimes of the heart.
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Acclaimed but reclusive writer Julie Bauer is surprised when the daughter of a childhood friend turns up on her doorstep, bringing with her evidence that the man convicted of killing Julie's sister 41 years ago might have been innocent. The evidence is a letter found in Ned Chapman's house after his death, in which Ned claims to have information about Isabel's death. Ned was Isabel's boyfriend at the time of her death, and Julie meets with Ethan, Ned's brother and her former friend, with the hope of convincing him to take the letter to the police. Julie never believed the man convicted of drowning Isabel was guilty, but she isn't prepared for the family secrets, both past and present, that reopening the investigation will dredge up. Julie's younger sister, Lucy, who was a small child at the time of Isabel's death, is concerned about how the reopening of the case will affect their mother, Maria, but she's also worried that the secret Shannon, Julie's daughter, is harboring will shock Julie. Julie herself is surprised to find her feelings for Ethan growing as they spend more time together. Chamberlain's latest is both an enticing mystery and a rewarding love story; expect demand from word of mouth. Kristine Huntley
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