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Deadman Bay follows the life of Edward Tache. Everything is relatively peaceful in his life. He finds a job taking care of a property in the Caribbean, and is sure that he's finally found his chance to settle down and settle into life. But, alas, as with all murder mystery novels things take a hard turn towards a different direction. His island paradise is turned upside down when a dead body washes up on the beach in front of the home he works as a caretaker at. Edward thinks he knows who's done it (actually he's positive he knows who's done it), but proving his knowledge of this unsolved case to the local police turns into more work than he bargained for.
This book was written brilliantly. The detailed scenery descriptions took me right to paradise. And the plot twists and turns involving the murdered body kept me enthralled in the story well past my bedtime each night. I love books that can fully transport me into different places and different characters lives, and Deadman Bay definitely did that. With it's vivid descriptions and great character development, I easily fell into the Caribbean landscape and the life of the leading character who lived there: Edward Tache.
Like I said before, I've read many murder mystery stories, and very few of them earn a 5 star rating with me. I love my murder mysteries and I am very picky when it comes to the way they are written. This one had a unique storyline that played out in an utterly entertaining way. If you're looking for a book that will take you to the tropical Caribbean islands- and yet fill you with the intrigue that you can only hope to find in a crime fighting novel, Deadman Bay is my top recommendation.
It’s hard to talk about some of the best parts of this book without giving spoilers, but suffice it to say this was an engaging read from start to finish.
Wayland immerses you in the setting so deeply it feels like you could reach into the ocean and feel the sand with your fingers. This book is what you’d get if you set John Grisham’s “The Firm” inside the world and beauty of the amazing TV show, “Bloodline.” The tone of the book takes on the laid-back speed of the island itself. Somehow it manages to be lyrical and languid without losing your attention or sacrificing suspense—no easy feat.
While Edward was initially difficult to respect, his experiences on the island slowly transformed him into a character worthy of admiration. Mixed among a well-told mystery are lessons about growing up, love, and the dangers lurking behind easy money. If it seems like it’s too good to be true, it probably is—unless you’re referring to “Deadman Bay,” of course. I’m very much looking forward to what Patrick Wayland dreams up next.
Up to the point where the main character’s life starts to unravel, the story develops two separated, but related perspectives. First, the author paints a vivid picture of the beauty and pace of island life. In particular, I found the visual images elicited by the story to be compelling. Edward Tache, the main character, is an artist, so you might expect him to be more sensitive to the interplay of light and dark, colors, shading, texture…even the essence of a scene as opposed to only its physical detail. The author does an admirable job of capturing and recreating in words this sense of the world.
Second, Edward’s personality provides a constant push toward the final scene. In large part, the author builds suspense by using Edward’s predispositions to create opportunities for disaster, and the reader is left to wonder when and how. If there is a criticism in this part of the book, it is that in some cases, Edward’s personality almost makes the tragedy, seem inevitable.
When the shoe does fall, the tension grows further and several scenes are gut wrenching. The author provides a couple of twists at the end, neither of which diminish the impact of the overall plot. It is, in short, a story well told.
Edward Tache, a qualified teacher but unable to find work, has lived off his family. His Dad finally has said no more, find yourself a job. The only option offered to Edward is as caretaker on an island near Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The island is privately owned by an absentee owner, boredom will be his biggest obstacle.
Edward adjusts to island life and builds a romantic attachment with a local girl. Problems arise when a body washes ashore and Edward makes a discovery on a nearby island. Advice is to ignore it but Edward is reluctant to do this. Drug runners, murder and a laid-back local population combine to create problems for Edward.
This is a book that holds your interest right up to the unforeseen climax at the end. I needed to double take some of the Islander's conversations but that is in keeping with the setting. I enjoyed Deadman's Bay, I am sure you will too.
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Deadman Bay is very much a literary coming of age tale, inside of a travelogue bound between a mystery.Read more