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The Bay at Midnight
The Bay at Midnight
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Her family's cottage on the New Jersey shore was a place of freedom and innocence for Julie Bauer -- until her seventeen-year-old sister, Isabel, was murdered. — It's been more than forty years since that August night, but Julie's memories of her sister's death still shape her world. Now someone from her past is raising questions ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780778323419
ISBN-10: 0778323412
Publication Date: 9/1/2006
Pages: 480
Edition: Reprint
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4 stars, based on 44 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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good book, full of twists. Quick read.
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The Bay at Midnight was a longer book than I usually read, although it kept me interested and completely entertained from cover to cover. This book is much deeper than your normal chick lit or beach read, but not too intellectual.

A story filled with family secrets that eek out slowly enough not to ruin the plausible twist ending. With all mysteries, my fear lies in discovering the ending too soon. Not so with this book. I enjoyed every chapter that bounced between different points of view and different moments in time.

The main character Julie has been living with a large burden of guilt thinking that she helped cause the murder of her older sister, more than forty years earlier. Her younger sister Lucy, her mother Maria, and Julie have been completely affected by their loss and never pulled together as a family unit to complete the grief circle.

I enjoyed the slowly unfolding of events through both a glance back in time and the revealing of struggles that these ladies are facing in their current lives.

A definite must read that I would recommend to ladies of all ages.
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The characters in this one are just wonderful. My favorite was Maria - the grandmother, 'though most of the story is told by one of her daughters, Julie, a writer of mystery novels, who was 12 when her sister dies and feels responsible for her part in her sisters death.

The story goes from present day back and forth to 1962 where Maria's loses her daughter Izzy in a tragedy at the age of 17 at Bay Head Shores, in New Jersey - the family summer site. The story revolves around two families that lived next door to each other and spent their summers together at the Bay.

Now, over 40 years have passed and an apparent note left by a dying man (who was the victims boyfriend when she died) indicates that a man prosecuted for murdering Izzy may have been innocent and so the case is reopened, and so are all the memories and scars of that fateful night that the tragedy occured for everyone at the Bay, and how it affected all their lives.
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Forty years after her sister's death, Julie and her family must face the fact that the wrong person was probably jailed for her murder.
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One of the better books I've read in a while. Makes me miss NJ.


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