The Bay by Allie Reynolds – Blog Tour Review.

About The Book

There’s a darkness inside all of us and The Bay has a way of bringing it out. Everyone here has their secrets but we don’t go looking for them. Because sometimes it’s better not to know.

Kenna arrives in Sydney to surprise her best friend, shocked to hear she’s going to marry a guy she’s only just met. But Mikki and her fiancé Jack are about to head away on a trip, so Kenna finds herself tagging along for the ride.

Sorrow Bay is beautiful, wild and dangerous. A remote surfing spot with waves to die for, cut off from the rest of the world. Here Kenna meets the mysterious group of people who will do anything to keep their paradise a secret. Sky, Ryan, Clemente and Victor have come to ride the waves and disappear from life. How will they feel about Kenna turning up unannounced?

As Kenna gets drawn into their world, she sees the extremes they are prepared to go to for the next thrill. And everyone seems to be hiding something. What has her best friend got involved in and how can she get her away? But one thing is rapidly becoming clear about The Bay: nobody ever leaves. 

My Review

With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. The Bay is one of my favourite books this year. It contains everything I enjoy when I read crime fiction, a claustrophobic setting, not knowing who could be trusted, a disintegration of mood made worse by the weather and very short chapters where you get to see what others are thinking alongside the main narrative which comes from Kenna.

When Kenna arrives in Australia to attend the wedding of her childhood friend Mikki she isn’t prepared for what she she is about to face. Mikki isn’t that enthusiastic about her arrival or the wedding itself and Kenna is determined to persuade Mikki to return home. She doesn’t trust her soon to be husband Jack but he isn’t the only one she should be concerned about and when Mikki and Jack take Kenna with them to a remote surfing spot where she meets all of their friends she feels that all of them are hiding something.

Most of the narrative is ‘now’ but there are flashbacks to when Kenna and Mikki first met, events from their childhood that still had an impact on Kenna and also the events that led to death of Kenna’s boyfriend. Those plus her determination to protect Mikki and find out what the group were hiding showed Kenna’s stubbornness and strength of character. But these traits also put Kenna in danger and the brilliant thing about this book is that you have no idea who from. All of the brief chapters from other members of the group show that they have something they wanted to keep hidden and that they’d do anything to achieve that. Plus there was the danger from the area itself. The sea, wildlife, weather and the intimidation caused by the remoteness and being completely cut off from the rest of society.

I enjoyed every aspect of this novel. The characters, setting, increasing paranoia and the moment when all was revealed about who was responsible.

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