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"A thrilling murder mystery set on the coast of Tasmania, BAY OF FIRES is my favorite book of the fall. Poppy Gee's heroine is tough and absolutely winning. I've been handing this to all my friends, telling them to keep an eye out for wallabys."—Amanda Eyre Ward, bestselling author of HOW TO BE LOST and CLOSE YOUR EYES
Posted March 7, 2013
I found Bay Of Fires quite a refreshing change from other stuffy mystery novels. In Bay of Fires you have Sarah Avery a free-spirited soul who loves spending her time fishing the beaches of the bay on the Tasmania coast. You also have a community of dysfunctional individuals who come together to spend their Summers on the Bay of Fires. And then there is the mystery of the young female tourists, one who went missing and the other who shows up dead and bloated on the beach.
Upon arriving at the bay, Sarah Avery is looking for a fresh start and some time to get her thoughts together, on what may have happened between her and her boyfriend. Recently having broken up with him her wounds are still fresh. But when she finds a young female dead on the beach and foul play is suspected, her problems are placed on the back burner for a while, as she and the town ponder who the killer might be. Then as if Sarah doesn’t already have enough on her mind, a journalist named Hall Flynn shows up to do research and bring in a breaking story. Flynn has now given Sarah a new reason to forget her recent troubles but not her past secrets.
When it comes to quirky characters this novel is full of them and their personalities are very intense and totally apparent. You can immediately relate to the love and hate relationship between Sarah and her sister, the mentally disabled town loner who is picked on and bullied. Then you have the town gossiper, a teenage peeping tom and lets not forget a group of trailer homies who spend their summers on the beach. With all the different personalities in the Bay Of Fires, I was left wondering what could possibly happen next, especially when every character you turn to seems to be harboring a secret.
Throughout the story Gee makes sure to provide the reader many vivid details of the beautiful and unforgiving land in and around the Bay of Fires in Tasmania. Like a tapestry, Gee has taken the characters and woven that thread that makes them all unmistakably human. I don’t feel this novel is for everyone and I would only recommend this book to those with an open mind and looking for a mystery novel with an unconventional twist.
Posted May 6, 2013
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