Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires

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by Poppy Gee
     
 

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Sarah Avery's reckless behavior has cost her a job, her boyfriend, and the independence she desperately craves. Reluctantly home for the holidays in the Bay of Fires, a tiny seaside town on the Tasmanian coast, she hopes for a calm, quiet visit, with time to reflect on all that's gone wrong. Those hopes are crushed when, early one morning, she discovers the body of a

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Sarah Avery's reckless behavior has cost her a job, her boyfriend, and the independence she desperately craves. Reluctantly home for the holidays in the Bay of Fires, a tiny seaside town on the Tasmanian coast, she hopes for a calm, quiet visit, with time to reflect on all that's gone wrong. Those hopes are crushed when, early one morning, she discovers the body of a young female backpacker washed up on the shore.

A year earlier, another woman went missing and hasn't been seen since. Now everyone wonders: is there a killer in the brush? Or were these women victims of Tasmania itself? The island is place of savage beauty: pristine sand beneath orange-lichen covered granite boulders; heaving shadowy kelp fields; sweeping cold currents; crackling bush beyond the seashore. It's also a landscape as flawed, vulnerable and vengeful as any human. Once its fragile peace is shattered, the locals' anxiety fuels a string of speculations about happened to the women - and who might be the next victim.

When journalist Hall Flynn arrives to investigate, haunted by recent failures and yearning for a fresh start, he's determined to do whatever it takes to break the story, and Sarah is his best source of local information. But Sarah - like everyone else in this close-knit town - has secrets she's desperate to keep hidden. And one of those secrets leads straight to a killer's door.

Haunting, evocative, as wildly atmospheric as the remote island where it takes place, BAY OF FIRES is a startling and wholly original debut.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Reeling from a near meltdown in both her personal and her professional lives, 35-year-old Sarah Avery is spending a miserable Christmas holiday at her parents' beach cottage on the Tasmanian coast. Then the mutilated body of an attractive European tourist washes up on the beach, and the seemingly close-knit community fractures as everyone falls under suspicion. With betrayal and dark secrets spinning out of control, Sarah becomes obsessed with solving the crime. She soon finds an ally in Hall Flynn, a diffident but kind-hearted journalist covering the story, and their friendship deepens as they uncover the sinister truth about the tourist's death and its link to the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl. VERDICT Although this debut novel by Australian author Gee appears to unfold as languidly as a beach afternoon, she deftly creates a delicious atmosphere of mounting suspense. Gee's magic touch is clearly evident in her indelible characters, especially the prickly Sarah, whose feelings of self-hatred and loneliness are absolutely real. Readers who appreciate nuanced characters grappling with complex relationships will find that Gee is a newcomer to watch.—Kelsy Peterson, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, KS
Lisa Unger
"Beautifully atmospheric and superbly gripping, BAY OF FIRES is a stellar debut. Poppy Gee has a deft hand with characterization, and a clear, fresh voice. She brought me straight to the wild shores of Tasmania, and into the troubled heart of her heroine -- and all the while she had me eagerly turning the pages late into the night as she carefully tightened the screws of suspense."
Amanda Eyre Ward
"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."
From the Publisher
"Beautifully atmospheric and superbly gripping, BAY OF FIRES is a stellar debut. Poppy Gee has a deft hand with characterization, and a clear, fresh voice. She brought me straight to the wild shores of Tasmania, and into the troubled heart of her heroine — and all the while she had me eagerly turning the pages late into the night as she carefully tightened the screws of suspense."—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of HEARTBROKEN"

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316201674
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
275,718
File size:
595 KB

Meet the Author

Poppy Gee lives with her husband, two small children, and cat, in Brisbane, Australia. She wrote most of BAY OF FIRES, her first novel, at the kitchen table while the children slept.

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autumnbluesreviews More than 1 year ago
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.