Sunset Beach: A Novel

Sunset Beach: A Novel

by Mary Kay Andrews
Sunset Beach: A Novel

Sunset Beach: A Novel

by Mary Kay Andrews


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The New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads delivers her next blockbuster: Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews' signature wit, heart, and charm.

Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist.

Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.

It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.

With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father.

With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250126115
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 157,502
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

About The Author
MARY KAY ANDREWS is The New York Times bestselling author of Sunset Beach, The High Tide Club, The Beach House Cookbook, The Weekenders, Beach Town, Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Christmas Bliss, Spring Fever, Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues. A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Atlanta, Georgia

Date of Birth:

July 27, 1954

Place of Birth:

Tampa, Florida


B.A. in newspaper journalism, University of Georgia, 1976

Reading Group Guide

1. How could you see the emotional and physical consequences of Drue’s kiteboarding accident play out throughout the course of the novel? How do you think it shaped her experience in more subtle ways than a knee brace?

2. What do you think of Brice and Wendy’s attitudes towards Jazmin’s case? Are they being cold-hearted or practical? What makes you think that?

3. When Drue starts her job at the law firm, tensions are high between her and her father’s new wife/office manager, Wendy. How does their relationship evolve throughout the novel? How would you describe their relationship at the end of the novel?

4. Sunset Beach is told in dual timelines and with a few different narrators. How did this format affect your reading experience? Was there one perspective that you connected with more than the others? Why is that?

5. Corey is a reluctant co-conspirator in Drue’s murder investigations in the novel—what did you make of him as a character? What role do you think he played in the novel, and in Drue’s life?

6. On page 93, one of Drue’s coworkers at the law firm says to her, “You can’t get caught up in this stuff.” Do you agree with him? Is it important to distance yourself from these kinds of difficult cases? Is that easier said than done? Or do you think there is value in being emotionally invested?

7. One of the major themes of Sunset Beach is the question of guilt and blame: to what degree is someone guilty, and where do we pin the blame when people do bad things for good reasons? Who do you think bears some of the blame in both Colleen and Jazmin’s cases? Is it only those who committed the actual crime? What about Zee and Brice— are they guilty of something as well? What makes you think that?

8. Did you ever suspect the truth about what happened— either to Jazmin or Colleen—or were you totally surprised? If you did figure it out, what clues in the writing led you to this conclusion?

9. The cottage Drue’s mother left her is the locus for much of the action in Sunset Beach, both good and bad, and Drue is extremely emotionally attached to it. Is there a place in your life that you feel similarly about? What happened there that made you feel that way?

10. How do you think that Drue began to put together a new identity after her accident? What about the events of the novel helped her do that, and what do you think will happen in her future to continue the process?

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