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Bleak Harbor

A Novel
Narrated by: Scott Merriman
Series: Bleak Harbor, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

Their son is gone. Deep down, they think they’re to blame.

Summertime in Bleak Harbor means tourists, overpriced restaurants, and the Dragonfly Festival. One day before the much-awaited and equally chaotic celebration, Danny Peters, the youngest member of the family that founded the town five generations ago, disappears.

When Danny’s mother, Carey, and stepfather, Pete, receive a photo of their brilliant, autistic, and socially withdrawn son tied to a chair, they fear the worst. But there’s also more to the story. Someone is sending them ominous texts and emails filled with information no one else should have. Could the secrets they’ve kept hidden - even from one another - have led to Danny’s abduction?

As pressure from the kidnapper mounts, Carey and Pete must face their own ugly mistakes to find their son before he’s taken from them forever.

©2018 Bryan Gruley (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • shelley
  • 17-12-18

Slow, not believable, not for me...

I just could not get into this book. At 3 1/2 hours in I thought thought the story was picking up. At about 5 hours in I increased the play speed to 1.5x the normal speed. I stuck with it at this point since I was mildly curious how the story would be resolved. Once that happened I was wondering why I had continued. I found the conclusion preposterous given the characters involved. I will not spoil this for anyone but it is not on my recommended list.
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  • Fred G.
  • 08-12-18

Meh

Tried hard to like this book, especially since it was a daily deal for $2. I listened for over 4 hours, but I never connected with any of the characters.
Narrator made me want to take a nap.

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  • Lisa K
  • 11-01-20

Enjoyable

I loved Danny's birthday gift to himself. The planned chaos and unselfish gift to those he felt should get what they needed to be content with life.

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  • Lady in the Pink House
  • 27-09-19

Bleak Story

I struggled to finish this book. The plot was very formulaic and simply didn't keep me enthralled.

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  • Micky Cox
  • 01-09-19

A layering of secrets!

What starts out as a simple story about a missing/kidnapped teen turns into a complicated layering of many people with many dark secrets. The story is well woven and entertaining. I am quite looking forward to more books from this author. The only weak spot was the narrator, I at first thought it was an electronic recitation of the story, but once you get into his mechanical flow, it is ok. I’d recommend reading this book yourself though to get the full enjoyment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-19

Brilliant Plot!

Lots of twists and turns that keeps you waiting to learn what will happen next! Highly recommend!

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  • sandy
  • 20-06-19

save your time!

Way too slow moving. I had to work at completing it and I'm not sure why I bothered.

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  • SuzAnne
  • 13-06-19

I don't think so

This book had about 10 of the 53 chapters that were actually worth listening to. There were too many characters and side stories that interwove among the main plot, which was the death of a loved pet. Several situations were unbelievable and the book just droned on and on.

The narrator did a good job talking as men and women.

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  • Barbara Petty
  • 24-04-19

I didn't like all the bad language.

I hate to listen to bad language. the story was good But could have been told with out the f word.

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  • Kim May
  • 19-03-19

Wait for it (surprise ending)

Bleak Harbor is an amazing and touching story. The ending is will surprise and entertain readers equally. Happy reading!