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Sunset Beach

Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Summary

This program includes a bonus chapter, "Beach House Dreaming", read by Mary Kay Andrews. 

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 20-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 reopened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: There’s a storm on the horizon. 

Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews' signature wit, heart, and charm.  

©2019 Whodunnit, Inc. (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • Charlsa
  • 08-05-19

I love when a book takes me completely by surprise

I love when a book and author takes me completely by surprise. I imagined Sunset Beach to be a stereotypical summer beach read. Boys meets girl, conflict, resolution… What I read was a story about a woman, Drue, who has gone through a season of life where nothing goes her way but manages to find her new home and life in a charming bungalow with good memories and a quite unexpected mystery. The main character’s journey from a point where she is struggling to a place where she thrives is encouraging and gives the book that “beach read” feeling you expect. The unsolved mystery that takes Drue on this journey is what makes this book great. When Drue feels compelled to investigate a suspicious death that seems to have ties to her father and his business associates, she discovers not only the truth but romance, restored familial relationships, and a new life. Another strength of this book is that the author did not rely on gratuitous sex, violence, or profanity in an effort to give weight to her story. She relied on the strength of the characters, the story, and her writing to give the reader a great experience. I hope the author makes this book the first of a series as I would like to continue reading about Drue and her experiences. I've already purchased the Audible.com version of this book as I enjoyed the ARC so much.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Susan Crowe
  • 09-05-19

WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!

This book was awesome!!! I could not stop listening! If i didn't have to sleep, i would have listened straight through! Highly recommended and the narrator was wonderful! I've never read a MKA book that i didn't love!

I would love to see this become a series. I want more of Drue and her friends and family!

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  • Deborah
  • 12-05-19

Different

This book wasn’t what I expected from the author. Where was the quirky main character? I have always loved Mary Kay Andrew’s books and can hardly wait for the next book. I’m greatly disappointed.

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  • Lisa
  • 12-05-19

Not my favorite of hers.

I wanted to love the main character as I do in all of Mary Kay’s books but I found this one selfish and self involved. It put me a bit off. I good listen but not her best.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 24-06-19

Computer generated voice??

The book is great but the audio is abominable! It’s a monotone voice that sounds exactly like a computer generated voice. Totally ruined the story!! Can’t believe no one else has felt the same....

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  • Snow Brenner
  • 21-05-19

Fun Beach Read

Mystery and romance, light enjoyable read. Nice change from what you read in the news daily.

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  • SF girl
  • 18-05-19

Overly Complicated

I have read most of Mary Kay Andres books and enjoyed them, but I found the plot in this one to be overly complicated. The missing woman plot just seemed tacked on and didn't add much. Also-too much social commentary. I was expecting light romance and fun and I got a bunch of social commentary.

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  • Havilah Beers
  • 24-06-19

Couldn’t keep listening to narrator

So I don’t want to be mean. The thing is, the narrator was odd for a woman. Some passages would be read smoothly. Others were read very haltingly, or staccato. It was distracting. Almost like someone with a reading comprehension problem. I dont get it. So another one gets returned. Not too impressed with these Mary Kay Andrews books...

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  • Margaret
  • 24-06-19

Good story, but the narrator wasn’t the best

The narrator’s speech is SO choppy. I. Felt. Like. She. Was. Talking. Like. This. The. Entire. Time. Hard to get past that at times. The story is good, but it’s not my favorite Mary Kay Andrews book.

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  • Carollees8
  • 23-06-19

took a while to raise interest.

I liked the ending chapters a lot better that the early chapters. not sure I would read another.