Her family's cottage on the New Jersey shore was a place of freedom and innocence for Julie Bauer - until her 17-year-old sister, Isabel, was murdered. It's been more than 40 years since that August night, but Julie's memories of her sister's death still shape her world. Now someone from her past is raising questions about what really happened that night. About Julie's own complicity. About a devastating secret her mother kept from them all. About the person who went to prison for Izzy's murder - and the person who didn't. Faced with questions and armed with few answers, Julie must gather the courage to revisit her past and untangle the complex emotions that led to one unspeakable act of violence on the bay at midnight.
"The story of what really happened unfolds organically and credibly, building to a touching denouement that plumbs the nature of crimes of the heart." (
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- Amazon Customer
My first Diane Chamberlain book
I shall certainly look out for other books by this author. The lives of two generations of a couple of families who have adjacent holiday homes are intertwined over a period of more than 50 years, encompassing great sadness, a never completely solved mystery and, eventually, understanding and contentment. The main characters (mostly female) are both likeable and interesting and, though the story frequently meanders through the minutiae of their lives, I never lost interest. The narrators all did sterling work.
- Jill Besterman