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Her family's cottage on the New Jersey shore was a place of freedom and innocence for Julie Bauer -- until tragedy struck when her seventeen-year-old sister, Isabel, was murdered.It's been more than forty years since that August night, but Julie's memories of her sister's death still color her world, causing turmoil in her relationships with her teenage daughter, Shannon,Her family's cottage on the New Jersey shore was a place of freedom and innocence for Julie Bauer -- until tragedy struck when her seventeen-year-old sister, Isabel, was murdered.It's been more than forty years since that August night, but Julie's memories of her sister's death still color her world, causing turmoil in her relationships with her teenage daughter, Shannon, and her mother, Maria.Now an unexpected letter from someone in her past raises questions about what really happened that night. Questions about Julie's own complicity, about a devastating secret her mother kept from them all. Questions about the person who went to prison for Izzy's murder -- and about the man who didn't.Now Julie must harness the courage to revisit her past and untangle the shattering emotions that led to one unspeakable act of violence on the bay at midnight....

Title : The Bay At Midnight
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ISBN : 9780778323419
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 377 Pages
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The Bay At Midnight Reviews

  • Jonetta
    2019-03-24 06:39

    Quick SummaryCozy mystery writer Julie Sellers answers her door one afternoon and her whole life changes. The daughter of her former summer beach playmate, Ethan Chapman, informs her that the man she believed to have murdered her 17-year old sister, Isabel, 42 years ago has died. Ethan's brother, Ned, left a note that seems to confirm her long-held suspicions. What I enjoyedThe story also focuses on the women in Julie's family, including her 17-year old daughter who looks remarkably like Isabel. The narrative is delivered in three voices: Julie's, her younger sister, Lucy, and her mother, Maria. It also transitions between 1962 and the present and is done skillfully. I never felt lost and the fusion of the three perspectives was just about perfect. I really enjoyed how the story unfolded and though I figured out the mystery fairly early, there was still some surprise.NarrationThe three narrators delivered fine performances, with the exception of the one delivering Julie's story (Julie McKay). She has an affectation when reciting dialogue that ended in "he said" or "she said." She separated them from the sentence, highlighting "said" and elongating the word into a question. It was highly distracting and annoying, marring an otherwise wonderful performance. I got used to it about halfway and was able to enjoy the story so stick with it!The bottom lineThis was my first book by the author and I like how she tells a story, weaving in many dimensions of the characters' lives that somehow connect and make them relevant. She painted a vivid picture of each, flaws and all. My only criticism was how after creating such a lush story, the author seemed to rush the ending. However, I have several more of her books on my shelf and am now excited to start them. 3.5 stars

  • Erin
    2019-04-07 03:32

    After reading Diane Chamberlain's latest book "The Stolen Marriage," I felt the need to read one of her earlier books. I am realizing that I have now read all of the author's works save one. If you haven't yet read any of DC's books, I cannot recommend them enough. They're absolutely amazing!In "The Bay at Midnight" we meet mystery writer Julie, her mother Maria, and youngest sister, Lucy. All three women are haunted by the death of their oldest sister and daughter, Isabel in 1962. Those wounds are ripped open again when Julie receives a visit from the brother of Isabel' s childhood boyfriend. In his hand, a letter, written by his newly deceased brother that implies to Julie that the wrong man was sent to prison all those years ago. Soon enough both families find themselves relieving the past and pursuing both guilt and innocence. But Julie is not prepared for the next bomb to drop when her teenage daughter announces her pregnancy. The Bay at Midnight is a terrific tale about the tulmutous relationships between mothers and daughters and how family tragedies can either bring them together or tear them apart.

  • Preppymama
    2019-04-04 08:29

    Ok, finished this one in less than a week. I swear I felt like I was there in 1962 at the Jersey Shore. Really enjoyed this one. She keeps you guessing right up until the end!

  • Judy Collins
    2019-04-06 06:28

    THE BAY AT MIDNIGHTwas extraordinary! I tend to start with an author's newer books, fall in love with their style--then quickly devouring their backlist. "A 2006 hidden gem."Each of Diane Chamberlain'sbooks are unique and different. A complex story of three generations of women, hidden family secrets, death, intrigue, love, relationships, romance, and mystery. Appreciating the era,the lake cottage bungalow setting; born in the 50’s and in my teens in the 60’s -- reminiscent of past summer family vacations, teenage rebellion, segregation, young and forbidden love, and all the other fun things. Urging you to return to simpler times when we were 12 and 13 yrs old. (It is always funny to hear of hidden secrets even in generations of the 30s and 40s; capable of the same mistakes; however, kept them very taboo, due to the times.) The teenage lovesof next door lake neighbors for both generations, the relationship between mother and daughters, sisters, and how Diane portrays them so eloquently, with her past expertise in social work as well as being a talented author – making for a five-star novel! Pulled another 3 am to finish! 1962 at the Jersey Shoresfor the setting of the main story which involved 3 sisters (daughters), mother and father, and grandparents at their summer bungalow and another family next door with two sons and a dad with a past connection to the mother. A setting for a night of horrorwith a murder of the oldest sister; cover-ups, guilt, and the wrong person dying, in prison and not until years later did the mystery start to unravel which changed the lives of all involved.Combined with currentday events of Julie’s struggle with her pregnant daughter, the strained relationship between Julie and her mother Maria, secrets of years past, and the reentering of her past next door neighbor and a new budding friendship and romance. Faced with doubt, questions, and guiltIt is time to bring all the lies and secrets to the surface. The families have to revisit their past and gather the courage to face the complex emotions which led to the one unexplained night at midnight on the bay. An Oldie but Goodie! Highly recommend all Diane's books. You MUST read her upcomingPRETENDING TO DANCE , a 5 Star +, top books of 2015!

  • Evelyn
    2019-04-10 06:45

    Mystery writer Julie Bauer is surprised when the daughter of a childhood friend turns up on her doorstep, bringing with her evidence that the man convicted of killing Julie's sister years ago might have been innocent. Combines mystery and romantic suspense. Well-drawn, emotional characters and lots of family relationship issues. Highly recommend.

  • Kristi, A Book Fanatic
    2019-03-22 11:49

    Diane Chamberlain is one of my favorite authors. This book was a fantastic read -- I found myself thinking about the characters while I was unable to read -- I love books like that!! This book revolves around a family that suffered a tragic loss during the summer of 1962 while vacationing at the Jersey Shore. The oldest daughter Isabel is murdered, and this family has went on with life but never fully recorded. This book starts 40 years in the present after a new revelation in the case has happened. Each character tells the story from their Point of View, which only adds to the readers understanding of the event. Even though I had figured out lots of the details of that tragic day, I still very much loved this story and would recommend this book to anyone who loves writers like Jodi Picoult.

  • Mizuki
    2019-04-14 08:41

    The story is decent I guess? But the plots are a bit too predicable? Too much drama on teenage pregnancy at the middle part of the book? The Main Character is a bit on the unlikable side? I mean, no wonder her daughter has problems with her.

  • Susan Crowe
    2019-03-27 07:45

    Excellent book!! I highly recommend! And if you do audiobooks, the narrators are awesome! This one will definitely be going on my favorite books shelf.

  • Tina
    2019-04-20 06:44

    This was my first Diane Chamberlain book and I loved it! It had so much of what I love in a book; the old family secrets and drama going back and forth to 1962 and present day. I enjoyed reading the different characters thoughts and stories. Really refreshing not to be able to figure out the whole story until the end! Loved that much of it was set 'on the shore' in New Jersey. Great summer mystery read. I think I've just discovered another new favourite author!

  • Sammy
    2019-03-28 07:27

    I have a feeling my opinion is going to be much higher than those of you who are mystery novel buffs who may read this book when it comes out. But it would probably be the same as those of you who read books and have the ability to critically analyze them.The Bay at Midnight was cliche, jumpy, and easily predictable. The characters were two demensional at best, and the story line was thin and lacking in certain places. It jumped characters, perspectives, and times much more often then neccessary. And two seperate romances blossomed up way too quickly and made me want to barf.The relationship between the mother and daughter could have been really good, but instead it was just one sided really. Making the mother seem like a saint trying to do everything she can, while the daughter (who is the least demensional character in the book I should add) came off as a shallow, irresponsible bitch. Maybe I'm biased because I'm the same age as the girl, and sort of in the same position (minus being knocked up), but the daughter acts more like she's just entering high school rather than heading off to college. The ending was horribly cliche and sappy... like something out of a Lifetime movie. Hey, perhaps this will become one. Hopefully Chamberlain will get enough feedback similar to mine, that she will revise and try and put more depth into this story and it's characters before it comes out in two months.

  • Laura
    2019-03-24 05:37

    A good mystery. I liked it a lot.

  • Brooke
    2019-04-18 08:41

    4.8 Just because the ending felt a bit rushed. Another great read! I am really sad it ended.

  • Jennie
    2019-04-13 10:51

    JUST bought it...

  • Sue
    2019-03-25 10:40

    Another great read - I really love the way Diane's books flow so well.

  • Denise
    2019-04-06 04:47

    I enjoyed this novel because it was suspenseful and had interesting characters.

  • Liz
    2019-04-08 11:46

    The first Diane Chamberlain book I've read but it definitely won't be my last!

  • Diane Will
    2019-03-21 03:48

    This is my second read by this author and it won't be my last. I love how she writes a tale.A night in summer of l962 will be a night that won't be forgotten by Julie and her family. It is the night that her sister Isabel is found dead in the summer of 1962 when they are at their summer holiday home. Memories of that fatal night live with the family, but could the person who was convicted of her supposed murder have actually been wrongly accused when a childhood friend, Ethan, turns up on the doorstep with evidence that could indicate they were.This page turner takes us on a journey in the present and flash backs to 1962. Each chapter flits between the present and past and different characters tell each chapter. All intermingling to unfold what really happened on that night all those years ago. Secrets are kept over the years but things come to fore to divulge what really happened. Should the note be taken to the police and should the case be reopened? Will it all be too painful? Julie and Ethan decide they need to know what really happened. Truths come out and secrets told. I loved the characters/relationships. It was sad in parts when the secrets that had been kept are uncovered and how this affected relationship with mothers and daughters. There was a bit of a twist in the end and did come as a wee bit of a surprise but this brought it all to a tidy end.Stories of young love and tensions between neighbours and families. How one note could change everything you think you knew about the past.

  • Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
    2019-03-31 03:43

    The Bay at Midnight was a longer book than I usually read, although it kept me interested and completely entertained from cover to cover. This book is much deeper than your normal chick lit or beach read, but not too intellectual.A story filled with family secrets that eek out slowly enough not to ruin the plausible twist ending. With all mysteries, my fear lies in discovering the ending too soon. Not so with this book. I enjoyed every chapter that bounced between different points of view and different moments in time.The main character Julie has been living with a large burden of guilt thinking that she helped cause the murder of her older sister, more than forty years earlier. Her younger sister Lucy, her mother Maria, and Julie have been completely affected by their loss and never pulled together as a family unit to complete the grief circle.I enjoyed the slowly unfolding of events through both a glance back in time and the revealing of struggles that these ladies are facing in their current lives.A definite must read that I would recommend to ladies of all ages.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-11 04:42

    What a lovely read! A tale of mystery, romance, coming-of-age, and family relationships, the story is centered around the summer of 1962 on the bay where Julie and her family spend lazy summers at their beach house. Julie, then 12 years old, is a spunky child who fills her days fishing, boating, reading Nancy Drew, and collecting "clues" in the hopes of stumbling upon a mystery to solve. A mystery she never bargained for, however, is the murder of her 17-yr-old sister Izzy. The story shifts in time between present day and that fateful summer of 40 years ago. Julie has always suspected that the wrong man went to prison for Izzy's murder - and she is about to find out what really happened as family secrets are revealed and she is forced to face the memory of events she had hoped to leave in the past. This was my first Diane Chamberlain book, and I was pleasantly surprised! I hope to check out more of hers.

  • TamElaine
    2019-04-19 09:38

    I enjoyed this book – but it wasn’t popping with Diane’s usual pizzazz and excitement. The plot and characters were well developed and I fell in love with her characters as usual....I completely connected with Julie.....though I found her daughter, Shannon pretty hard to take (regardless of that statement I think Ms. Chamberlain nailed the 17-year old attitude for sure !) I also fell in love with the setting for the majority of this book - I have a vivid visual of the area past and present. This was the only book of the 10 Chamberlain books I’ve read so far that I felt was predictable. It was still a great read and I’d absolutely recommend it....but it would be tenth on the my list of Ms. Chamerlain’s books so far. (and that truly says something about her as a writer....she is terrific ! and I can hardly wait to read another of her stories !)

  • Liz
    2019-04-20 03:33

    Girlfriends, this is Diane Chamberlain at her finest. A page turner with a good plot and twists at the end. A perfect summer/beach read!

  • Mary Watkins
    2019-04-09 08:28

    Easy read. Mystery novel. Wasn't scary like some mystery/murders are. Enjoyed this book.

  • Deirdre Smith
    2019-03-22 04:39

    Diane Chamberlain never disappoints! Another fantastic book that I couldn't put down!!

  • Everydayreader1
    2019-04-14 05:57

    Julie Bauer loved spending summers at the seashore in New Jersey until her seventeen-year-old sister, Isabel, was murdered, on an August night. The family sold their cottage and did not return. Decades later, Julie is visited by the daughter of her former neighbor who brings her news that will reopen the murder investigation and cause Julie, her sister and mother to relive those events. Each has secrets they would rather stay hidden. Each feels complicit in Isabel's murder.The storylines of Diane Chamberlain's books draw me in, from the first. The emotions experienced by the characters are so genuine, I forget I'm reading a fictional story. And there is never a moment where my attention wanders. I particularly enjoyed revisiting the setting of the girls' childhood, the 1950s-1960s. A great read!

  • Savanah Rae
    2019-04-11 05:37

    I loved this book so much. This is one of my favorite Diane Chamberlain book.Julie Bauer lives in a cottage in New Jersey. It's a place for freedom and innocence until Julie's 17 year old sister gets murdered.Forty years later, Julie's memories of her sister have come back to her. Her best friend from the past has come back into her life and now she's stuck wondering who actually murdered her sister. The person who got accused of this murder, might not be the murderer at all and Julie is upset that her and her family have to relive this bad memory.Julie must gather herself together and she has to relive her past to try to find out what really did happen to her sister Isabel that night. She blames herself for the whole thing.The ending blew me away.. I didn't expect it at all.

  • Michelle Sibley
    2019-04-07 06:28

    This is the story of three generations and how the events of the summer of 1962 affected their lives. Diane chamberlain has a knack of making you feel like you know all her characters and this is no exception. I felt I was there for that summer. Tons of twists, turns and emotional moments that make you want to read one more chapter.

  • Montessahall
    2019-04-02 09:57

    The audiobook version is a strange recording. At the end of random sentences throughout the book the narrator says the word "sad" Does anyone know what that means?

  • Tgordon
    2019-04-08 04:29

    I enjoyed this book. There were times when I was really really loving it. I loved the mystery that unfolded throughout. What happened to Julie's sister that summer she died? Did the right person time for that crime? The answer was shocking and twisted and the past storyline is what tipped this book to me to almost a solid 4. However, the ending fell flat for me. It was to neatly tied up with a bow. I will however look forward to reading lots more from this author.

  • Denise
    2019-03-27 05:52

    4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets and lies..., March 20, 2011A beautiful young girl. A tragedy on a moonlit night. In 1962, Isabelle Bauer drowned in Bay Head Shores. Her death, ruled a homicide, remained an unsolved mystery despite the fact that a local man was found guilty and spent the rest of his life in prison for the murder. Isabelle's mother and sisters don't talk about her or what happened on that hot August night. Until the day that Julie Bauer, who was 12 years old during that fateful summer, receives a visitor bearing a letter that may or may not shed light on the case.This is a novel about what happens when secrets are kept and passions are denied. It's about what happens when love is confusing and mistakes are made. The events of that particular night and others during the summer leading up to it are examined from three different points of view. Maria (mother to Isabelle, Julie and Lucy) tells her story, each of the daughters relates what part she played in the unfolding drama, and Julie's daughter, Shannon is meanwhile creating problems of her own that lead the women to finally deal with 40 years of anger, silence, suspicion, guilt, and shame.The reason I like the novels that Diane Chamberlain writes is because she writes believable characters. This suspense story, set in two different time periods -- 1962 and present day - is a wonderful mystery featuring three generations of women. Those women, a grandmother, two middle-aged daughters, and a teen granddaughter, are so real that they seem to be people that you know who have feelings that you have or that you've had in the past. The interactions and the relationship that they have, the type of personalities and the deep attachment they display, will definitely touch the hearts of readers as the narrative unfolds.Highly recommend to all fans of romantic suspense novels and to those who enjoy a good family story with a multi-generational cast of interesting women.

  • Suze
    2019-03-21 10:43

    3.5 starsThe Bay at Midnight is as much about family secrets and the complexities of relationships, especially between mothers and daughters, as it is a mystery about who killed 17-year-old Isabelle Bauer in summer 1962. New evidence suggests the man convicted of the murder was innocent, and protaganists Julie and Ethan set about trying to determine who Isabelle's killer really was.This isn't a suspenseful book. Chamberlain focuses enough on the challenging interpersonal relationships between characters that the compulsion to learn who the perpetrator was becomes nearly secondary. Some aspects of the story seemed overly convenient -- the speed at which Julie and Ethan's romance develops and Shannon's decision to return home almost immediately after moving to Colorado, for instance. It's an interesting study, though, of the ways deeply guarded famiy secrets can have horrible, far-reaching and long-term consequences.