Review: Sunset Beach
Title: Sunset Beach
Author: Mary Kay Andrews
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
My Review: While I normally adore Mary Kay Andrews books this one fell a little bit flat for me. I just didn’t like the main character. I found her to be whiney, immature and a little bit obnoxious. She has some serious issues with her father and I felt like that situation was weird, especially not that he’s married to one of her old friends. I think that whole situation was unnecessary to the plot and could have been done without making it so weird. All of that being said it was still a good read. There is a really great mystery element, the plotting and writing are well done and the setting is fabulous. I can also see a lot of potential for this to become a series and I hope that the main character grows and changes and that future books wont have that same vibe. I would still recommend this to anyone looking for a great southern setting and a fun beach read.
*I received this book from St. Martins Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*