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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2005 Diane Chamberlain (P)2015 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"The story of what really happened unfolds organically and credibly, building to a touching denouement that plumbs the nature of crimes of the heart." ( Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By NOKWISA on 03-01-16

Rewind

I liked the characters. I thought the story was good. But the Narration nearly drove me nuts! Every 'he said, she said, I mused' and so on was done in the same tone of voice. Every single one and there were many! I would get bored drift off to sleep and have to rewind and pick up the plot. The story could have stood on its on merit and I would have added a star but not with this type of narration.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Marlene Mouchette on 12-27-15

He said, She said

The "he said, she said" of Julie's narrator would have been better left unsaid, very distracting! Once I stopped wincing, the book was enjoyable and the story intriguing.

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11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-14-18

Easy listening

I enjoyed the story, as I always do with a Diane Chamberlain book. My only complaint would be that one of the narrators read quite fast so I had to slow the speed down slightly so I could keep up without feeling out of breath!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jill Besterman on 01-25-16

My first Diane Chamberlain book

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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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By lynn on 08-16-16

The Bay at Midnight

If you could sum up The Bay at Midnight in three words, what would they be?

Very good read

Any additional comments?

I love the author and have read a number of her books but one thing I noticed in this book that really annoyed me was repeated all through the book" I said" " she said" "he said"
Other than that I really enjoyed it

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