Title: Useless Bay Author: M.J. Beaufrand Date of Publication: October 18, 2016 Publisher: Amulet Books Genre: ya, fiction, mystery, thriller Pages: 240 Source: NetGalley & publisher Rating:
A gritty, psychological thriller about a mythic set of sixteen-year-old quintuplets searching for a young boy.
On Whidbey Island, the Gray quintuplets are the stuff of legend. Pixie and her brothers have always been bigger and blonder than their neighbors, as if they were birthed from the island itself. Together, they serve as an unofficial search-and-rescue team for the island, saving tourists and locals alike from the forces of wind and sea. But, when a young boy goes missing, the mysteries start to pile up. While searching for him, they find his mother’s dead body instead—and realize that something sinister is in their midst. Edgar-nominated author M. J. Beaufrand has crafted another atmospheric thriller with a touch of magical realism that fans of mystery and true crime will devour.
I really enjoyed this short story. Seriously, I finished it in one sitting, I think it took me all of two and a half hours? Anyways, I received this book for review in exchange for my honest opinion, this has not affected my opinion.
This story is about a set of quintuplets (how often does that happen) with four boys and one girl. Pixie is one of our narrators, as the youngest and the only girl amongst the four boys, she has a certain air about her that almost is the need for her to prove that she can take care of herself. Her trusty sidekick is Patience, a blood-hound that her brother Sammy bought a long time ago. The relationship between the two is awesome and I love how much they connect to one another.
Our other narrator is Henry, whom I still like, especially considering what he has gone through during the story. I did find him a bit useless at times, but he also was willing to help out in any way that he could and was determined to not sit by the sidelines while everyone searched for his younger brother (not a spoiler, you learn that within the first few chapters…).
The story itself was gripping, thrilling, tense, and had just enough magic realism to round it out in a way I felt it needed. I would highly recommend this story for any fan of middle grade as well as any teacher or anyone who wants to get into the lighter part of true crime. It was seriously well done! Highly recommended, five out of five beans from me!
About The Author:
Mary Jane grew up in Gresham, Oregon. She’s a graduate of Wellesley College and has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Program. Currently she lives in Seattle with her husband, two children, and dogs. In the eighties she had a bad perm.
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