Saturday, June 7, 2014

ARC review: Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes

Book synopsis(via Goodreads):
When Mike Dormer heads out from London to a small seaside town in Australia to kick-start a hotel development, he expects just another deal. But Silver Bay is not just any seaside town, and the inhabitants of the eccentric ramshackle Silver Bay Hotel - the enigmatic skipper Liza McCullen, her ten-year-old daughter, and her legendary shark-catching aunt Kathleen, as well as the crews of the local whale-watching boats - swiftly begin to temper his own shark-like tendencies. He is left wondering who really has the greater right to the bay's waters. As the development begins to take on a momentum of its own, and the effect on the whales that migrate past the bay begins to reveal itself, Mike's and Liza's worlds collide, with dramatic results. New, unforeseen hazards emerge to confront both the creatures and the McCullen women. How close can you get, before you end up destroying what you love?

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Penguin for the advnanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***

This insomniac's review:

I'm a huge fan of the last couple of Moyes' novels. HUGE fan. I rather adore her, in fact.

"Old" Moyes(ahem, pre-2011) is not really thrilling me so much unfortunately. This novel was vaguely reminiscent of a Harlequin romance novel. It was full of bland characters and a slow-moving plot splashed with vague pools of drama. I really struggled to finish it.

So, my advice is to pass on this one and pick up Me Before You. *sigh* That is worth reading.

I must finish my review by saying that reading this novel made me really impressed with the huge strides Moyes has made with her writing. That is no small accomplishment! I'm so glad to have found her writing!

Rating: 2 stars

Worth staying up all night to read: NO. Save yourself-walk away!

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