Broken Bay by Andrea Dunlop

4.5/5 stars.  Thank you Andrea for sending me an advance copy of your novella in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this novella!  Here’s the thing, I don’t read novellas often and when I do I don’t really enjoy them as I find the story to be undeveloped and not well written.  However, this novella had me hooked from page one and the writing kept me speeding through so I finished this 94 page mystery in an hour.  A story about a bachelorette party in a supposedly haunted house on a secluded island and the bride to be goes missing, yup this is a fun story for any mystery lover!

Goodreads Synopsis

Hannah—knee-deep in nailing down catering plans and floral arrangements for her upcoming nuptials—is ready for some R&R. Stealing off to a quiet, secluded island off the coast of Washington state for good wine and fresh air with her four best friends seems like the perfect way to spend her bachelorette weekend.

But the island may have other ideas.

Halfway through the trip, the bride-to-be mysteriously disappears, leaving the bridesmaids confused and increasingly panicked. To make matters worse, there’s something…amiss about the house they’re staying in. As the tension rises, personalities clash, secrets spill out, and the girls begin seeing and hearing things they can’t explain. While Hannah’s friends desperately try to discover what has happened to her, an ominous storm rolls in that could trap them on the island indefinitely. Now the girls who came to celebrate with Hannah begin to wonder, is she going to make it to the wedding? Is she going to make it home at all?

My Experience

Having just gotten married myself I knew I needed to read this book.  It made me feel as though I was reading an adult Nancy Drew having a bachelorette weekend away with her friends.  This was a light chick-lit that explored acceptance and friendship and life lessons.  Marriage may not be for everyone, love isn’t always easy, but a group of girls can talk it out and make these types of problems seem easier to handle.

The haunted and paranormal aspect of this book was very minimal, but it was also just enough to be completely spooky and believable.  I also had no idea what happened to the bride and I flew through this book wanting to find out.

It’s hard with a novella to not give much away, but I will say I loved every second of it and only wish the story was longer and had a dash more paranormal in it! Can’t wait to read Andrea’s next book!

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