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New On My Shelf This Week / Mailbox Monday

I haven’t heard from the lovely Katie Olsen at ‘Little Bird Publicity‘, for some time now. However, when she does contact me, you can be certain it will be with a book that I just can’t resist … and this time is no exception!

BLEAK HARBOR

Cover Image Of The Book 'Bleak Harbor' By Author Bryan GruleyTheir son is gone. Deep down, they think they’re to blame.

Summertime in Bleak Harbor means tourists, overpriced restaurants, and the Dragonfly Festival. One day before the much-awaited and equally chaotic celebration, Danny Peters, the youngest member of the family that founded the town five generations ago, disappears.

When Danny’s mother, Carey, and stepfather, Pete, receive a photo of their brilliant, autistic, and socially withdrawn son tied to a chair, they fear the worst. But there’s also more to the story. Someone is sending them ominous texts and emails filled with information no one else should have. Could the secrets they’ve kept hidden—even from one another—have led to Danny’s abduction?

As pressure from the kidnapper mounts, Carey and Pete must face their own ugly mistakes to find their son before he’s taken from them forever.

BRYAN GRULEY (Image by Todd Zawistowski)

Image Of Author Bryan Gruley By Todd ZawistowskiBryan Gruley is the critically acclaimed author of the Starvation Lake Trilogy: Starvation Lake, The Hanging Tree and The Skeleton Box.

Starvation Lake was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America, and won the Anthony, Barry, and Strand awards.

The Hanging Tree was also nominated for Barry and Anthony awards and has been optioned for a movie by writer-director John Gray.

Bleak Harbor is Bryan’s debut stand alone mystery novel.

Reviewers have compared Bryan to novelist Dennis Lehane. Secretly, though, Bryan would love to be compared favorably to Detroit Red Wings stars Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk. He’s been playing hockey since he was a boy growing up in Detroit, and still plays regularly at Johnny’s Ice House in Chicago. Hockey plays a role in the life of the fictional town of Starvation Lake, as do two of Bryan’s other passions, northern Michigan and newspapers.

He and his two brothers and three sisters have spent many weekends at their family cottage on Big Twin Lake in northern lower Michigan—not far from the real Starvation Lake. Bryan had his first newspaper job at the nearby Antrim County News in the summer of 1978.

Bryan is a reporter-at-large for Bloomberg News, writing long-form features for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. He previously spent nearly sixteen years with The Wall Street Journal, where he shared in the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Pam. They have three grown children.

Catch up with the latest news on Bryan’s website

Follow Bryan on Twitter

Connect with Bryan on Facebook

MAILBOX MONDAY

Picture of an English red post boxis a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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12 comments
    • It sounds as though there are going to be plenty of twists and turns in this storyline before the truth is finally out.

      My first thought was how, when the town is out celebrating the Dragonfly Festival and generally having fun, they live in a place called Bleak Harbor, so named by the forefathers of the now missing boy?

      Author Bryan Gruley, is giving some thought to a Guest Post, so I am hoping that comes off, as with his journalistic background, I am certain that it would make for interesting reading.

      Have a great week 🙂

    • I am immediately set to wondering about Pete’s role in all this – the mere mention of him being Danny’s stepfather has immediately set alarm bells ringing for me – or perhaps I am just being paranoid?

      Thanks for stopping by this week and Happy Reading 🙂

    • I like a good suspense / thriller, where the action takes place in a relatively small community. It is good to observe just how self-protectionist everyone suddenly becomes, when almost anyone of them can come under suspicion!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and for hosting MM this week 🙂

    • I have only read one or two of the very early Lehane books, so that wouldn’t really be enough to influence my decision in deciding whether or not to read ‘Bleak Harbor’.

      I did however, check out Bryan’s previous series ‘Starvation Lake’ and that too, is going to be heading for my list.

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading this week 🙂

    • I must admit that I am not too sure about the book’s title.

      Not because it isn’t a great name for a suspense / thriller, but simply because I am amazed why, when the town is out celebrating the Dragonfly Festival and generally having fun, they live in a place called Bleak Harbor, so named by the forefathers of the now missing boy?

      If the place is indeed that bleak, why bother settling there and if it does have some good things going for it, then why ‘Bleak Harbor’?

      Apart from that small detail, I do think that ‘Bleak Harbor’ and I, are going to get along just fine 🙂

    • Lists! – Now there’s a phenomenon!

      I have more lists than anyone could possible imagine, with the good chance that some of the books on said lists could possibly be officially designated as ‘classics’, long before I ever get to them.

      And yet I keep on adding to them …

      A fellow blogger this week, introduced me to the concept of a TBI (To Be Investigated) list. What a brilliant way to spread the load a little.

      Seriously though, ‘Bleak Harbor’ does sound like your kind of storyline, so I hope that you decide to give it further consideration.

      Happy Reading 🙂

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