Book Review: The Bay by Allie Reynolds

“There’s a darkness inside all of us and The Bay has a way of bringing it out. Everyone here has their secrets but we don’t go looking for them. Because sometimes it’s better not to know.”

Set to be published on 23rd June, The Bay by Allie Reynolds sees Kenna arrive in Sydney to surprise her best friend. But Mikki and her fiance Jack are about to head away on a trip, so Kenna finds herself tagging along for the ride.

Sorrow Bay is beautiful, wild and dangerous. A remote surfing spot with waves to die for, cut off from the rest of the world. Here Kenna meets a mysterious group of people who will do anything to keep their paradise a secret. Sky, Ryan, Clemente and Victor have come to disappear from life. But what did they leave behind? And why does everyone seem to be hiding something? Only one thing is becoming rapidly clear about The Bay: nobody ever leaves.

Rating:

Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Shiver was my first five-star read of this year so I was very eager to get my hands on a copy of Allie Reynolds’ latest, The Bay.

Just like Shiver showcased Reynolds’ love of snowboarding, The Bay showcases her more recent love of surfing and the beautiful Australian coast. I love that Reynolds has been able to include her hobbies in her work and how she uses her passion for extreme sports, both set in very contrasting climates, as the basis for her thrillers.

The story is obviously influenced by stories such as The Beach and Point Break with its idyllic setting and sinister feel, and I enjoyed how Reynolds created a closed-in location with such a strong aesthetic.

The story is very descriptive and I was immediately lured in by the setting and characters, both of which are strongly developed. The mystery itself is slowly weaved in, continuously piquing your interest and setting your theories off in a different direction, as the threat of something unnerving which everyone seems to be in on constantly haunts in the background.

But while I loved the many revelations that are thrown at the reader at the end, I did find the final showdown a little chaotic with the back-and-forth narrative. Every loose end is tied up and there are some great twists, but it just didn’t have the impact I think the story really deserves.

Nevertheless, if you like an adrenaline-fuelled adventure with a lot of atmosphere and suspense, be sure to visit The Bay! You’ll definitely need a holiday after this intense ride.

Details:

The Bay by Allie Reynolds
Release Date: 23rd June 2022
Print Length: 416 pages
Genre: Adventure Thriller
Publisher: Headline

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