[PDF] Bleak Harbor Bleak Harbor #1 By Bryan Gruley – serv3.3pub.co.uk

[PDF] Bleak Harbor Bleak Harbor #1 By Bryan Gruley – serv3.3pub.co.uk [PDF] ✐ Bleak Harbor Bleak Harbor #1 ✑ Bryan Gruley – Serv3.3pub.co.uk Their 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 eually chaotic Their son is gone Deep down they think Bleak Harbor Epub á they’re to blame Summertime in Bleak Harbor means tourists overpriced restaurants and the Dragonfly Festival One day before the much awaited and eually 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ago disappears When Danny’s mother Carey and stepfather Pete receive a photo of their brilliant autistic and socially withdrawn son tied to a chair they fear the worst But there’s also Bleak Harbor Epub / to the story Someone is sending them ominous texts and emails filled with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 abductionAs 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.


10 thoughts on “Bleak Harbor Bleak Harbor #1

  1. James Thane James Thane says:

    Bleak Harbor marks the return of Bryan Gruley and not a moment too soon I was a big fan of his Starvation Lake trilogy but the last book in that series The Skeleton Box appeared in 2012 and I’ve been eagerly awaiting his next book ever since It turns out though that the wait was well worth it Bleak Harbor is a fast paced taut thriller that grabs the reader from the opening lines and refuses to let go until the final scenes have played out in the wake of a great climaxAt the center of the book is a troubled family living in Bleak Harbor Michigan a small town where the highlight of the summer tourist season is the annual Dragonfly Festival Carey Peters the wife and mother is descended from the town’s founder Her mother Serenity Bleak lives in a huge home overlooking the town isolated from the rest of the residents both geographically and economically The Bleaks made a huge fortune from their various enterprises in the town but the rest of the citizens have not done nearly as well and many of them are experiencing hard times as several of the Bleaks’ businesses have closed leaving their former employees high and dry Carey is employed by a firm in Chicago and commutes back and forth to Bleak Harbor two or three times a week to see her family She is estranged from her mother who has cut Carey out of her willCarey’s husband Pete Peters was once a high flying commodities trader in Chicago but he hit a bad streak and lost his job He convinced Carey to move back to Bleak Harbor where he has opened a medical marijuana shop and is struggling to get the business up and running Both Carey and Pete have dark secrets that they are hiding from each other and their relationship is strained for a variety of reasonsCarey’s son—Pete’s stepson—is fifteen year old Danny Danny is on the autism spectrum and while brilliant in some respects can also be a “difficult” child One thing that Carey and Pete do agree on is that they both love Danny very much Danny and Pete have an excellent relationship centered on fishing and other activities that they do togetherThe book opens on the eve of Danny’s sixteenth birthday as the annual Dragonfly Festival is about to begin Pete arrives home expecting to take Danny fishing He finds that Danny has prepared the sandwiches and drinks they will be taking with them but the boy himself is nowhere to be found Shortly thereafter Pete receives a photo of Danny bound to a chair with what appears to be a bruise on his cheek Accompanying the photo is a demand for a huge ransom and with that the book is off and runningThe plot is intricately designed; the characters even the minor ones are sharply drawn and the tension is palpable throughout as Carey and Pete and a variety of law enforcement officials work to save Danny from a particularly fiendish and clever antagonist In particular as he demonstrated in the Starvation Lake series Gruley excels at describing life in a small town like Bleak Harbor where all sorts of secrets and machinations are at work beneath the surface The setting is expertly rendered and becomes a character in and of itself All in all this is a very entertaining novel and the reader leaves the book very much hoping that it will not be another six years before we hear from Bryan Gruley again 45 stars rounded up to 5


  2. Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) says:

    I really wanted to like this but it just wasn't for me


  3. Brenda Brenda says:

    Not a bad story but very slow until about 75% I would have expected panic from the parents when their “on the spectrum” teenage son went missing but they acted like there was something important to worry about I have the next book and plan to read it soon Hope there’s some improvement


  4. Amy Amy says:

    255Had potential but didn’t work for me unfortunately


  5. Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows) Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows) says:

    When Carey and Pete's autistic son Danny goes missing both start to panic as they assume their own sordid secrets could be to blame Already at a breaking point where can their relationship go from here and most importantly how are they going to come up with this ridiculous amount of strange dollar amount to get him back?It takes about 65 pages in for the story to ramp up Even at this point I'm unsure where the plot it going but I'm super intrigued and need to find out what's going to happen We get introduced to a variety of characters their back stories and how they may or may not be complicit in what is happening to Danny What I loved was how everyone was integrated and that we don't have one or three particular characters as part of the main plot line really each character brings their own part I'll be honest though the reveal just did not work for me I wasn't particularly surprised about the main part and the reasoning behind it seems a tad bit elementary Maybe that's fitting for that particular character and I've certainly read and seen people do far worse things for a lot smaller reasons however this one just didn't uite push my AHA button Instead I was left a bit disappointed and wantingI do think those who like a complicated plot that involves several characters and are into the slower suspense will like this novel I think my timing was a bit off for this one and in the vast amount of thrillers that I read this one just fell a bit subpar for what I typically preferThank you Thomas Mercer and Kaye Publicity for this copy


  6. Petra Petra says:

    This had an interesting premise A 15 year old boy on the autism spectrum is kidnapped His Mum and stepdad both feel they're to blame because they've been hiding things Bleak Harbor was bleak sorry The first two thirds were dreary and slooooow The characters were colorless; the flashbacks stopped the story from flowing The last third was a little better because there was finally something happening but the problem was what was happening was totally ridiculous This one just didn't work for me Might be enjoyed by somebody who can completely ignore what they've ever learnt about autism and who is happy to suspend disbelief


  7. Art Art says:

    Terrible plotI’m sorry but this was a terrible attempt to write a mystery novel with a little technology thrown in as a whim Difficult to follow at times with numerous characters that come together in a weak conclusion Not recommended


  8. Michael Martz Michael Martz says:

    If you're willing to suspend disbelief for a few hours mainly for the 2nd half of the book Bryan Gruley's 'Bleak Harbor' may be just the mystery for you It begins conventionally enough with a family comprised of an autistic teenage boy his mother a business executive and stepfather an eff up who is now in the legal marijuana business living an idyllic life in a small lakeside town in Michigan after escaping the pressures of Chicago The kid's OK but has some issues the mother is attempting to extort money from her boss to cover a clandestine affair they'd had and the step dad is in trouble with an illegal supplier in his supply chain On a day when the parents are juggling their responsibilities the teenager disappears and ransom demands appear The remainder of the book attempts to solve the mysteries of who took him why was the mother involved in some sort of effort to sueeze money out of her boss was it the father trying to satisfy his dealer's cash reuirement was it the dealer the boy's real father who'd just been released from prison? All sorts of uestions and with as many twists and turns the story takes I'll avoid the risk of spoiling it and stop hereThe writing is pedestrian the dialogue isn't very authentic sounding but all that's secondary to the story which in this case gets trickier and trickier and is too clever by half It moves along at a decent pace but I constantly found myself wondering about the coincidental aspect of all of these building blocks of the story being present and the unlikelihood of the conclusion of the book as the case is 'solved' Fiction's fiction I know and you often need to suspend disbelief but I like to have at least a feeling that the story could actually happen In this case it just didn't seem plausible to me


  9. Dewey Carroll Brackett Dewey Carroll Brackett says:

    Skip itThis is a long drawn out story about an autistic child who was smarter than anybody gave him credit for It is very confusing and has an abundance of f bombs I would not recommend it


  10. Erin Erin says:

    I was immediately drawn to this book by this cover so moody so mysterious And the name – Bleak Harbor – is a tip off that maybe this coastal town has some secrets that aren’t all sunshine and rainbows Perfect for that beginning of fall read where summer is waning and the leaves are just starting to turn and instead of beach reads you want something a little darkerAt first this book seems pretty straight forward – a boy goes missing and his family is desperate to find him But then little by little all these secrets spill out there are twists and turns all woven together so well that the reader never sees them coming And you never feel like something just came out of left field – it all masterfully falls into place and the reader is drawn to finish the book as fast as possible just to see what the heck happens next And the characters were perfect in that perfectly human way – not without flaws this was not a glossy magazine type family despite that their connections to the town founders This is a family with secretsAs a Michigander I love that Gruley is a Detroit native and that the setting is a small town on the water in southwest Michigan Everyone loves to find bits and pieces of places and things that they know and are familiar with in a story and it was neat to see references dropped in to cities I have visited I especially liked the addition of a Mexican restaurant named Xochilmilco – I am only guessing but perhaps named for one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in Detroit I also liked how Gruley wrote Danny He didn’t stick to a stereotyped version of someone who has autism and in fact addresses these stereotypes a few times within the book itself and challenges the reader to change their perception of what they think autism is I am not personally very familiar with the diagnosis so I can’t speak to the accuracy of Gruley’s depiction but I do like how he writes the character of DannyOverall I loved this book I found it exciting and I couldn’t wait to see what would come next It was chock full of mystery and surprise and it was exactly the type of book I have been craving


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