Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand was a quaint YA mystery that was reminiscent of my childhood favorites, the early Christopher Pike books – or even further with Nancy Drew.
Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand was a quaint YA mystery that was reminiscent of my childhood favorites, the early Christopher Pike books – or even further with Nancy Drew. The characters were quintuplets, which I also found charming and unique and paired with the author’s fast paced writing and ability to set a scene, this is one that I would highly recommend. If you like heavy plot and mystery, you’ll really enjoy Useless Bay. I did find the lack of character development a bit frustrating, but the mystery redeemed it.
Useless Bay is set on an island, Whidbey Island where the Gray quintuples are sort of demigods. The family members, along with their dog, work together saving people from the sea, and the story begins with a young boy who goes missing and the Gray children looking for him. The Gray quintuplets work with the little boys older brother Henry to solve the mystery, which gets completely out of control when a body is discovered and secrets begin to be unearthed. Think Percy Jackson meets Tim Burton. It’s definitely worth a read.
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Useless Bay by M.J. BeaufrandPublished by Amulet Books on October 18th 2016
A gritty, psychological thriller about a mythic set of sixteen-year-old quintuplets searching for a young boy.
On Whidbey Island, the Gray quintuplets are the stuff of legend. Pixie and her brothers have always been bigger and blonder than their neighbors, as if they were birthed from the island itself. Together, they serve as an unofficial search-and-rescue team for the island, saving tourists and locals alike from the forces of wind and sea. But, when a young boy goes missing, the mysteries start to pile up. While searching for him, they find his mother’s dead body instead—and realize that something sinister is in their midst. Edgar-nominated author M. J. Beaufrand has crafted another atmospheric thriller with a touch of magical realism that fans of mystery and true crime will devour.