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Bleak Harbor

(Bleak Harbor #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  598 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews

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 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, r

Kindle Edition, 349 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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    Bleak Harbor
    Release date: Dec 01, 2018
    Their son is gone. Deep down, they think they’re to blame.

    Summertime in Bleak Harbor means tourists, overpriced restaurants, and the Dragonfly Festiva

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    Giveaway dates: Nov 03 - Nov 30, 2018

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    Bryan Hi, Alba. Of course you have to read the second book--and the third, and the fourth. :) Kidding. The next book will not advance the Danny story, but a…moreHi, Alba. Of course you have to read the second book--and the third, and the fourth. :) Kidding. The next book will not advance the Danny story, but a future one might. Thanks for reading.

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    James Thane
    Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    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 climax.

    At the center of
    Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
    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 darker.

    At first, this book seems pretty straight forward – a boy goes missing, and his family is desperate to find him. But then, lit
    Dan Radovich
    Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Back in 2008/2009, an advance reader edition of a little novel was given to me by Wendy Sheanin at Simon & Schuster with a note saying "I think you will like this one, and the author lives in Chicago.'. That novel is STARVATION LAKE, and it was like a smack to the back of the head, in a good way. A very good way. Gruley's debut was lauded with good reason, it is filled with a great story peopled with believable characters. Two novels followed, continuing the story of Gus Carpenter and the pe ...more
    Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I was offered an advance copy of "Bleak Harbor" in exchange for a review. I agreed on the strength of the book's description, though I did not know the author, Bryan Gruley.

    "Bleak Harbor" is a tightly-plotted mystery set in a small Michigan town, and you know what they say about small towns ... there's more going on beneath their placid surfaces than anyone will ever know (I don't know Michigan and am not qualified to say whether Gruley captures some of its essence, but his descriptions have the
    B Lynn
    Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Manipulation Creates Mayhem

    Excessive manipulation? Kidnapping? Disappearance combined with threats?

    What lengths will a person go to in order to extort money? And why? The motives will surprise you in Bryan Gruley newest book, Bleak Harbor.

    When 16-year-old Danny (not Daniel) disappears, and a picture of him tied to a chair turns up on the household computers, his parents are horrified. Baffled by the requests for money they obsess about getting the ransom. They can’t go to Danny’s wealthy grandmo
    Tyson Adams
    Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
    If you received a dollar for everytime someone said "X business is a license to print money" you'd have the first instance of that statement being true.

    On the day before the Dragonfly Festival in Bleak Harbor, Danny Peters goes missing. Pete Peters, his stepdad, is having a quick beer after work at his medicinal marijuana shop before he and Danny go fishing when he receives a strange text message. Carey Peters is halfway through her long commute, thinking of her work problems, when she receives
    Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I chose this from the monthly free offerings from Amazon. Danny, a 15 yr old autistic boy, his mom and stepdad move from Chicago to Bleak Harbor, a small tourist town that lives up to its name. Danny's mother has a high powered job in Chicago which she commutes to and his stepdad excitedly starts a new legalized marijuana shop in Bleak Harbor which does not make the quick riches he thought it would. He starts running his shop in the most unscrupulous ways. The mother, in her job, sleeps with her ...more
    Mark Hornbeck
    Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Fortunate to receive an advance copy... what a thriller! If you enjoy mystery novels with a great payoff, this book is for you. Superbly written, replete with interesting characters (my favorite was Quartz the ‘fixer’), intricate plotting and vivid detail that places the reader in every scene. And best of all, a surprise twist that will leave mystery aficionados satisfied.
    George Lichman
    Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Carey Bleak Peters should be the Princess of Bleak Harbor, Michigan. The City, after all, was founded by her family during the boon of the steel industry—and made them rich, wealth that continued beyond the closing of the steel and timber mills and shipping in the harbor as Bleak Harbor transformed into a summer vacation destination for the wealthy. But Carey’s mother, Serenity Bleak, sole heir of the fortune estimated to be worth several hundred million dollars, has other plans. And they don’t ...more
    Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Twisted Tale

    My Kindle First choice for November was “Bleak Harbor” based solely on the strength of Bryan Gruley’s reputation as a writer. That faith was well founded. This is a gripping mystery, chock full of surprising twists and turns, with characters that are as flawed as the rest of us. Danny is an exceptionally intelligent fifteen year old boy who happens to be on the autism spectrum, yet is high functioning. His mother, Carey and stepfather, Pete are unlikely to win ”Parent of the Year” aw
    Pamela S Eveland
    Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Many twists and surprises

    I was pleasantly surprised by the plot twists that kept continuing throughout this novel. While I was not compelled, as some other reviewers were, to read the book in one sitting, it is a far more satisfying read than most other suspense novels I've read lately. No, you won't fall in love with the characters (except Danny?); they are, however, complex and well developed with believable motives. (I was a little puzzled as to why we have the history we do on the cop, and a
    Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: detective, thrillers
    The small town of Bleak Harbor, notable for nothing much apart from its annual Dragonfly Festival, owes its existence to the wealthy Bleak family of industrialists.

    At the height of the festival the autistic grandson of reclusive matriarch Serenity Bleak is kidnapped. What at first appears to be a straightforward story develops into a complex web of blackmail, cybercrime and deceit in which nobody is quite what they appear to be.

    After a slow start the tension builds to a gripping climax. Some of
    Jacqui Jay
    Nov 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
    This is the first book I have ever read by Bryan Gruley and, to be honest, it didn't inspire me to read any more. The early chapters moved quite quickly but in a disjointed way, leaving gaps that were later explained almost as an aside. I got no feel at all for the character of Danny, and gave up about a third the way through. Later, I flipped to the last few chapters and literally read them with my mouth hanging open. Without writing a spoiler, all I can say is that the person revealed as culpa ...more
    Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A Wonderful Suspenseful Read

    I got this book from Amazon First Read for November. I was torn between two books this month but was intrigued with this one. I'm glad I picked it. This is my first book by Bryan Hurley and it proved to be brilliant. It keeps you guessing through the entire book. I would think I had it figured out then another twist would happen so you aren't sure until final chapters. I really hope Me Hurley does a sequel to this book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a myste
    Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

    Bam! Bam! Bam! That's the way the surprises come one after another in this excellent thriller. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop, I just bounced through one chapter after another while being happily pummeled by Bryan Gruley as he took me along for the ride. This is what a thriller is supposed to be! Simply fantastic in every aspect. I can't wait to read more by Mr. Gruley!
    Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    What to say about this book? I chose this from my Amazon Prime first look list as it seems to be quite the thriller. Unfortunately, I ended up feeling more than a little disappointed. I didn't really bond with any of the characters and I found the story pretty flat and predictable. I also didn't like the way it ended at all.

    That said, it did keep me turning pages and for that reason gets 3 stars.
    Christine Lowe
    Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Who Kidnapped Danny?

    This is my choice for Kindle's First Read and it is a smoking great read. The plot had so many misdirections that I kept changing my mind about who kidnapped Danny. The story was very good and held my interest right up to the surprise ending. I will happily read anything else written by Bryan Gruley. I strongly recommend this book to readers who like suspense and mystery genre.
    Dorothy Stone
    Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
    You will never guess the ending

    From the first page to the last there are times where it seems like this book will never end. Many times I wanted to stop reading but kept going. I 'm glad I did because the ending will blow your mind. Would recommend this for anyone who loves a good mystery.
    Chandru CS
    Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
    The fact I’m that is the reason why I have to school

    “Pretty pretty pretty dragonflies . . . pretty pretty.” Danny sings softly into the sunshine, the lilting ditty his mother made up when he was a little boy. He stops and listens. He knows he was singing a little off-key. He closes his eyes.
    Shelly Ryder
    Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I could not put this book down. Excellent thriller! We got to know the inside thoughts of all the main characters, with some scenes repeated to see the other person's perspective. Lots of suspense, twists and the big twist toward the end. This was my first read from Bryan Gruley as one of the November 1st Picks from Amazon. Will definitely read more of his work.
    ronald c. greenberg
    Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
    Tough read

    I must admit I had to struggle to finish. I’m a 3-5 book a week reader and didn’t find the characters very attractive or appealing. Figured out most almost from the start of the missing kid I really hate to admit defeat and not finish a book but came close with this one. Frankly not worth my time but I will give author another chance.
    Tina Bailey
    Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Sensational book!

    I had never heard of this writer before now, but I will look up his other books immediately. This one actually stumped me further than most. The characters were very well written, and the backdrop was very visible with his words. The plot was exceptional, and I think this will be a highly recommended and successful book.
    Maria Robinson
    Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
    A well named novel

    I didn't like this book at all but I am sure the cleverness of the story I'll appeal to some, hence the three stars. I didn't feel any warmth to any of the characters except a little for Danny but on the whole just found it rather a 'cold' book. I also found the constant swearing wearisome.
    Leroy F Chambliss
    Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Whatta Mystery

    This is the best mystery thriller I've read in years. Superb character development and intertwining to engage the reader until the very end but not an ending without a lens into the final chapter
    cathy lynne smith
    Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
    Not sure?

    I'm not sure what I just read. I enjoyed the book until the end and then was completely let down. I'm still confused. It's like the story doesn't have a conclusion. Totally disgusted.
    Kathey Carr
    Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
    A good one!

    Enjoyable and tough to put down! even tho I figured out the identity of the "bad guy" fairly early on, that didn't stop my curiosity!
    True sign of a good book...I hope to find a sequel!!!
    Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
    An Amazon first read. I liked this book but I guessed the twist far too easily. It got very messy and unbelievable at the end. It felt like the finale took up a third of the book and I was relieved to finish it. I did like the characters and setting though, I would try another book by this author.
    Mary Lee
    Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A Must Read

    I couldn't put this story down. Bryan Gruley created an awesome plot line, one that had me guessing and second guessing. The only thing I regret is the story has ended and I'm still craving more. I hope there's a sequel.
    Lynn Laryn
    Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

    The story was very good. It has a lot of twists and turns as the main characters try to figure out who kidnapped their son and how they can come up with the ransom demanded. The ending will surprise you! I'm definitely going to read this author again.
    Mary Rowe
    Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Unexpected Jolly Good Story

    At first I was put off by the deceptions being perpetrated by everyone; no one seemed to have any moral compass. Then such random, inexplicable events started, without apparent rhyme or reason until it all comes together. Bravo, Mr. Gruley!
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    Bryan Gruley is back. BLEAK HARBOR, his new standalone, will be published December 1 by Thomas & Mercer. It’s the story of the kidnapping of an autistic teenage boy whose parents have secrets that may have put him in danger.

    Gillian Flynn says Bleak Harbor is “an electric bolt of suspense, packed with twists and surprises,” and “a masterful follow-up to his Starvation Lake trilogy.” Steve Hamil

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