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...more
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At first, this book seems pretty straight forward – a boy goes missing, and his family is desperate to find him. But then, lit ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
That said, it did keep me turning pages and for that reason gets 3 stars.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 ...more