Bleak Harbor

A Novel
Narrated by: Scott Merriman
Series: Bleak Harbor, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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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When Danny’s mother, Carey, and stepfather, Pete, receive a photo of their brilliant, autistic, and socially withdrawn son tied to a chair, they fear the worst. But there’s also more 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 abduction?

As 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.

©2018 Bryan Gruley (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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Slow, not believable, not for me...

I just could not get into this book. At 3 1/2 hours in I thought thought the story was picking up. At about 5 hours in I increased the play speed to 1.5x the normal speed. I stuck with it at this point since I was mildly curious how the story would be resolved. Once that happened I was wondering why I had continued. I found the conclusion preposterous given the characters involved. I will not spoil this for anyone but it is not on my recommended list.
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Meh

Tried hard to like this book, especially since it was a daily deal for $2. I listened for over 4 hours, but I never connected with any of the characters.
Narrator made me want to take a nap.

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Quite a good read

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. The last couple hours had my mind spinning! It is well written, edited, has engaging characters and the narrator did a wonderful job! I highly recommend this book .

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Gratuitous Filthy Language and Descriptions

The horrific language and filthy descriptions ruined what might otherwise have been a good storyline. I will never know for sure, because I couldn't get through even a third of the book. It was disgusting and left me feeling defiled. Sickening...just sickening.

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Not so great

The plotline was great, but the way the police handled the situation was ridiculous. It ruined the whole story. When a child is kidnapped, you take the phone, laptop, etc immediately. You don't wait for the parents to bring it in the next day. You don't run around leaving the parents of the kid to run around by themselves also. Just no.

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Enjoyable

I loved Danny's birthday gift to himself. The planned chaos and unselfish gift to those he felt should get what they needed to be content with life.

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Bleak Story

I struggled to finish this book. The plot was very formulaic and simply didn't keep me enthralled.

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A layering of secrets!

What starts out as a simple story about a missing/kidnapped teen turns into a complicated layering of many people with many dark secrets. The story is well woven and entertaining. I am quite looking forward to more books from this author. The only weak spot was the narrator, I at first thought it was an electronic recitation of the story, but once you get into his mechanical flow, it is ok. I’d recommend reading this book yourself though to get the full enjoyment.

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Brilliant Plot!

Lots of twists and turns that keeps you waiting to learn what will happen next! Highly recommend!

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save your time!

Way too slow moving. I had to work at completing it and I'm not sure why I bothered.