BOOK REVIEW: Bleak Harbor (Bleak Harbor #1) by Bryan Gruley

Posted December 12, 2018 by wildandw in ARC Review, Book Reviews / 0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW:  Bleak Harbor (Bleak Harbor #1) by Bryan GruleyBleak Harbor by Bryan Gruley
Series: Bleak Harbor #1
Published by Thomas & Mercer on December 1, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 378
Format: ARC

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When Danny’s mother, Carey, and stepfather, Pete, receive a photo of their brilliant, autistic, and socially withdrawn son tied to a chair, they fear the worst.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.


I was so excited to read Bleak Harbor — blurbed by Gillian Flynn (one of my favorite authors) — but it just wasn’t for me.

Basically, I liked the premise but didn’t enjoy the execution. Bryan Gruley is no stranger to mysteries; he is well known for his Starvation Lake series. However, I felt like his writing in this book was not that of a seasoned author. Bleak Harbor seemed a little scattered and lacked good pacing that is necessary in this genre.

Overall, I feel like Bleak Harbor fell short. I wanted to like this book more, but I just didn’t connect. I’m sure some fans of mysteries would enjoy this read, though.

*Thanks to Little Bird Publicity and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.


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