Margin Notes: Silver Bay

Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes

When Mike Dormer heads out from London to a small seaside town in Australia to kick-start a hotel development, he expects just another deal. But Silver Bay is not just any seaside town, and the inhabitants of the eccentric ramshackle Silver Bay Hotel - the enigmatic skipper Liza McCullen, her ten-year-old daughter, and her legendary shark-catching aunt Kathleen, as well as the crews of the local whale-watching boats - swiftly begin to temper his own shark-like tendencies. He is left wondering who really has the greater right to the bay's waters. As the development begins to take on a momentum of its own, and the effect on the whales that migrate past the bay begins to reveal itself, Mike's and Liza's worlds collide, with dramatic results. New, unforeseen hazards emerge to confront both the creatures and the McCullen women. How close can you get, before you end up destroying what you love? 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An easy, breezy summer read. I wasn't too invested in the characters, and that's ok. The plot was a little predictable, but not in an annoying way--the mystery just wasn't much of a mystery for me. I still enjoyed it. I liked the female characters for the most part, particularly the townspeople. The male characters all felt flat to me. (view spoiler)

If you're looking for something to read at the airport, this would do the trick. If you're looking for your next favorite book, I'd say this probably isn't going to be it. 

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