Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

Published May 7, 2019

Hardcover, 432 pages


(Thanks to St. Martins Press, I received an ARC)


Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist.

Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.

It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.

With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews’ signature wit, heart, and charm.


This is the second book I have read by this author and I loved it even more than the first. It had a little bit of everything mystery, romance, murder, and family relationships to name a few. I thought maybe it would be a bit too much with all that was going on, but the author does it in a way that ties up every loose end and really leaves you with no questions. Based on the cover I thought I was going to get a cutesy, beachy, summery, read. I got all of that and way more.

To say I loved Drue would be a major understatement. The character development in the story was unbelievably perfect. You could see how she grew from the beginning of the story to the end into the woman she was meant to be. Drue’s father, stepmother, and coworkers, really added substance to the story. Some of my favorite parts of the story were the mystery solving and fixing up the old Beach House with Drue.

I cannot wait to get my hands on another book by this author, she is definitely added to my auto buy list. I just feel like I got so much out of this book, and I’m very impressed that I didn’t feel overwhelmed when reading it. I also have to make a quick mention of the sections where we went back in time to see how one of the mysteries played out. Those parts are extremely necessary and really added so much more to the story.


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