Set against this background of the possible murders is the story of Sara Avery. It is her first visit back to her family’s beach shack after an absence of several years. Living up in Queensland, she had made a good life for herself as the manager of a Barramundi farm. But when things start to unravel both at work and with her relationship with her boyfriend Jake, it is to the Bay Of Fires that Sara flees, in an attempt to sort herself (and her life) out.
Like a few other reviewers, I didn’t find Bay Of Fires to be especially suspenseful or to have the usual pace and rhythm of a murder mystery. I would also agree it was a little disjointed in places. However, in saying that, I still found it an easy book to read and certainly interesting enough to keep turning the pages right until the end. I don’t necessarily think there is anything wrong with having a story with a murder in the background that is more of a literary novel – however if that is the case it should probably not be marketed as a ‘murder mystery’ or in the ‘suspense’ genre. I think if that is what you are looking for, you will be a little disappointed with Bay Of Fires. Again though, I thought it was a very solid debut novel, which was very well written and kept me engaged throughout. I look forward to Poppy’s next novel.