The Newcomer, a review by Sherry

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The Newcomer
Mary Kay Andrews

448 pages
St Martin’s Press
14 hours 30 minutes
Macmillan Audio
May 4, 2021

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This is my first Mary Kay Andrews book.  The covers always make me think they are a light read and I was proven wrong.  This is the perfect summer read.  There is suspense, romance, and friendship abundant in the book, but I wouldn’t call it fluff.  I’ve read a lot of heavy books as of late and this was just what I needed.

Letty took her niece Maya and fled New York when she finds out her sister has been murdered.  She always claimed if something happened to her it would be her exe to blame.  They end up at a beach resort in Florida.  The story unwinds as Letty acclimates herself to her new home while making sure Maya’s father doesn’t find them.

The pace was a little slow to start, but once I was drawn into the story, I just wanted to read more about the inn and the quirky cast of characters.  The author does a great job of creating people you want to know more about. I don’t think anything about the plot or ending will surprise you, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. This was the perfect choice to cleanse my palate and start my summer reading. 

I flipped back and forth from the print to audiobook and enjoyed both.  While listening to the audiobook, I enjoyed Kathleen McInerney’s narration.  She set a great tone and drew me into the story.


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