The Newcomer, a review by Tanya

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The Newcomer
Mary Kay Andrews
Narrator Kathleen McInerney

14 hours, 30 min
Published 4th, 2021 by Macmillan Audio

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About the Book:

Mary Kay Andrews, the New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads delivers her next summer listen with The Newcomer.

In trouble and on the run…

After she discovers her sister Tanya dead on the floor of her fashionable New York City townhouse, Letty Carnahan is certain she knows who did it: Tanya’s ex; sleazy real estate entrepreneur Evan Wingfield. Even in the grip of grief and panic Letty heeds her late sister’s warnings: “If anything bad happens to me—it’s Evan. Promise me you’ll take Maya and run. Promise me.” So Letty grabs her sister’s Mercedes and hits the road . . .

With a trunkful of emotional baggage…

and her wailing four-year-old niece Maya. Letty is determined to out-run Evan and the law, but run to where? Tanya, a woman with a past shrouded in secrets, left behind a “go-bag” of cash and a big honking diamond ring—but only one clue: a faded magazine story about a sleepy mom-and-pop motel in a Florida beach town with the improbable name of Treasure Island. She sheds her old life and checks into an uncertain future at The Murmuring Surf Motel.

The No Vacancy sign is flashing & the sharks are circling…

And that’s the good news. Because The Surf, as the regulars call it, is the winter home of a close-knit flock of retirees and snowbirds who regard this odd-duck newcomer with suspicion and down-right hostility. As Letty settles into the motel’s former storage room, she tries to heal Maya’s heartache and unravel the key to her sister’s shady past, all while dodging the attention of the owner’s dangerously attractive son Joe, who just happens to be a local police detective. Can Letty find romance as well as a room at the inn—or will Joe betray her secrets and put her behind bars? With danger closing in, it’s a race to find the truth and right the wrongs of the past.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin’s Press

My Review: 

When I began this Audiobook, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy the narrator’s voice or not. It sounded a little nasally to me but within a couple of chapters it didn’t bother me at all, except for when she voiced the child lines (way too high-pitched).

The story was a good one, nice mystery, likable characters, enough action to keep the story moving forward however, the length of the book was quite long and really didn’t need to be.  Sometimes all the little extra things that authors put in to the story to make you feel connected, are just overkill.  This could easily have been 300 pages shorter and it wouldn’t have changed the overall effectiveness of the story.

But still, an enjoyable read. If you like Mary Kay Andrews writing style, then be sure to pick this one up.

Thank you to #StMartinsPress and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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