The Bay At Midnight

The Bay At Midnight

Many years have passed, but Julie Bauer is still haunted by the murder of her sister, Isabel, at the age of seventeen at Bay Head Shores in 1962.

Now a note written by a dying man brings the memories flooding back and raises important new questionsabout twelve-year-old Julie’s role in the events on that fateful night. 

About a devastating secret that her mother has kept from her family all these years.  About racism in 1960’s America. And about the innocent man who went to prison for Isabel’s murder and the guilty one who didn’t.

Determined to uncover the truth, Julie must gather her courage to revisit the past and untangle the complex emotions that led to one unspeakable act of violence on the bay at midnight.

Diane Chamberlain’s compelling explorations of complex moral dilemmas and family relationships have seen her described as ‘the Southern Jodi Picoult.’ 

The Bay At Midnight - her second novel to be published in the UK - is sure to thrill her many new fans.

Diane Chamberlain grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey and is the award-winning author of sixteen novels. 

Her previous career in psychology and her work in hospitals reflect her keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as giving her the background to create real, living characters.

She comments:  ‘This story (The Bay At Midnight) actually began with the setting.  Until I was 18, my family owned a small bungalow on a canal in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. I’ve always felt nostalgic about my long-ago summer home.

"The setting, with its early sixties’ innocence, seemed perfect for a mystery.  I had so many real details in my memory from living there... that the book was easy to write.’ Diane lives in North Carolina, USA.