Saturday, December 9, 2023

THE BUNGALOW ON SHADOW ROAD by Christy Barritt, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney


"The message was loud and clear. Melinda was in danger."

After life takes Melinda Marx on an unexpected detour, she finds herself in the position to explore new opportunities, never imagining that showing up to an invitation only event at The Bungalow on Shadow Road, a luxurious oceanfront resort on the coast of North Carolina, would be one of them. Upon arrival, she not only re-connects with a man she once loved, but discovers that the entire reason for her summons is some sort of slightly creepy competition. There are five contestants, to begin with . . . and the winner? . . . takes over ownership of the inn.
Floating dolls, dead housekeeping staff, indecipherable codes . . . . all converge in this non-stop combination of missed cues and second chances. "For I know the plans I have for you . . . " Jeremiah 29:11

And yes, those plans included solving the mystery surrounding "The Bungalow on Shadow Road".
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
Even the best opportunities come at a price . . .

When Melinda Marx receives a mysterious invitation to visit the quaint, historic oceanfront inn in Carova, NC, where she spent her childhood summers, it seems like the perfect opportunity to regroup after her painful divorce. But when she arrives, she learns this is no ordinary beach getaway.

The inn’s owner has died, and four strangers with their own invitations are already there waiting for answers.

Deputy Micah Warner never got over the woman who broke his heart years ago. Now, Melinda—one of five seemingly random visitors handpicked for a high-stakes competition to win the profitable inn—is back in town. But before Micah can come to terms with her sudden appearance, the surprise reunion takes an ominous turn.

Someone wants the contestants gone, and when people start disappearing, the question is no longer who will win but, rather, who will survive?

River Heights Publishing, October, 2023


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