Purgatory Bay

Purgatory BayTwelve Years Ago, Her Life Was Torn Apart Now Those Who Wronged Her Will PayJubilee Rathman Is A Straight A Student And Star Soccer Goalie Destined For Princeton Until Her Family Is Brutally Murdered Twelve Years Later, She Lives In A Virtual Fortress On Purgatory Bay Near Bleak Harbor, Plotting Revenge On The People She Considers ResponsibleIn Her Crosshairs Is Former Reporter Michaela Mikey Deming, Who Jubilee Believes Got Her Family In Trouble With The Detroit Mob As Retribution, Jubilee Kidnaps Mikey S Sister And Daughter, And That S Just The Start In Her Ruthless Quest For JusticeBleak Harbor Police Chief Katya Malone, Still Reeling From Her Failure To Find A Kidnapped Boy, Leads The Investigation She S Determined To Keep History From Repeating, But Jubilee Is Cunning Than Malone Can ImagineAll Mikey And Katya Can Do Is Follow Jubilee S Dangerous Trail Of Clues But In Bleak Harbor, Nothing Is What It Seems, And No One Can Be Trusted As An Ominous End Draws Ever Nearer, The Women Must Face The Misdeeds Of The Past To Find The Kidnapping Victims Before It S Too Late In Purgatory bay, author Bryan Gruley has created a deliciously intricate and complex puzzle that will keep readers guessing from beginning to end while furiously turning the pages along the way.Twelve years ago, Jubilee Rathman s family was brutally murdered by Detroit mobsters who had ensnared Jubilee s father into laundering money for them and who then slaughtered the family and set their home aflame, believing that Jubilee s father had ratted them out to the authorities and to two newspaper In Purgatory bay, author Bryan Gruley has created a deliciously intricate and complex puzzle that will keep readers guessing from beginning to end while furiously turning the pages along the way.Twelve years ago, Jubilee Rathman s family was brutally murdered by Detroit mobsters who had ensnared Jubilee s father into laundering money for them and who then slaughtered the family and set their home aflame, believing that Jubilee s father had ratted them out to the authorities and to two newspaper reporters Only Jubilee and her brother Joshua, who was badly burned in the attack, survived.Jubilee, who was once a model student and a star high school soccer player bound for the Ivy League, has spent the years since the attack plotting her revenge against those she blames for the deaths of her father, mother and sister and for the maiming of her brother She has reinvented herself and her brother, and she s built a large, fortress like complex on Purgatory Bay, protected by the latest technological devices and administered by a digital assistant named Frances, who is basically Alexa on steroids.Jubilee sets her plan into motion on a weekend when a prestigious girls hockey tournament is scheduled to be played in neighboring Bleak Harbor She has used the tournament as an opportunity to draw into her web Michaela Mikey Deming who, as a young reporter, wrote a story that Jubilee believes betrayed her father and put him in the sights of the mob killers Her other targets include a member of the crime family that attacked her family, another reporter, a former cop and others But Jubilee intends to hit most of these people indirectly in a way that will cause them to suffer the same pain that she has endured since that night twelve years ago.As I suggested above, this is a very intricately plotted novel, and Gruley reveals the vital information slowly, in bits and pieces, as the story progresses For much of the book, the reader is unsure exactly what is happening or why, and the tension builds to a great climax where everything finally falls into place Gruley has demonstrated his considerable talent in four previous books, the Starvation Lake series and last year s Bleak Harbor, but Purgatory Bay is his best yet and is sure to win him large numbers of new fans Purgatory Bay by Bryan Gruley is the second instalment in the Bleak Harbor series but I had no problem reading this as a standalone, having not yet read the first book Teenager Jubilee Rathman s promising life as she knows it changes forever overnight when her family is brutally murdered by order of the Detroit mob Twelve years later, she sets in motion a well prepared plan for revenge against the people she believes are responsible for the loss of her family The book alternates between the t Purgatory Bay by Bryan Gruley is the second instalment in the Bleak Harbor series but I had no problem reading this as a standalone, having not yet read the first book Teenager Jubilee Rathman s promising life as she knows it changes forever overnight when her family is brutally murdered by order of the Detroit mob Twelve years later, she sets in motion a well prepared plan for revenge against the people she believes are responsible for the loss of her family The book alternates between the time of the murders and the present when Jubilee s plan begins to be deployed with ruthlessness and anger against those she believes to be her enemies Who are these people How did they cause Jubilee s huge loss Are they responsible for her tragedy The plot of this mystery is original and the action never lets up Who doesn t love a good old fashioned revenge yarn Thank you to Thomas Mercer and NetGalley for the e ARC in exchange for an honest review I haven t read the first book of this series so I might have beenattached to the characters if I had The plot is pretty original and drones as murder weapon is still pretty fresh This wasn t a whodunit as much as a slow yet often predictable unraveling of why A couple of hiccups with a couple of twists make this a good read overall and I would readfrom the Author.Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley A bit on the confusing side protagonists on opposite sides suffering similar personal tragedies, a revenge plot quite diabolical but with way too many moving parts, an explosion of characters especially near the end still an entertaining and fast moving story.I was intrigued by several positive reviews so went to purchase the book only to find out it will not be released until January 2020 so grabbed a copy from Net Galley in exchange for a review First time I have used them and it downl A bit on the confusing side protagonists on opposite sides suffering similar personal tragedies, a revenge plot quite diabolical but with way too many moving parts, an explosion of characters especially near the end still an entertaining and fast moving story.I was intrigued by several positive reviews so went to purchase the book only to find out it will not be released until January 2020 so grabbed a copy from Net Galley in exchange for a review First time I have used them and it downloaded the book as a document to my kindle which seemed to cause occasional technical issues but made it through Major issue for me was where the bad guy managed to get the funds to engineer and carry out the mission so either a fortune was left behind after the original incident that generated the desire for revenge hard to imagine the family business generating that kind of profit, even with the sideline business for the mob or some insurance paid off that was never mentioned.At any rate, thanx Net Galley for the interesting read Another page turner with surprises from Bryan Gruley So well written His descriptions of characters, their clothes, expressions and frame of mind, surroundings, the weather I m there. Disappointing tale from Gruley about a woman, Jubilee Rathman, who sets out to get revenge on anyone and everyone who she thinks is responsible for the murder of her parents and sister and the horrible injuries to her brother in a mob hit The biggest problem with the book is that Jubilee comes across so nasty, vicious, self righteous and generally unlikable that I didn t feel an ounce of sympathy towards her If Gruley wanted us to feel bad for her, which seemed to be the intent, then he failed Disappointing tale from Gruley about a woman, Jubilee Rathman, who sets out to get revenge on anyone and everyone who she thinks is responsible for the murder of her parents and sister and the horrible injuries to her brother in a mob hit The biggest problem with the book is that Jubilee comes across so nasty, vicious, self righteous and generally unlikable that I didn t feel an ounce of sympathy towards her If Gruley wanted us to feel bad for her, which seemed to be the intent, then he failed miserably Her attacks on the children of her adversaries, based on a whacked out comment her dad made years ago, just didn t ring true Even though the ending was rather solid, it still did not have the emotional impact it should have since I never cared about Jubilee s mission The other characters were annoying in their own way as well, albeit to a lesser extent A much better concept than actual execution, this story should have been so much better considering Gruley s previous successes My least favorite of his books 2.5 stars EntertainingThis book was entertaining and easy to read I enjoyed the bit of suspense It loosely referenced the first book but didn t go into too much detail which was good. A diabolical and complicated revenge plan to strike out against multiple enemies is launched creating an intriguing and entertaining plot to keep you on the edge of your seat to see what twist is coming next Excellent character development really strengthens the plot to bring the characters and story to life You won t want to miss this second installment in the Bleak Harbor series Kudos to the author for weaving a delightfully complicated story and I hope to read muchfrom him in the f A diabolical and complicated revenge plan to strike out against multiple enemies is launched creating an intriguing and entertaining plot to keep you on the edge of your seat to see what twist is coming next Excellent character development really strengthens the plot to bring the characters and story to life You won t want to miss this second installment in the Bleak Harbor series Kudos to the author for weaving a delightfully complicated story and I hope to read muchfrom him in the future Snagged an advance copy of this What I love is how Gruley blended elements of his superb Starvation Lake trilogy with the pacing and plotting of Bleak Harbor This one is tense from the jump, and Jubilee is a piece of work Check it out You ll like it. Revenge Is A Dish Best Served ColdTwelve years before the novel timeline, Jubilee, suffering from a hangover, is sitting in an iron chair in a state police office She is repeatedly asked for her driver s license, but she is not cooperative and wants to know why she is here Finally, one officer shows her a picture of her dead near naked younger brother sprayed out near a pond.Then, the main storyline shifts to current novel timeline and to a Mikey talking her daughter while driving to the daugh Revenge Is A Dish Best Served ColdTwelve years before the novel timeline, Jubilee, suffering from a hangover, is sitting in an iron chair in a state police office She is repeatedly asked for her driver s license, but she is not cooperative and wants to know why she is here Finally, one officer shows her a picture of her dead near naked younger brother sprayed out near a pond.Then, the main storyline shifts to current novel timeline and to a Mikey talking her daughter while driving to the daughter s ice hockey tournament The daughter is quite close to her blind aunt As they drive by the aunt s house, the aunt doesn t appear to be home A car pulls out in front of them and blocks every attempt to pass it After that, they proceed to the Mikey s father s home where they were staying during the tournament The main storyline splits into another thread with Jubilee and her brother who are preparing drones with various deadly weapons attached More deaths occur seemingly unrelated to everyone but Jubilee and her brother The novel has three basic groups of main storyline threads The first consists of chapters in the voice Jubilee and her brother where you learn what they are doing and why The second tread is primarily in the voice of Jubilee twelve years earlier that provides the genesis of her motives in the current timeline The last thread is told through chapters in the voice of Mikey, her daughter, the blind aunt, the aunt s current boyfriend, the chief of police, the mayor, a newspaper reporter, and Jubilee s longtime lawyer This last thread group presents the storyline by observing the events as they occur and as those characters try to find out what is happening.From the above, you can gather that this novel has many moving parts as it jumps to a new character for each chapter I found that the first 50% of this novel to be difficult reading because of this choppy narrative It only was until the last half of the novel that the main storylines started to coalesce that the novel became easier to read Then, my attention was captured, and I started to enjoy reading the novel The first half for me was three stars and the last half five stars.The B storyline was very extensive for Mikey, her daughter, Jubilee and her brother Almost all of the other characters also had a decent B storylines It made me think that this was the first novel in the series because of the depth of these B storylines, but it is the second novel in the series I have not read the first novel, but it seems that the only thing in common is the location of the novel I could be wrong here.This book does not have any sex scenes in it, but I noticed a littlevulgar language and references than in the novels I usually read This may trigger some readers who may be sensitive to the use of language There is some violence described as it happen but none of it was titillating or overly graphic.By the end, all questions I had while reading the novel were tied up and explained I especially enjoyed the last two chapters While the novel did end on a high note you will have to endure the challenging start Above I rated the two halves Now I rate the whole novel with four stars I do recommend reading this book Be persistent, you ll enjoy it.I have received a free e book version of this novel through NetGalley from Thomas Mercer with an expectation for an honest, unbiased review I wish to thank Thomas Mercer for the opportunity to read and review this novel early