AUDIOBOOK + BOOK REVIEW: The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews @mkayandrews @StMartinsPress #TheNewcomer #NetGalley @MacmillanAudio

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press + Macmillan Audio

Release Date: May 04, 2021

Genre: Adult Fiction / Romance / Mystery


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.”

With a trunkful of emotional baggage…

So Letty grabs her sister’s Mercedes and hits the road with 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.

My Thoughts

One of my go-to authors for the summer beach read is definitely Mary Kay Andrews, and I have been loving the dash of mystery they include as of late. The Newcomer is no different, and it is chock-full of mystery, romance, and… murder!! I fell in love with Letty, her niece Maya, and all the retirees at The Murmuring Surf Motel. Honestly, the best part of the whole book might have been the retirees and snowbirds, and they provided a lot of comic relief throughout the novel. Most of the characters are quite likable, although we do have a couple of bad guys as well, and the women especially were mostly strong and empowered which I always love. And can we just talk about the cover? It is perfect for the story and I am in love with the colors and the whole look!

I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Kathleen McInerney and it was AH-mazing. Even her voice for Maya was on point, and she brought a lot to the book for me with her narration. There is a lot going on in the story but at the same time is a slower burn, so I really enjoyed having the audio to listen to. It is also quite the chunk at 448 pages (almost 14.5 hours for the audiobook), and having the audio made it go by much faster than if I would have read it. However, this makes it the perfect read to take on a beach vacation, and it gives you all the summer feels. I loved every single thing about The Newcomer except the length and I do think it could have been considerably shorter. That aside, I adored this book and already can’t wait for MKA’s next novel!


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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