Review & Giveaway: Half Moon Bay by Helene Young

Title: Half Moon Bay

Author: Helene Young

Published: Penguin May 2013

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Status: Read from May 22 to 23, 2013 { Courtesy Netgalley/the publisher}

My Thoughts:

With the wonderful balance of action, intrigue and romance which Helene Young always gets exactly right, Half Moon Bay is an exciting and engaging novel.

When the small community of Half Moon Bay is threatened by a corrupt Lord Mayor, international photojournalist Ellie Wilding returns to her home town determined to stop him. It doesn’t take long for Ellie to uncover evidence of kick backs and blackmail but she is shocked to discover that O’Sullivan may also be complicit in a drug ring involving Asian casino operators, Afghani warlords, Australian ex-soldiers and the death of her older sister Nina, a journalist, three years before and half a world away.
Nick Lawson is stunned to find Ellie in the midst of the protests against the land development in Half Moon Bay. Working undercover, the ICAC operation he is managing could be compromised if Ellie recognises him as the soldier who was present in Afghanistan when her older sister Nina, a journalist, was shot and killed.
As Ellie continues to investigate the links between her sister, an old friend and the corruption in her home town, she has no idea of the danger she is in and Nick, desperate to keep her safe from harm, will have to tell her everything, except the truth.

Moving between war torn Afghanistan, a small Australian coastal town and the ‘big smoke, Half Moon Bay is a fast paced, tension filled adventure. With consummate skill the author has developed a plot that is believable but not entirely predictable. I really enjoyed the way in which the story begins as if a fairly transparent case of greed but deepens into a complex web of crime involving corruption, drug running, kidnapping and murder.

Ellie is a capable, independent and strong protagonist. She is willing to fight for what she believes in and ignores attempts at threats and intimidation, but not to the point of fool hardiness. I love that Young’s heroines don’t take TSTL (too stupid to live) chances, and when the situation deteriorates, Ellie acts sensibly to minimise the risks to herself and others.

The romance between Ellie and Nick is complicated by a shared past that Ellie doesn’t even remember. Nick however has never been able to forget the bravery and resourcefulness Ellie showed while trying desperately to save her sister’s life. After failing to protect Nina in Afghanistan, Nick will do anything to ensure Ellie’s safety but given his status as the ‘enemy’ with regards to the land deal, her general suspicion of him and his inability to share the truth of his connection to the whole mess, earning her trust could be an impossible task.

Once I began Half Moon Bay I was reluctant to put it down, caught up in it’s exhilarating tale of romance and suspense. It was no less than I expected though from award winning author Helene Young. Half Moon Bay is a fantastic page turner and one I recommend you add to your must read shelf.

For details on how to win a signed copy of Half Moon Bay, view Helene’s guest post published at Book’d Out earlier today – CLICK HERE

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

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  3. Teddyree
    May 27, 2013 @ 12:00:07

    Wonderful review, I really enjoyed this one too, my first Helene Young. LOL loved your comment “I love that Young’s heroines don’t take TSTL (too stupid to live) chances” …
    I bought quite a few of Helene’s earlier books based on your glowing reviews and got her to sign them at ARRC, now to get reading 🙂



  4. Annie
    Jun 30, 2013 @ 18:40:53

    This sounds like quite an ambitious story! Glad Helene pulls it off so well. 🙂



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