Beyond the Moonlit Sea

- Julianne MacLean

Goodreads Book Blurb:

Olivia Hamilton is married to the love of her life, Dean, a charismatic pilot who flies private jets for the rich and famous. But when he vanishes over the Bermuda Triangle, Olivia’s idyllic existence unravels. After years of waiting, Olivia must eventually let go of the fragile hope that her beloved husband might still be alive.

Melanie Brown is a particle physicist who spends late nights studying the Bermuda Triangle. But her research interests falter when her mother dies in a tragic accident. Struggling to reboot her life and career, Melanie begins a forbidden love affair with her therapist.

When a shocking discovery shows Olivia’s and Melanie’s paths are intertwined, it casts Dean’s disappearance in a new light. The two women’s strange connection threatens to unlock secrets that will change everything Olivia thought she knew about her marriage, her husband, and most importantly, herself.


My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

not my cup of tea:
Is June a plane crash mystery month or something I don’t know about? Beyond the Moonlit Sea is the second eARC I’ve read with a lost plane at the centre of the narrative (see: The Gravity of Missing Things).

I may be in the minority here – the GoodReads rating is very high – but I found Olivia to be an insufferable perspective to read. To be fair, though, Dean and Melanie’s perspectives were not much better. Olivia and Melanie are two sides of the same coin. A very unstable, slightly insane coin. I didn’t mesh well with the writing style, and even though most of this narrative was entirely outlandish, it still managed to be incredibly predictable.

I would have loved to have seen Dean’s childhood trauma explored further; it was addressed so quickly and then basically forgotten. Dean makes so many questionable choices, Beyond the Moonlit Sea would have been much more compelling if the motivation, or even the ability, to make these choices had been analysed. All of the characters felt very shallow, but this failure to examine Dean’s past further, I believe, affected the narrative the most.

So much unexplored potential made Beyond the Moonlit Sea frustrating rather than engaging.

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