The Beach Trees by Karen White

61%

8 Critic Reviews

Told in alternating chapters—Julie in the present, Aimee in the 1950s—as both women search for answers to their respective mysteries, the novel is slow moving and more confusingly teased out than the plot warrants...
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

From the bestselling author of After the Rain, Sea Change, and The Color of Light...

From the time she was twelve, Julie Holt knew what a random tragedy can do to a family. At that tender age, her little sister disappeared-never to be found. It was a loss that slowly eroded the family bonds she once relied on. As an adult with a prestigious job in the arts, Julie meets a struggling artist who reminds her so much of her sister, she can't help feeling protective. It is a friendship that begins a long and painful process of healing for Julie, leading her to a house on the Gulf Coast, ravaged by hurricane Katrina, and to stories of family that take her deep into the past.

 

About Karen White

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Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen previou books. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two children. Author websites: karen-white.com; facebook.com/karenwhiteauthor
 
Published May 3, 2011 by NAL. 434 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Beach Trees
All: 8 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 3

Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Mar 28 2011

Told in alternating chapters—Julie in the present, Aimee in the 1950s—as both women search for answers to their respective mysteries, the novel is slow moving and more confusingly teased out than the plot warrants...

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Jacksonville.com

Above average
on May 28 2011

Subplots involving murder...child abduction, racism and miscegenation flit in and out like a thirsty mosquito on a summer evening.

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BlogHer

Excellent
on Aug 02 2011

The Beach Trees is the type of book I truly enjoy reading, a tightly woven narrative based firmly in emotionally realistic characters and filled with a lovely use of language.

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BlogHer

Below average
on Jul 28 2011

It wins the melodrama award...The novel goes in the trash...

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BlogHer

Good
on Jul 27 2011

The story is absorbing and well-told. It's a perfect book for the beach or kicking back at home.

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BlogHer

Good
on Jul 13 2011

The Beach Trees is a bittersweet love story, as well as an intriguing mystery that held my interest and touched my heart.

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BlogHer

Excellent
on Jul 11 2011

If you're in the mood for a gripping mystery that you can't put down, pick up this one. Someone will have to pry it from your hands once you start!

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The Quad

Below average
on Jan 29 2012

White's one downfall would probably be that she leaves some questions unanswered in the novel, which is problematic since it is not part of a series.

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