Half Moon Bay by Alice LaPlante

Half Moon Bay

A smart, haunting tale of psychological suspense from the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of Turn of Mind.Jane loses everything when her teenage daughter is killed in a senseless accident. Jane is devastated, but sometime later, she makes one tiny stab at a new life: she moves from San Francisco to the tiny seaside town of Half Moon Bay. She is inconsolable, and yet, as the months go by, she is able to cobble together some version...

Details Half Moon Bay

TitleHalf Moon Bay
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller

Reviews Half Moon Bay

  • Liz
    The book starts off so convoluted I couldn’t make heads or tails of it. Just nonsensical. Jane is enveloped in grief from the loss of her teenage daughter. And that grief has obviously affected her mind and we are the unwilling witnesses. Unfortunately, this style of writing grates. I needed something more concrete. LaPlante has us wandering in the fog, in more ways than one. Unreliable narrators are all the rage these days. And sometimes it wo...
  • Kendall
    Wow... so I'm not going to sugar coat anything in this review. This was just awful. I don't like giving negative reviews but this was not a well written novel AT ALL. The only thing I liked about this book was the cover. It's gorgeous! Unfortunately, I just could not get into Half Moon Bay by Alice LaPlante.The two main issues I had with this book was the writing style and the main character Jane. I felt for Jane... how awful to lose your child. ...
  • The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
    A haunting tale of a woman driven a little crazy by the loss of her teenage daughter in a senseless accident. Jane O'Malley has lost her daughter and husband, in an attempt to restart her life she moves from Berkeley to Half Moon Bay and takes a job at a local nursery that specializes in native plants. When not working she walks the desolate beaches and rides her motorcycle into the city. Jane keeps herself at arm's length from the local inhabita...
  • Stacey Camp
    **1 Goodreads Stars**I really hate giving bad book reviews. I know how much they hurt as someone who also writes (but for an academic audience) for a living. Unfortunately, I just could not get into Alice LaPlante's  Half Moon Bay. I finished it because I wanted to know the book's ending, but I am not sure if the book was worth persevering. The book takes place in the foggy, touristy seaside town of Half Moon Bay (in California), which is lusc...
  • Linda Strong
    When Jane's teenage daughter is killed, she is shattered. A year later she makes a move to put some kind of like together. She's done some things in the throes of her grief that she really doesn't want anyone to know, so this is a clean slate for her.She finds a job in a nursery growing exotic plants. She gets along well with her boss and then there's Adam, a man who would like to get closer to Jane. She also meets a couple, Alma and Edward, who ...
  • Susan Johnson
    Like many of the reviewers, I hate to write a bad review but even more, I hate reading a bad book and this is a bad book. If you are thinking of reading this, run. Don't waste your time. How this even got published is beyond me. What's so bad about it? The plot, the writing, the characters, shall I go on? Jane is recovering from the death of her teen-age daughter in an auto accident a year ago and the subsequent divorce from a husband. She wander...
  • Monica
    I may try again later but I just could not get interested in this story. The story is a jagged and the characters are not engaging. Shelving as DNF for now... Thanks to Netgalley for an advanced reader's copy in exchange for my honest review.
  • Jen
    Half Moon Bay was a twisty psychological novel of suspense. Jane lost everything when her daughter was killed in an accident. She's been unraveling since and is attempting to regain some semblance of peace in her life. Eventually children start disappearing in her town and Jane quickly becomes a suspect, thanks to the knowledge of her breakdowns after the death of her daughter. This was a chilling, twisty story. I was not a fan of the writing, it...
  • Annette
    I finished this book in two days. I couldn’t wait for it to end. The main character, Jane, was so flawed that I found her unbelievable. I think the author was trying, albeit unsuccessfully, to paint her as a damaged, ravaged and heart broken woman. A soul to be pitied and looked upon with emphathy. She was so easily manipulated, shaken enough to be malleable. I was bereft of any compassion for her. I think we were to believe that Jane’s incre...
  • Cassie
    First I want to thank netgalley and the author for an advanced kindle version of this book. I was greatly disappointed. I felt like this book was just all over the place and hard for me to keep straight. This book starts with he main character Jane who is dealing with the death of her daughter a year ago. She moves to a new town called half moon bay. Shortly after she arrives young girls start to go missing and are found dead. The town start to t...
  • Patricia
    I'm afraid I just couldn't get into this book. While the main plot of missing girls was good, the writing seemed stilted. Jane, the main character was not very likeable. The town of Half Moon Bay was excellently described. Thats about the only good thing I could say about this book.
  • Joyce
    A woman’s only child is accidentally killed and shortly thereafter her husband leaves her. She falls apart and, in an effort to become anonymous she leaves home and moves to Half Moon Bay to reinvent herself. Shortly after she arrives there little girls start to disappear and their remains are found days later. She, because she is new and because she is strange, is suspected of these murders and is befriended by a couple whom she describes as b...
  • Elizabeth
    great book! kept me on edge the whole book. would recommend it to anyone who likes a good suspense book
  • 2shay
    If you enjoy beautifully written descriptions of native California flora, or beautifully written descriptions of the California coast, you might enjoy this book. If you expect a likeable heroine who captures your heart? You will be disappointed.I wanted to like Jane. She’s lived through the worst nightmare a human can endure, the lose of a child and the subsequent disintegration of her marriage. Her childhood pretty much sucked, too. She’s de...
  • Vishaka Rajan
    There were two issues for me with this book: 1) Jane's character; and 2) the writing style. Jane is a mother who is shrouded in grief, for obvious reasons. While I could empathize with Jane, I wasn't able to connect with her or like her. I think this may have been because of the other personality traits the author tried to attribute to her, namely her ability to be easily manipulated. Personally, I prefer characters who have a bit more of a back...
  • Debi Samuels
    Awful. I'm not a fan of first person, but the writing is so stilted it's almost like reading William Shatner speak. Every. Single. Sentence. I couldn't finish it, and there's rarely a book I do that to. I couldn't get into the plot because I was so distracted by the way it was written. Hard to follow because of that. I only gave it two stars instead of one because the plot itself seems good if you can put up with the writing style.
  • Amy Gennaro
    Thank you to NetGalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for a candid review.Hmmmm... Something good: I finished this book. It was readable. But not at all realistic or believable. Most of the characters were unlikeable. You sympathize with the horrible tragedy, but most readers don't want to be immersed in it. At least not like this.When the killer is finally revealed----it was obvious.....and the book ended two seconds later. No, I would not rec...
  • Colleen
    I enjoyed this book, but the ending was extremely rushed.
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    Half Moon Bay by Alice LaPlante is a so-so dark mystery/psychological study of a grieving mother.A year ago Jane O'Malley lost her teenage daughter, Angela, to a car accident. Ever since that day, Jane's grief has been overwhelming, all-encompassing, and consuming her every thought. Her marriage ended. In an effort to find some way to live her life, Jane, a botanist, has moved to the tiny seaside town of Half Moon Bay to work at Smithson’s Nurs...
  • Michelle
    Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...I was excited to read this book as it sounded like a book I would love to read. The story follows a woman named Jane who has lost her teenage daughter to an accident that claimed her life. Jane is dealing with the loss of her daughter, and then the subsequent loss of her husband, as her husband decides to leave her for another woman.Dealing with the loss of her husband a...
  • Cheryl
    "This will end in tears."I am sorry I read this book and even more sorry that I finished it. I had a problem with the writing style from the very beginning but kept on reading because I had enjoyed the author's book TURN OF MIND and thought it's just got to get better. It didn't.The main character is Jane, a middle-aged woman whose teenage daughter was hit by a car and died. Her marriage dissolves and she is unable to recover from this terrible l...
  • Jenn
    From my blog and instagram account - @livereadandprosperThank you Netgalley and Scribner for letting me read this novel in exchange for my review.The story starts off with Jane having flashbacks and living in the current time. Jane is remembering the horrid past of her losing her daughter at a young age. In current times, a little girl in her neighborhood has been found dead. She had thought that moving to Half Moon Bay may be the cure for her de...
  • Holly Brown
    "Turn of Mind" is one of my favorite psychological thrillers, so I was excited to get my hands on an early copy of this one. It didn't disappoint. Alice LaPlante is a great writer, and the protagonist Jane felt believable to me in her grief that becomes a form of madness. That said, this is not a page turner; rather, you're drawn in and pulled under, like Jane herself is. It's a masterful, methodical submersion, and, at times, the book is truly u...
  • Karen
    Jane is an accomplished botanist, now working at a garden center in coastal California. She has endured an unhappy childhood, the death of her teenage daughter whose motorist killer walks unpunished, the demise of her marriage and loss of only her misery but also her anger. She can barely stand to be around other people. She is the (unreliable) narrator of the story, but her doings and thoughts are pretty hard to endure. Her eventual involvement ...
  • Lucia
    I enjoyed this book but also found it to be a bit of a depressing story. I had figured out the ending but felt like it was a bit abrupt; it just seemed like it could or should have been a bit more fleshed out. I would totally recommend this book however, because the mystery at the center of the story and the main character's issues were interesting and well written.
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  • Julie
    The death of her 16 year old daughter left Jane severely unhinged. After her husband leaves her, she relocates to the quiet community of Half Moon Bay to escape “what happened in Berkeley.” When young girls start disappearing, Jane is deemed suspicious because of her background and her newness. She then gets sucked into a bizarre love triangle with another couple who have recently moved into town. The narrative isn’t quite stream-of-conscio...
  • David V.
    Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 3-20-18. Finished 3-23-18. After her child is killed, a woman loses her marriage and moves to a small California beach town to start over. Then young girls begin to disappear and are killed. She eventually becomes a suspect. She slowly has made some friends including a couple with an open marriage philosophy, and her coworkers at a gardening store. The story kept my attention, although I found the en...
    Thirty-nine year old Jane O'Malley, after suffering the grievous loss of her sixteen-year-old daughter, Angela, moves to a cottage in Princeton-by-the Sea, not far from the scenic Half Moon Bay, a rustic retreat in northern California. Jane, who is an expert on plants indigenous to the state, works in a gardening center, "Smithson's Nursery," but for the most part keeps to herself. She has been in mourning for a little over a year, with no end in...