The Girls Across the Bay

The Girls Across the Bay by Emerald O'Brien Book Summary

A bond stronger than blood. A connection that could end it all. 
Madigan Knox and Grace Sheppard became sisters the day they entered their foster home. After living through a childhood nightmare, one brave act set them free, but split them apart into different homes.
As adults, they are reunited in the small coastal town they dreamed of living in as children, but the reality of life in Tall Pines is far from what they had imagined.
When a woman is found dead​ in her home​, Madigan reports on the crime while Grace investigates. A dark connection to the victim is discovered, pulling them both closer to the crime and the traumatic past they are desperate to move on from. 
With old wounds ripped open and dark secrets threatening their bond, the sisters must rely on each other more than ever before to survive.

The Girls Across the Bay by Emerald O'Brien Book Reviews

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Kept me reading. Enjoyed all the way through

Very good book. It will keep you wanting to read the whole thing in one sitting.

This author delves into the minds of grownups who were abused as children. The confusion, lack of confidence and the blame they assign to themselves makes this a little too realistic for my taste.

This book started off boring. There are multiple typos, but I continued to read hoping it will progress and become more interesting but it didn’t. What a waste of time.

Lots of twists and turns, could not figure out who killed both women until the end. Nice story of foster sisters reuniting and working together to piece bring justice and closure to all involved.

Enjoyed reading your book. Couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait to see what else you have out there. Thank you!

Great story and wonderful writing. Loved the characters and different writing style.

This one was confusingly complicated. I lost interest about midway but I make it a point of honor to finish even if it fails my criterion of interest. I finished but it didn’t get better in my opinion.

The Girls across the Bay (The Knox and Sheppard Mysteries, Book 1) by Emerald O’Brien 4 Stars This is my first book by this author and although I seriously enjoyed it, it took me a bit to get in to it, and there were parts I had to go back and reread because at times it was hard to follow or a bit wordy. This was about 2 young girls that started out as friends and then became sisters and their journey through foster care into adulthood. The storyline was amazing and the attention to detail was done perfectly. Living the same story through two different perspectives was unique and I did by the middle of the story find myself completely invested and I could not put the book down. I loved the bond between Madigan and Grace and watching them both deal with life in their own ways was awesome. I love crime stories and I love trying to figure it all out with them and I will say this one totally threw me, and that's what makes me love reading this genre. I highly recommend this story and I can't wait for more from this author. Awesome

I really enjoyed the characters, the storyline, and kept me in suspense to the end. Definitely recommend!

I give this suspenseful novel 5 stars. It will hold your attention and keep you guessing right to the very end.

Fascinating, complex, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying to read.

A gripping read I couldn’t put down. Just about the time I thought I knew who was guilty, I was wrong. Kept me in suspense to the very end.

A book that had a new plot twist. It didn’t have filthy language. Best of all, it was a complete book with no cliffhanger so you buy the next book.

It was a great story. The ending was sure a big surprise.

Enjoyed reading. Very good twist at end.

Good story. Good character development. Misspelled words were a distraction. Use of wrong word as in “pouring” when “poring” was appropriate was also distracting.

This is a great book. Not only a mystery/thriller that draws you into the story quickly but an emotional tour de force. The characters are so well written that they will stay with me for a long time. “Sisters” Maddie and Grace so believable and so human. This story brings out some of the horrors of Foster care (Even though most foster parents have great hearts and love beyond belief their kiddos...like my Niece Ashlyn and hubby Seth). Some of what the characters went through are probably foster specific, but resonated with my dysfunctional childhood and mirrored some of my own issues. If you want a book with “feels”, this is it. Overwhelming love, anger, tears it’s all there. Do yourself a favor and get this book.

This is a superbly written novel with everything for which a reader could ask! Emerald O’Brien’s description of the main characters has such reality imbedded. Their difficulty believing in themselves, questioning whether their decisions are the right ones, doubting their abilities and intelligence...these things are exactly what happens to real people who have suffered grave abuse. With drama, action, completely unforeseen plot twists and more, I highly recommend this book. 4.8/5⭐️ I was given a complimentary copy of this book, but happily give my honest review.

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I Enjoyed this book!! This book is suspenseful!!

Good read! Look forward to book 2.

Another great read by Emerald O’Brien

Half a star rating. This started out intriguing with almost likeable characters who were held back from developing by far too much rambling and disjointed introspection. I don’t like to give a low rating to hard working authors with incredible ideas and stories, but this book did disappoint.

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The Emerald Isle; or, The Caves of Carrig-Cleena, is a two-act comic opera, with music by Arthur Sullivan and Edward German, and a libretto by Basil Hood. The plot concerns the efforts of an Irish patriot to resist the oppressive "re-education" programme of the English, which has robbed the Irish of their cultural heritage. A quirky "Professor of Elocution" who is hired by the English to continue this "re-education" of the Irish switches sides to help the Irish defend their culture. Romantic complications cause a confrontation between the Irish patriots and the superstitious English at the supposedly haunted caves of Carric-Cleena, and disguises are employed to hold the English off; but the professor ultimately comes up with a solution that works out happily for all. The opera premiered at the Savoy Theatre on 27 April 1901, closing on 9 November 1901 after a run of 205 performances. The opening night cast included such Savoy regulars as Robert Evett, Walter Passmore, Henry Lytton, R...

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