It’s the most happiest of days: new book day! Today is the release day of Useless Bay, the new atmospheric thriller from Edgar-nominated author M. J. Beaufrand.
On Whidbey Island, the Gray quintuplets are the stuff of legend. Pixie and her brothers have always been bigger and blonder than their neighbors, as if they were birthed from the island itself. Together, they serve as an unofficial search-and-rescue team for the island, saving tourists and locals alike from the forces of wind and sea. But, when a young boy goes missing, the mysteries start to pile up. While searching for him, they find his mother’s dead body instead—and realize that something sinister is in their midst.
So what’s the real Useless Bay like? To celebrate the release of Useless Bay, here are some things to know about the beach – and none of them involve murder.
1. Useless Bay isn’t the beach’s official name.
The small indent on Washington’s Whidbey Island earned the nickname Useless Bay by Captain George Vancouver in 1792, because of its sandy and shallow slope, which stranded his ship “Discovery” on the beach after they tried to anchor there in a storm.
#UselessBay is out now! Here are some things to know about the real beach – and none of them involve murder.
2. Useless Bay’s beach can extend nearly a mile out from shore.
That same sandy and shallow slope that makes it impossible for mariners to bring their boats to shore means that low tide at Useless Bay is really cool. When the sea recedes, the beach extends more a half mile out from the shoreline.
3. Hey, I can see Seattle!
If you drag out a chair and sit on Useless Bay, and if the weather lines up just right, you can see Seattle’s skyscrapers in the distance – so far-off and blurred that they almost look like a mirage, but still distinctly Seattle.
4. People love naming things after Useless Bay.
Useless Bay is far from useless – especially if you want to name things after something nifty. My favorite? The Useless Bay Coffee Company – which locals refer to simply as UBCC. The retro diner offers fantastic coffee and specializes in paninis.