'SEPTEMBER 1957

Henry and Effie, young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon. It's the end of the season and the town is deserted. As they tentatively discover each other, they begin to realize that everyday married life might be disappointingly different from their happily-ever-after fantasy.

Just as they get ready to cut the trip short, a decadent and glamorous set suddenly sweep them up into their drama - Clara, a beautiful socialite who feels her youth slipping away; Max, a wealthy playboy and Clara's lover; and Alma, Max's aloof and mysterious half-sister.

The empty beach town becomes their playground, and as they sneak into abandoned summer homes, go sailing, walk naked under the stars, make love, and drink a great deal of gin, Henry and Effie slip from innocence into betrayal, with irrevocable consequences that reverberate through the rest of their lives...'

This book wasn't for me.

I really wanted to like this book, but something about it just didn't gel with me. I can see why it is getting The Great Gatsby comparisons; but I didn't like The Great Gatsby either. If you did like The Great Gatsby then you will probably love this book.

I found the way in which the story weaved a trail between marriage, love, sex and betrayal unsettling. It may be because I was unable to connect with any of the characters, making their emotions and choices seem pointless to me.

As I couldn't relate to any of the characters is was up to the story, setting and writing to keep me interested and unfortunately none of them where up to the task.

With no characters to care about i found the story slightly meaningless. I didn't really care about what happened to anyone or anything. I also found the setting really boring. While the writing did have some great moments, overall i found it kind of heavy and at time jarring.

Unfortunately this was not the book for me.

Cape May by Chip Cheek is out now.