Review: Bluewater Blues (Bluewater Bay #15) by G.B. Gordon

Bluewater BluesI started this book in the afternoon and finished it before I went to bed that evening. In fact, I devoured it so quickly that I didn’t even take a few notes in my phone while reading, like I usually do to make writing reviews easier. I couldn’t bear to tear myself away from the story long enough to do so! 

As a full disclaimer, I do not know enough about autism or sensory processing disorder to comment on the representation of either in this book. From my ill-informed perspective, I adored the characters of both Margaret and Mark, especially how Jack treated his sister as a whole person — a person with communication difficulties rather than lack of intelligence.

Though I expected the shift between third-person and first-person passages to be jarring, the perspective worked perfectly for both characters. Jack was not just himself, because his sister is an inextricable part of his life. However, the deep-dive into Mark’s brain brought his voice and peculiarities to life without exoticizing him. (Bonus points, as well, for Mark being a person of color in a understated but unmistakable way.) The way Jack and Mark work around Mark’s sensory issues to become intimate was also incredibly sexy.

My only real critique of this novel is that I find it a tad unbelievable that Jack never once did any research into what may have actually happened back home that prompted him and Margaret to head across the country. Seriously, it was a google search away. Though this lack of knowledge was a bit far-fetched, it did work well as a set-up to the climax to the novel.

Would love to check in with this family again in later installments of the Bluewater Bay series.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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