“I untie the dock cleats and shove the boat into the water as gray as the sky. Sometime in the past few hours, gunmetal clouds have rolled over mountaintops, shooting down icy gusts that froth the surface of Lake Crosby into a million white peaks. My stomach churns, and not from the water’s chop.”
Thank you Park Row Books for gifting me a copy of Kimberly Belle’s newest novel, STRANGER IN THE LAKE, to read and provide an honest review for.
“When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused a ripple of gossip in their small lakeside town. They have a charmed life together, despite the cruel whispers about her humble past and his first marriage. But everything starts to unravel when she discovers a young woman’s body floating in the same spot where Paul’s first wife tragically drowned.
At first, it seems like a horrific coincidence, but the stranger in the lake is no stranger. Charlotte saw Paul talking to her the day before, even though Paul tells the police he’s never met the woman. His lie exposes cracks in their fragile new marriage, cracks Charlotte is determined to keep from breaking them in two.
As Charlotte uncovers dark mysteries about the man she married, she doesn’t know what to trust—her heart, which knows Paul to be a good man, or her growing suspicion that there’s something he’s hiding in the water.”
I was excited to read this book as the synopsis sounded like it would keep me on the edge of my seat. After sitting down to read the first 50 pages, I was still interested in the storyline but it was falling short for me. I am always one to enjoy figuring out the twist of a story early on as I love seeing how the author brings it all together at the end of the book. However, this wasn’t the case with STRANGER IN THE LAKE. I figured out the twist pretty early on but didn’t love how it all came together.
I did enjoy how this book flipped between present and past as that gave me more of a glimpse into who Paul was leading up to the man that married Charlotte. I also felt like the suspense of what happened in his early years added to the suspense of the storyline.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book (I gave it 3.5 stars) and would encourage you to pick it up. As I have said before, not every book is meant for everyone to enjoy so please take my review with a grain of salt and give it a try!
Thank you to Park Row Books and Kimberly Belle for the opportunity to read this book before its publication date.
STRANGER IN THE LAKE will be published on June 9th, 2020.